Recipe: How to Make Granola

My blogging friend JJ has me hooked on this granola recipe.  I’ve made in 3 times in 3 weeks.  Yum-o-licious does not even begin to describe it.  Not even close.

I don’t know why I had never made granola before.  I guess sitting around and waiting for a hot deal on Quaker Granola cereal seemed easier than trying to make my own.

But this recipe is foolproof.

Seriously, you can do this.

But I’m warning you… Once you make it, you’ll be addicted.  Who knows, you may even start hugging trees, wearing Smart Wool socks and drinking herbal tea.  So if you turn into a total hippie after making homemade granola, don’t blame me.  I warned you.

Every time I have made this granola recipe I have done something a little different. The first time I used cranberries and left out the almonds, the second time I used cranberries & sunflower seeds and this time around I used cranberries, apricots and omitted the salt.  Perfect-O!

How to make Granola.

5 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped

In a large bowl toss the oats, nuts and coconut together. Combine the brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until creamy {about 2 minutes}. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Pour the mixture onto a lined cookie sheet {I used a silpat} and bake at 250 degrees for about 60. Stir every fifteen minutes so the mixture does not burn. Cool to room temperature, add dried fruit and hide the granola goodness in an airtight container. Ration accordingly.  Recipe Credit

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  1. says

    I love homemade granola.
    And then a friend gave me a recipe for homemade granola bars!! I make those at least once or twice a week. They are SO much better than store bought!

  2. says

    I must say, I just discovered your website thanks to couponconnections featuring you and I love it. I make a lot of my own homemade stuff like laundry detergent, granola and bread. I am so excited to try out this granola recipe (mine is good, but I love the idea of peanut butter in it). It is nice to see another blog that focuses so much on how to save money but not just with coupons. There are so many ways we can save money and I think getting back to the basics of making stuff from scratch is a great way!!

  3. says

    Mavis if I was gay I would marry you. Your ideas are amazing and I would love to be in the kitchen when you are cooking. Keep the ideas comming.

  4. Dawn McCloskey says

    Do you think you could use almond butter with this? I have a sensitivity to peanuts. Can you tell me too. Is brown sugar an okay sugar to eat(less processed than say white sugar)? I use guava nectar and honey a lot nowadays. There are just some recipes though where the brown sugar makes the flavor??? What’s your opinion…

  5. Martha P says

    You could use either almond butter or cashew butter – both more expensive than peanut butter – and I would use sucanat instead of brown sugar. It’s evaporated cane juice. Again, a bit pricey. You can buy it online or in some natural food stores.

  6. B.J. Miller says

    What Could I use in Place in Place of Coconut? I am SO BADLY ALLERGIC!! Or would it make a difference if I just omitted it without using anything else?

  7. Stacy says

    The link doesn’t work for:
    Gorgeous Granola: The Ultimate Collection of the World’s Finest Granola Recipes
    Is that a book or cd/dvd??? Do you have a different link, I can’t find it even in a search…thanks :)

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