Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Homemade Granola

Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey and sometimes rice which is baked until crunchy. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast-cereal-type consistency. I used to buy them from the super mart ready made and it was quite pricey. I decided I am going to make my own granola and tada here is it….a tupper full of crispy goodness! I added in dried fruits like cranberries, sultanas, dried apricots and dark raisins after the granola cools down for extra flavor.

Good as a breakfast food and snacks for the family….and homemade granola can keep for several weeks in the fridge. Easy to make too and the rolled oats and nuts coated with maple syrup and flavored with cinnamon spice, when baked gave out a nice aroma. With the added dried fruits…it makes a complete breakfast diet. Full of fiber and vitamins ! You can eat with cold milk or alone by itself as snacks . A bowl of it a day keeps the doctor away !

Granola ingredients : Rolled Oats , pecan nuts, almond nuts,
walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
Dried fruits : Cranberries, dark raisins, sultanas and dried apricots

rolled oats with all the nuts and seeds and
mixed with maple syrup mixture which consists of
melted butter/canola oil and ground cinnamon.
Baked at 165º C for 30-45 mins, stirring occasionally.

Cool them before adding in the dried fruits and mixed them well.

Store in airtight container.
Homemade granola can keep for several weeks in the fridge.

Homemade Granola


300 gms rolled oats
75 gms sliced or silvered almonds
50 gms raw sunflower seeds
50 gms raw pumpkin seeds
150 gms of assorted nuts - of your choice
( I used pecan, walnuts, almonds and walnuts )

120 ml maple syrup/honey
2 tablespoons canola oil or 28 gms unsalted butter (melted)
¼ tsp salt
½ tbsp ground cinnamon

1 cup dried fruits of your choice
( I used cranberries, dried apricots, raisins/sultanas )


Preheat oven to 165º C and place rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, nuts, seeds, ground cinnamon and salt.

In a small bowl, stir together the oil/melted butter) and maple syrup. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together, making sure all the nuts, seeds and rolled oats are coated with the liquid. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 30 -45 mins or until golden brown, stirring occasionally so that the mixture is browns evenly. ( The browner the granola gets ( without burning of course) the crunchier the granola will be ). Place on a wire rack to cool. The granola may still be sticky when it is removed from the oven but it will become crisp and dry as it cools. Make sure to break up any large clumps of granola while it is still warm. Once the granola has completely cooled, add in the dried fruits and mixed well . Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for several weeks.

Enjoy and stay healthy !



  1. I always have some of this in my pantry but I add some coconut and sesame seeds to it. Its good for breakfast and also topping for yogurt and also as ice-cream.

  2. Healthy fast and tasty, it sounds perfect!

  3. I love granola and have made it all kinds of ways. Your recipe looks similar. Nice photos, too.

  4. maybe i should try making my homemade granola, it certainly contains less sugar than those at the supermarket. but 1st, let me find some time to do it. thanks for your recipe.

  5. I love making homemade granola. Love that you added pepitas and sunflower seeds!

  6. i should try my hand at homemade granola :). do the oats become crispy?

  7. We will make this up for the Grand Kids! Great photos! Best, s

  8. I feel healthier simply by reading this blog post, haha, thanks Elin^^!

  9. This is perfect for an afternoon snack. I haven't tried making homemade granola yet, but I've wanted to for a while.

  10. I have all these baking stuff in my storage but never think of mixing it together!! *knock my head*

  11. @ ICook4Fun : Hi Gert :) good idea to use it as topping for yogurt and ice cream. How come I never thought of that :)

    @ Christelle: Snacking on this is healthier than other junk food :P

    @ Lynnylu: Thanks :)

    @ Cindy Khor: Hi Cindy, it is definitely less sweeter than those bought off the shelf. It won't take much time and you will want to make again coz it is so good :))

    @ Alta : Me too , I love granola and now that I know how to make it...I will not stop making it...a tupper full of crunchy goodness!

    @ Pearl : You should try making it will love it and the rolled oats will be crispy if you leave it a bit longer in the oven. When it has cooled down you must keep in air tight container. It will remain crispy for a long time :)

    @ s.stockwell : :) hope your grand kids love it :))

    @ Kenny T : You are welcome Kenny, a tupper full of crunchy goodness..definitely a good snack while watching your fav. movies :))

    @ Jenn : Try making it will surely love a snack while readiang a novel or watching a movie..healthy snack :)

    @ My Asian Kitchen : Haha not too will love it I am sure :)))


  12. I love the idea of making your own granola. This way u get all the goodies you want (and as much of it as you want) and nothing you dont like. Looks delicious.

  13. Hi Heavenly Housewife :)

    Thanks for dropping by. Yup.. homemade granola are more delicious coz we can have the goodies we like and nothing we don't like LOL!

    I munch non stop at the office while working....:)

  14. I love homemade granola precisely b/c you can put in (and leave out) exactly what you want! It drives me crazy having to pick out some ingredient from a store-bought batch. This looks wonderfully easy to make!

  15. Hi Tangled Noodle,

    Yup, it is easy and you can have want you like in it :)

  16. A healthy and tasty snack that can give you that boost of energy that you need in a busy day... I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hi Kamran Siddiqi,

    Hope you like it. A tupper of goodness keeps the doctor away :)


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