I’m on a roll! I made granola too.

So, I’ve done two out of three things on my frugal to-do list. Amazing. I should make a list like that more often, apparently, seeing as I’ve now gotten two things done that I’ve been meaning to do for a year or two now. The granola was quite tasty…so far we’ve eaten it plain, as a cereal, and on top of yogurt, and it was good all three ways. I wouldn’t say that it’s terribly crunchy(despite the name)…at least, not as crunchy as a commercial granola, but it does form nice clumps, and isn’t as hard to chew as some granolas.

The recipe I used is available on the Taste of Home site(Crunchy Granola) but I’ll post it here with my modifications(because of course I can’t follow a recipe exactly, ever!)

2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup salted sunflower kernels
2 cups raisins

(I left out the sesame seeds and sunflower kernels, and I used a combo of raisins and craisins. Also, I had no sliced almonds, so I chopped some whole ones.).


1)In a small saucepan, combine honey, oil and brown sugar; cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat; add vanilla.

2)In a large bowl, combine the next five ingredients.(note: This does not include the raisins. A scatterbrained cook,who shall remain unnamed, accidentally added the raisins at this point, noticed this in step three, and had to pick them out of the sticky honey/oatmeal mixture.)

3)Add honey mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Spread onto two ungreased baking pans. Bake at 300° for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in raisins. Bake for 10 minutes.

4)Cool, stirring occasionally. I’d edit this to say that perhaps it should be stirred regularly while cooling. I gave mine a half hearted stir and then left the kitchen to do something else. When I came back, the honey mixture had turned into a substance which held the granola to the baking sheet with a Krazy-glue like tenacity. Witness the vertically-held cookie sheet that is depositing no granola on the floor. With a little perseverance, I did manage to chip it all off of the two baking sheets, but it was no small task. I’m not positive that my lack of stirring was the problem…it could also have been the ungreased cookie sheets(which the recipe did specify). When I make this again, I’ll do some troubleshooting and let you know what worked.

Store in an airtight container. Yield: 10 cups.


  1. Donna says

    Hey Kristen,
    Am taking a road trip tomorrow and am making this as the snack to share with my fellow car mates. I did Sunflwer & Pecan with a mix of dried;Cherry, Wolf Berry and Craisins even added some of my own dehydrated granny smith apples. I forgot to add the vanilla extract. Will let you know how it comes out.

  2. Kelly says

    I was curious about the calories in this since I love granola, but its often high in calories. I followed the link to the original recipe and it says over 1000 calories for 1/2 cup?! That seems crazy to me! Any suggestions for a more low-cal version? Thanks!

  3. Kristen says

    Kelly, I just did my own calculations, and figure out that Taste of Home’s calculations are wrong. They say it makes ten cups, but yet say it only makes five servings. So, the calculations there are for a 2 cup serving, not for a half cup.

    I typed in my ingredients (I left out the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds because I don’t put those in), and Spark People says the granola is 266 calories per 1/2 cup. That’s more than is in a half cup of Cheerios, but it’s also a LOT more food than a half cup of Cheerios. Granola is more dense, so it’s higher in calories per cup, but a cup of granola will stick with you a lot longer than a cup of Cheerios will.

  4. says

    I use cooking spray on a Pyrex baking dish, and the granola comes off like a dream. When I forget the cooking spray, I have some sticking problems.

  5. Allison says


    I’ve been using Alton Brown’s granola recipe and really like it. The original recipe calls for 1/2 c vegetable oil, 1/4 c + brown sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup. I use just 1/4 c of the brown sugar (not the extra tablespoon(s)). I also double the oats and leave out the coconut. This cuts fat and sugar per serving, but even with doubling the oats and leaving the rest of the ingredients the same, I still get good stuff in every bite. My favorite combo is pecans, sunflower seeds and dried cherries, but cranberries, walnuts, almonds are all good. The important part is the slow browning. I have found I prefer the maple syrup flavor to honey and I also like a non-clumpy granola (with the extra oats, there isn’t enough liquid in the recipe for clumps). I don’t grease my cookie sheet or use parchment and I haven’t had a problem with sticking. Good Luck!

  6. Jean says

    I have neglected making my favorite breakfast (and dessert) dish–Granola/Yogurt/Fruit Parfait. But now that spring seems to have arrived (at least for a couple of days), I went to the store to collect the ingredients. It is expensive but spread out over several days not as expensive as buying premade. My problem is the yogurt, since they took my favorite brand of vanilla off the market. But I am going to try to make it with your recipe along with the granola. Then that will be more natural and I will just need to buy whatever fruit I desire for the week. Thank you for showing what you make and the recipes.


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