Saturday, November 13, 2010


One of my favorite snacks is granola, and has been for a long time. Stir it into yogurt, eat it in a bowl with milk like cereal, sprinkle it on ice cream or frozen yogurt, eat it plain as a snack...  But I've never made my own, until today. I wanted to make a real simple, healthy recipe. This does have some sugar content (3/4 cups of brown sugar for a recipe that yields 6 cups of granola) but there is no butter or oil involved. It is delicious, has just a hint of sweetness -- and is incredibly addicting! The pan of granola was sitting out cooling while I was making dinner, and Paul and I kept sneaking handfuls even though we were about to eat.

I look forward to making this cheap, easy recipe again and again so that I can always have some granola on hand. Tomorrow morning for breakfast, I'm making yogurt/fruit/granola parfaits. Plain Greek yogurt (snagged the big container on sale!), blueberries I have stashed in the freezer (thawed, of course), granola, and a drizzle of honey. Yummmm. I can't wait for tomorrow morning, just for this breakfast.

This is a pretty basic recipe so feel free to add extras if you wish... dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut, etc.



adapted from Kathleen Daelemans' Food Network Recipe

Makes about 6 cups of granola.

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (I used 1 cup pecans, 1 cup walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. In a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, combine brown sugar, honey, and water. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes, or until sugar is melted. (If you double the recipe, use a bigger vessel in the microwave! The mixture bubbles while heating.) Stir the vanilla and salt into the brown sugar syrup.
  3. In a bowl, combine the oats, nuts, wheat germ, and cinnamon. Add the brown sugar syrup and mix well.
  4. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or greased), and bake for 45 minutes. Stir the granola every 15 minutes during baking. Let cool and store in an air-tight container.



  1. I love granola... And I can use 1/4 of my wheat germ?? Bonus!! ;) Seriously, sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it! Great post! ~Kate

  2. I know you've been wanting to make your own granola for a while and this obviously turned out great! The store bought versions are horrible so I'll have to try making this very soon. Very nice post too!

  3. If you want to avoid the brown sugar, try maple syrup and apple it the sweetness without the sugar. I found that out on Runners World Forum and it is so good.