Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Easy granola

The thing about homemade granola is that you can come up with an infinite number of combinations, and as long as your ratio of wet to dry ingredients is right, you can't go wrong. My kid needs a lot of protein in an easy, portable form, so we go through a lot of granola at my house. Here's the recipe we've been using the most lately (it's all very approximate - there's not a lot of measuring going on here):

Mix these together in a bowl:
3 cups of rolled oats or any combination of oats, barley flakes, quinoa flakes, buckwheat flakes, etc.
⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
⅓ cup sunflower seeds (or any kind of nuts you want)
A generous sprinkle of sea salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
A dash of cloves (or just use pumpkin pie spice for all the spices)
Mix these together in a glass measuring cup:
¼ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup maple syrup
1½ tsp vanilla

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 300° for about 25 minutes.

You can also mix in a handful or two of dried fruit right when you take it out of the oven. We usually add currants or dried cherries.


  1. Anonymous9/23/2015

    I like the idea of cloves in granola. Yum! Where do you get good dried cherries? The ones I used to buy were kind of hard.

    1. Trader Joe's has really good dried cherries. We love the tart Montmorency cherries but they also have a sweeter variety.

  2. This recipe looks easy! I'm kind of intimidated by some of the recipes on the cooking blogs that have 20 ingredients.

  3. Charlotte9/23/2015

    Have you ever tried this as granola bars? I was thinking about making bars for an upcoming road trip.

    1. I haven't, but it is fairly clumpy, so I would bet you could make it into bars.