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Homemade Granola – The Real Thing

by Cathy on January 10, 2009

Granola is all about what’s good for us: whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits with a crispy, crunchy texture that is satisfying and stick-to-the-ribs delicious. My favorite way to enjoy this concoction is over Greek style plain yogurt and fresh fruit. If you want to start your day off right or need an energy boost mid-day this is the way to go. This recipe is wheat and dairy free. It also keeps well so is great to have on hand to tuck into a backpack or purse for a midday snack.

Homemade Granola
  • 8 cups old fashioned rolled oats, thick cut if you can find them.
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown rice syrup – see comment below
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Place in large roasting pan.

Combine vegetable oil, brown rice syrup, honey and cinnamon in medium bowl. Pour over oat nut mixture and mix well.

Bake in a 300 degree over for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven when the mixture is a light golden brown.

Note: Brown rice syrup is a liquid sweetener with the consistency of honey and a slight butterscotch flavor. It’s made by combining barley malt and brown rice and cooked until all the starch has turned to simple sugars. It metabolizes slowly over several hours so is a perfect sweetener for athletes, students, and anybody who wants to avoid dramatic shifts in blood sugar levels. Baked goods made with brown rice syrup are crispy so it is excellent in granola and cookies. Available at specialty groceries and on line.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

noble pig January 10, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I have always wanted to make homemade granola. This sounds wonderful. I like it with vanilla ice cream which is probably bad but still!


Argentum Vulgaris January 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Never been much of a granola fan. I try to avoid anything that smacks of healthy rosiness; fits my philosophy of life in that I am here for a good time not a long time.

But… having said that, i was absolutely attracted by the name of your blog, fabulous!

And you have some great reciepes.



Lisa January 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Homemade granola happens to have been on my mind since a friend shared hers with me yesterday morning! It seems like a perfect recipe for January. Yours looks wonderful! And thanks for the tip about the brown rice syrup. I’ve never tried it before but it seems like a great idea.


Mary January 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm

This is a very nice recipe, Cathy and you’ve made plain old granola beautiful to look at.


kab January 10, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I love homemade granola, too! Between you and Mark Bittman (he posted about granola this week, too) I’m heading to the store today to get supplies! Thanks for the inspiration.


Neas Nuttiness January 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm

My daughter just told me about your site. I’m so glad that she did! I’ve found several recipes that I want to try right away.
When you have an extra minute, drop on by my blog and say hello.


Lisa January 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Cathy-Thanks for posting your recipe. I have a chocolate (with cocoa powder, not chocolate chips or chunks) granola recipe that I make frequently, a gallon at a time, but I wouldn’t have thought to include coconut in, though coconut and chocolate are obviously great together. I think I will add that next time!


Barbara Bakes January 11, 2009 at 2:41 am

Thanks for explaining brown rice syrup. The granola looks wonderful!


Paula January 11, 2009 at 6:46 am

Ooooh Yeah!!! This looks great! All those yummy nuts and the dried fruit and oats sound awesom. I’ve a jar of brown rice syrup in the cupboard, but I didn’t know how to use it … now I do! Great recipe!


SusanQ January 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I love homemade granola and eat it several times a week with yogurt in the morning. It’s my favorite breakfast! I use the recipe shared in the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book but I love the extra ingredients in yours too. I may try yours next time :)

Love you blog!


~♥~ Monica S January 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Mmmm looks yummy! :-)

Greetings from Norway



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