4 cups old-fashioned oats 1 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.
Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finish mixing by hand. Spread granola in a 15x10 inch baking pan.
Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in raisins or cranberries. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
What an inexpensive way to make your own granola rather than those boxed varieties. The flavor can also be changed or enhanced by using almond extract in place of the vanilla. To add some color or get the kids to eat, reduce the amount of raisins to half cup and add a cup of M & Ms. As another way to enjoy this granola, serve layered with vanilla yogurt and fresh berries.
Baker July 27, 2014 REVIEW:
Love it! I use 1/2 the sugar and it is still fantastic!
M July 20, 2014 REVIEW:
A yummy addition to your breakfast or snack!
Member since: Oct 16, 2009
Autumn13 June 26, 2014 REVIEW:
Homemade Granola is perfect for yogurt toppings and to toss in cereal! Better yet its easy to make. I think the brown sugar is what really brings out the flavor and I would add a touch more to it. You also have your choice of raisins or cranberries (or use a combo or tried other dried fruit like dried cherries)
Member since: Oct 15, 2013
lindasuep June 23, 2014 REVIEW:
This homemade granola is a delicious way to eat healthy on the go! For a faster cooling time, put the granola pan in the refrigerator. I'd recommend using cranberries instead of raisins for the perfect balance of tart and sweet!
MtnBiker May 14, 2014 REVIEW:
Super easy and delicious. I've been making this recipe for several years and have shared it with many people. All positive feedback. Goes great on yogurt, as a cereal or just a simple snack.
Member since: Jun 18, 2011
GeorgiaGirl November 7, 2013 REVIEW:
Better than store bought!
Dp10 March 17, 2013 REVIEW:
This is the 1st granola recipe I have made & I love it! So easy & fast & delicious! My husband is always looking for the 'perfect' granola & he said he's found it! I actually omit the brown sugar & add in about 1/2cup of sweetened coconut. I also add roasted pumpkin & sunflower seeds after it has finished baking.
Patti March 9, 2013 REVIEW:
Awesome recipe! We replaced one cup of the raisins/cranberries and added a diced apple after the first 10 minutes of baking. We love it and will eat as a morning breakfast cereal with milk. Would like to add some flaxseed on our next batch!
Lulu February 1, 2013 REVIEW:
Great recipe....then I played with it. I used honey and coconut oil, and my own candied walnuts as well! Really Yummo!
Kearny Kardinal January 31, 2013 REVIEW:
Great basic granola recipe. As comments mention, it can be tweaked to suit different tastes. My only problem, if you want to call it a problem, is I thought it was a little too sweet. I'll cut down on the sugar next time. Thanks!
TxMommy January 6, 2013 REVIEW:
So easy, my two year old helped make it. We added some cocoa powder to the mix and it was perfectly sweet without adding more sugar. New family fave.
Granola Lover January 4, 2013 REVIEW:
As an avid granola eater, I can truly say that this is the best darn gronala I have ever made and tasted!! It was so easy to make and I really like how I already had all of the ingredients on hand to make it. I have two girls age 6 and 4 and they just can't get enough of it, which is okay because it is a very healthy snack. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.
someone January 3, 2013 REVIEW:
Very yummy! I even cut back on the sugar a bit and it was the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and spice.
anonymous December 29, 2012 REVIEW:
Quite delicious! Not sure how long this batch will be around. It's just too good!
Member since: Dec 18, 2012
Cheftdm December 18, 2012 REVIEW:
Love this!! Quick, easy and delicious. This granola disappears as fast as I can make it. To make it "chunkier", I slightly increase the amount of liquids added to the dry ingredients, then during the last 10 minutes I add the fruit and pat down the entire tray with the back of my cookie spatula. After it cools you are left with more nuggets of deliciousness.
Ellasmiles December 14, 2012 REVIEW:
Baked this for the first time and love it! I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and it turned out great! Will try with flax seed and dried coconut next time! Also, it smells amazing as it is baking, great way to make a house feel homey!
KristyB November 19, 2012 REVIEW:
This granola is bar far the best I have tried. I do not post reviews but this one I couldn't pass the opportunity to say how great it is! This will be a staple in my house!
Jared November 8, 2012 REVIEW:
Wow oh wow! Followed this to the letter, aside from chopping my own almonds. Fantastic. Served this with fresh fruit and vanilla Greek yogurt instead of cheesecake and ice cream and it was a hit! Great flavor. Any ideas on making it clump more?
tifff October 31, 2012 REVIEW:
Kschweizer October 6, 2012 REVIEW:
Delicious! I used walnuts instead because I didn't have almonds in the pantry. So so good! I tried a bite every 10 minutes when it was time to turn and mix. I agree with the other reviewers who said it was the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Can't wait to have this for cereal or in yogurt. Or just plain.
quietpal September 28, 2012 REVIEW:
This is the best granola I've tasted so far. I followed the directions as written with the exception of adding a little more honey. The flavors are excellent and I like the hint of saltiness I taste. I will definitely make this again and again. As of right now, I don't want to eat another cereal again.
Leah September 25, 2012 REVIEW:
This recipe is absolutely delicious! My husband says it is the best cereal he has eaten...ever! It has the perfect balance of salty and sweet. The recipe is easy to add to... I added in some pepitas and flax seed. Love it!!!
CrazyChris September 2, 2012 REVIEW:
This recipe is awesome! The taste reminds my wife and I of the homemade granola we purchased from quakers on our honeymoon...fantastic! I turned the temperature up a little after the 40 minutes because I like it nice and crispy, and stirred it every 5 minutes for an additional 10 minutes. I also added chopped pecans because my wife loves them. Great and simple recipe! Cheaper and much better than store bought granola. Thanks
holly August 8, 2012 REVIEW:
Never made granola before in my life, and my husband and i are going camping this weekend and it was just too expensive to buy. made this, and it's DELICIOUS! and cheap to make! thank you so much, will certainly keep this is my 'made and love' recipe section :)
klc722 August 3, 2012 REVIEW:
german kid July 26, 2012 REVIEW:
also first time for me, to leave a review. recipe turned out amazing! added coconut, cardamon and flax seed. thank you!
Member since: Jun 24, 2012
javonsnanna July 17, 2012 REVIEW:
This was my first time making granola and this recipe was great. The next time I make it I will bake a 275 and add the raisins at the last ten minutes as the seemed to get a little over done.
TooGood June 25, 2012 REVIEW:
I have never written a review on any site, ever. And let me tell you, MAKE THIS! It is absolutely amazing. I added some sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, and dried banana. I wouldn't of changed it for the world. Please make!
Crunchy Girl June 16, 2012 REVIEW:
I usually don't bother with reviews, but I had to come back and write one for this stuff. This is hands down the best granola I've ever had! It totally beats the store bought stuff, and is cheaper too! It's really almost fool-proof..just make sure you stir every 10 minutes. It's not overly sweet, and there's just a hint of saltiness in each bite to balance the sugar/honey. Oh my goodness...I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that I found this recipe!
amess May 15, 2012 REVIEW:
People who said it burned - did you use old fashioned or one minute oats? That makes a big difference I think. I used quick oats the first time and only had them on half the time and watched them carefully. The old fashioned took a lot longer and are more chewy in the end.
vettech08 May 6, 2012 REVIEW:
I loved this recipe! I added dried cranberries at the end, and OH MY GOSH the best granola I have ever tasted! This recipe is a KEEPER!
Steph May 2, 2012 REVIEW:
This recipe is awesome! I cut the brown sugar down to 1/4c. and it was still plenty sweet for me (but I like subtle sweetness). I used local honey from the farmers market and added 1/2 teaspoon almond extract just to kick it up a notch. Excellent!
Jazzie April 30, 2012 REVIEW:
This recipe was amazing. For all the reviews that say that it burned the only thing I can think of was you weren't stirring it every 10 minutes. It is very important to mix it up every 10 minutes. I have absolutely no complaints about this. Yum yum yum :)
LLee March 5, 2012 REVIEW:
I never write reviews, but this one I had to make time for! Really really good and so easy! I used organic honey flavored agave nectar in place of the honey and it turned out perfectly sweet!
Member since: Jan 23, 2012
debbeehive January 23, 2012 REVIEW:
the flavor is great and easy to make, but after 20 minutes in the oven it was almost burnt....I think I'll try 40 minutes at 200 next time.....thanks for the recipe
Smax27 September 25, 2011 REVIEW:
I love this granola recipe. It was easy to make and tastes great. I did however substitute the almonds for chopped pecans and I used dried cranberries. I also threw in some white chocolate chips after it was cooled and it was a perfect treat!
Guest Foodie June 6, 2011 COMMENT: Could you use agave nectar to replace the honey in this recipe and how?
Guest Foodie March 31, 2011 REVIEW:
Yummy! Instead of all almonds I did less almonds and added pecans. I also added 1/2 cup of coconut and added some maple syrup to the honey mixture. Very good over yogurt or ice cream!
Guest Foodie March 21, 2011 REVIEW:
I loved this granola!! It was especially delicious on top of a banana with nutella yum!
Grandma L September 27, 2010 REVIEW:
Question - When I cooked it for 40 minutes it burned. When I cooked it for 15 minutes it was fine. I checked the tempurature of my oven at it said that it was 300. What am I doing wrong?
therose June 23, 2010 REVIEW:
Wonderful granola. Made it identical to recipe (with raisins). Great added to cereal, yogurt or just eat by itself. If you don't want to clean the pan, line it with foil with no cleanup at all. Will experiment with other ingredients next time but using the same base.
Beth June 19, 2010 REVIEW:
Great stuff! I browse this website occasionally but I've never left a comment. This recipe deserved a comment! I LOVED it!! It's the middle of summer and boiling hot but I turned on the oven anyway. It was worth it! I followed the recipe exactly...except I reduced the amount of oil to about 1/6 cup to make it a little lower in fat and added a little more honey. It came out perfectly crispy, sweet and WAY better than the store-bought stuff! (Plus, I figured up the cost-per-batch. For me, in the midwest, it was only $4.50. And no preservatives! YIPPEE!) THUMBS UP! THUMBS UP! :)
Member since: Jun 6, 2010
nmaf02 June 6, 2010 REVIEW:
Loved it! It smelled heavenly when baking. Thanks for the great recipe!
Cdiet February 3, 2010 REVIEW:
I love this granola! I find it amazing that's it's rated as a 3 because it's super easy. Smells wonderful. Tastes great. Good with milk or yogurt.
redsoxhater January 21, 2010 REVIEW:
This is really yummy! It's so easy to make and tastes great!
Guest Foodie September 9, 2009 REVIEW:
I love this recipe and use it frequently.
HippieChickie April 29, 2009 REVIEW:
Tastes great. I'm going to try different variations and see what I get, but great base recipe.
Guest Foodie March 9, 2009 REVIEW:
Really fabulous - my house guest from Germany requests it for breakfast everyday with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit!! Used non-stick spray on the extra large cookie sheet, and added sliced AND slivered almonds, wheat germ, and coconut. Used dark brown sugar and maple syrup as the sweeteners - a little less of both as we're trying to cut down on sugar! Delish!!!
mcguyver January 26, 2009 COMMENT: absolutly, easy, delish, and makes me happy!!!!!!!
awesome guy December 29, 2008 REVIEW:
really good and crunchy
sya October 12, 2008 REVIEW:
This is a really good recipe. After reading the reviews, I made a few adjustments to my personal taste (only in the things I added) and it was great!!!! I added flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, pecans and substituted bluberry sauce for half the honey. The result is better than any granola I've ever purchased.
yogamom August 31, 2008 REVIEW:
It's great and my kids love it to great as a trail mix or as cereal i make a double batch so we don't run out.
laurie July 11, 2008 REVIEW:
I tried this after reading everyone's reviews and it exceeded my expectation. Many people talked about variations and I tried some different fruits and nuts with it. Bottom line is this recipe makes delicious granola no matter what your favorite additions. I tried blueberries and cranberries with pistacios, sunflower seeds and almonds and it's fantastic. Next time I'm going to add some coconut. Trader Joes has a great selection of dried fruits so you can try most anything.
I did not have any problem getting this to crisp up or adding the fruit after it was cool. It was easy and delicious.
susan June 19, 2008 REVIEW:
this is great. EVERYBODY wants a copy of the recipe ! I used a cookie sheet and it worked well for just the right crisp level though it requires a gentle turning so as not to spill . well worth the effort! I also added walnut pieces to the almonds ( 3/4 almond 3/4 walnuts) as for the berries, I used a package of raisins and cranberries mix - no problem stirring them into cooled mixture.
Guest Foodie May 13, 2008 REVIEW:
My 6, 4 and 1 year old love this. My husband too. It's soo easy, so yummy, healthier, and saves on our grocery bill too. Thanks so much. Im off to make more now.
Guest Foodie March 18, 2008 REVIEW:
This turned out very well. The recipe was easy to follow and included ingrediants I already had on hand or were easy to find. I made one batch following the recipe and made another substituting pure maple syrup for the honey and chopped pecans for the almonds. Also quite yummy. My husband said he was impressed with the results! :) My only suggestion is to be sure to pay close attention the last 10 minutes. I turned the oven off at 35 minutes and pulled it out at about 37. I was worried about it overbaking as it had already began to brown.
Adrienne March 6, 2008 REVIEW:
Not sure what happened. I followed the recipe to a "T," and I could not get it crisp. It started to have an overbaked taste, so I didn't want to leave it in longer than 50 minutes. Any tips on where I may have gone wrong?
RKC December 17, 2007 REVIEW:
This recipe is great for people who enjoyed a balanced granola. The first time I made it I only had salted nuts on hand and used those (cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds). The little bit of extra salt made this recipe great.
e December 7, 2007 REVIEW:
I have come back to this recipe several times now. It's easy, delicious, and the list of basic ingredients means I can make it without a trip to the grocery store. My family loves it. My kids choose this over junk food breakfast cereals. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.
fili November 5, 2007 REVIEW:
I would love to have the specs on the granola recipe, I need it for my diet,....
janie November 2, 2007 REVIEW:
While this is indeed a tasty cereal or snack, I believe that there is a bit of a problem with not adding raisins or cranberries until it completely cools. I did it as directed, but the cranberries didn't mix with the other ingredients at all. I used Thick & Rough Oatmeal and their recipe on the box is very similar, but adds the fruit before baking. They also suggest coating the pan with a non-stick butter flavored spray, which might have saved me some of the mess of breaking the cereal out of the pan.
Guest Foodie October 16, 2007 REVIEW:
Came out great! For a good tasting (and cheaper) change, try organic locally grown Sorghum. Adds a unique flavor.
Guest Foodie September 19, 2007 REVIEW:
Made it, ate it, making it again today! FAST and easy and really good!
And thank you CDkitchen for NOT making me print the ads with the recipe! LOVE that!
Guest Foodie September 7, 2007 REVIEW:
Good easy recipe.
Member since: Sep 3, 2007
DeeShadowBlog September 3, 2007 REVIEW:
Great recipe! I made it with Cream Hill Estates gluten-free oats since I have celiac disease. I'm so excited to eat 'real' granola again! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Next time I'm going to add seeds like sunflower & sesame for more fibre. Ground flax too.
crunchmoster August 22, 2007 REVIEW:
this was a great recipe! I added a lot of honey so it would cluster better. you can also make granola bars with this. try adding peanut butter or chocolate.
tazzy August 9, 2007 REVIEW:
super easy and suprisingly POPULAR with family. made it for myself, and have gotten many requests for more, more, more!! great as a mix in with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit.
april1359 May 14, 2007 REVIEW:
This is a great basic recipe that you can take anywhere your imagination wants to go. I substituted blueberry flavored syrup for 1/2 of the honey and added dried blueberries, raisins, whole almonds, flax seed, sunflower seeds and shelled pumpkin seeds. My co-workers gave it rave reviews. Try it in organic vanilla yogurt for breakfast!
Bug's Mommy March 5, 2007 REVIEW:
This was super easy. Which is great with an infant in the house as I don't have the time to cook that I would like to. The taste is also great. Can't wait to make this a family tradition.
chocolate December 19, 2006 REVIEW:
this granola was simple (good for me cuz i usually mess recipes up) really crunchy and yummy and there were easy ingredients...good with yogurt (especially berry flavor)...but a tip if your gonna make it, place a pretty thin layer on the cooking sheet because i made mine to thick and it wasn't getting crispy enough till i transfered it to a larger one.
Blondie September 21, 2006 REVIEW:
This was easy and delicious. My husband, who is a granola nut, says that this is the best granola he's ever had. Basic great flavor!
trying2Bhealthy August 22, 2006 REVIEW:
SMELLS SO GOOD, and super easy!
healthyish April 24, 2006 REVIEW:
This is delicious and so simple to make! Tastes great dry or with milk. It's really great with soy milk!
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