Breakfast Granola Recipe
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Breakfast Granola Recipe

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This is one of my family's favorite breakfasts. I love to dress it up with fresh mint and golden kiwi. It gives them the energy they need to get through the days chores. —Wilma Beller, Hamilton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup honey or molasses
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup uncooked oat bran cereal
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • Yogurt and fresh fruit, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 275 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 18mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Spread rolled oats on a 15-in. x 10-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Stir; bake 5 minutes longer or until toasted. Meanwhile, combine honey and oil in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Remove oats from oven; toss with nuts, bran and coconut.
  2. Pour hot honey mixture over oat mixture; toss well. Return to oven and bake 20-25 minutes, stirring every 6 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir in raisins and dates. Cool. Store in an airtight container. Serve with yogurt and fresh fruit of your choice if desired. Yield: 8 cups.
Editor's Note: Look for oat bran cereal near the hot cereals or in the natural foods section.
Originally published as Breakfast Granola in Country June/July 1991, p53

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Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 39329
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"Wow, this sure was a good recipe for having so many arguments. I studied LOTS of granola recipes before I bought all of my ingredients because granola can be expensive to make. I used this one because it was very like many others. In studying, I learned that the oil is as important as every other ingredient because without it, you have a gooey mess. Anyway, this was a great recipe. It has all of the things that are important to me in cooking for my family... very low sodium, lots of room for substituting ingredients or adding them depending on what I have at home at the time."

nessienessa User ID: 4880384 11236
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Pretty tasty. Easy and fun to make with my kiddo."

TERKIS User ID: 6412477 62976
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"Absolutely a 5 star. I added dried cherries and apricots as well. Really yummy"

KScales User ID: 3262967 27113
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"Due to comments here, we have reviewed the nutrition facts of this recipe again. They are correct as published, however, they are based on a 1 cup serving, which is quite generous. We have recalculated the recipe on a 1/2 cup serving, which brings the calories down to 275 and the fat to 12 g. That new information will be reflected here soon.

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njrj User ID: 4408974 13436
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"This recipe does look good--although I will have to leave out the nuts, too, due to food allergies. The calories are quite high--each person has to make their own decision about that. However, name calling and belittling people really is uncalled for, I think. This site is about recipes--not judging others."

puregolf User ID: 5022361 15303
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"This is a tasty recipe, for all you self centered idiots who feel the necessity to write and police my eating habits as well as others...just don't make it, feel free to dine on celery as your favorite food. You are the reason people need "child proof" lids on vitamins."

twoangel User ID: 2679721 40975
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"The recipe looks yummy, but I question the amount of carbs per serving and the calories.....not the best healthy even with the great properties of the dried fruit and oats ......would pass on this ."

DmKottwitz User ID: 2550026 39323
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"I was interested in the recipe until I saw the number of calories! There are more calories in 1 cup of this recipe than I consume in 2 meals!"

cricketbean User ID: 4899745 14581
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"my daughter loves the idea of granola on her yogurt but her tree nut allergy makes it impossible for me to buy store bought varieties. I can leave the nuts out of this and she can eat all she wants"

Sheryljean User ID: 4501162 14578
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"My husband absolutely loves this. i often add different types of dried fruites and nuts.

I have also used raisen bran in place of plain bran flakes"

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