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Family Time – Granola

Granola is one thing I love having in the pantry.  It is great for breakfast or an afternoon snack with yogurt and fresh fruit. If it is on sale for less then 2 dollars a pound, I will buy it on occasion at the health food store. Although, I typically I make it at home  3 or 4 times a month.  The ingredients in my recipe are things I have on hand all the time.  Granola recipes have endless options; at the end of this post are some substitutes that you could use for making your own granola.

This past week, while my grandma was visiting we made this recipe together.  I’d love to share it with you today for Family Time.

Simply My Granola

First, we got out all the wet ingredients and a small saucepan.

Here is my very cute gram, measuring out all the wet ingredients and warmed them through.

Here is the the dry ingredients all measured out.

Then we poured the warm wet ingredients over the dry ingredients.

Time to go in the oven! :) It made the house smell so sweet and delicious!

Simply My Granola

1/2 cup grape seed oil or canola oil

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

4 cups oatmeal

1/2 almonds, chopped

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup puffed wheat

1/2 cup puffed millet

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup of raisins or dried fruit (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 300°F

1. In a small saucepan combine: oil, honey, water, vanilla and cinnamon.  On low heat warm these ingredients; the desired consistency should be thinner then when you first put them in the pan.

2. In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients.

3.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together well.

4. On a lined baking sheet, empty bowl onto sheet, spreading out the granola on the sheet.

5. Place in oven for 20 minutes, then stir ingredients and return to oven for an additional 15 minutes.

6. After 35 minutes, remove from oven, let cool and store in an airtight container.

Using my recipe you can substitute any of the ingredients.  Remember stretch yourself to use what you have on hand.  This saves you money and keeps you creative! Here is a list of dry ingredients you could use:

  • Any type of nuts would work: peanuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans.  Just dice, chop or slice them.
  • Seeds: sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
  • Cereal: flaxseed (ground), wheat germ, puffed wheat, puffed millet, rice, oats, and barley. Just to name a few.
  • Dried fruit: cranberries, strawberries, blueberries and raisins.
  • Chocolate: chopped dark chocolate bar, chocolate chips, or Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free.  I was a little skeptical of these chocolate chips at first but honestly you can’t tell the difference.  Add chocolate to granola once the granola is cooked and cooled.

Here is a list of wet ingredients you can use:

  • Get creative with spices: cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice . Or try these: pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice.
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Orange juice (use in place of water in my recipe)
  • Organic Agave (I’ve found that amazon has the best price for organic agave when you subscribe and save.  Subscribe and save feature doesn’t not cost you anything and you can cancel anytime.)
  • Oil: coconut, grapeseed, or canola oil work best.

I hope this granola inspires you to make this recipe or make your own that your family will love!

Have you made granola before?  What are your favorite combinations to put in it?  Share them in the comments.  



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One Comment

  1. That looks soo yummy! I’m going to try to make some! A lot of the granola they sell at the store has a lot of sugar and other junk in it. This is a great alternative! Thanks for sharing!