My Favorite Granola Recipe
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My Favorite Granola Recipe

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“I first made this granola when I was just 17 years old, but I have never since found a granola I like as much. I may add fresh fruit to it, but it’s delicious just as it is.” Sarah Wilson - Republic, WA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sunflower kernels
  • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 311 calories, 19 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the water, oil, brown sugar and honey. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Pour over oat mixture and toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 300° for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as My Favorite Granola in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p60

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Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"I *love* this recipe. I skip the sunflower seeds, and use ground flax seed instead of wheat germ. I cut the oil to 2 T. and the brown sugar to 2 T. also. After it bakes I add in 1/2 c. dried cranberries. It is delicious."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"I make this frequently and love, love, love it. I have tried variations on the ingredients and it always turns out delicious. I sub sliced almonds for the nuts (i have braces) and add wheat bran instead of germ, and it is great. You can cook it for a little less time if you want a softer granola. You can also add 2 tsps of cinnamon for a good flavor. Raisins are good too, but I would add them after the granola is out of the oven or they are too hard & dry."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"Very easy, great recipe. Not too sweet and very crunchy. I can't believe granola can be so easy. I can't wait to try adding things to mix it up a bit."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"This is a great recipe. Next time I will probably make it a bit sweeter by adding more honey or brown sugar, but that's just my taste."

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