D.I.Y. Recipe: Basic Granola Formula

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I love granola. My home kitchen version of granola is something like my college roommate’s recipe for Vegetable Surprise: a little of this, a little of that, clean out the pantry, and, voila – a healthy, whole-grain start to your morning that takes little time and forethought (a Saturday morning at home reading the paper or cleaning house) and no need to read labels for hidden ingredients.

Combinations are limited only by your imagination. How about almond extract instead of vanilla? Add spices. A completely organic version, or one using all local ingredients? Let us know what you like in your granola!

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Basic Granola Formula


Ingredients for dry

  • 5-6 parts

    Rolled oats

  • Scottish or steel-cut oats
  • Wheat germ
  • Flax seed
  • Almonds , walnuts, pecans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Shredded coconut (unsweetened)

Ingredients for wet

  • Canola, vegetable or olive oil (Don’t be scared to use olive oil; even extra virgin imparts little flavor on the final product)

  • Honey or maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    table salt



  1. Start with about 8 cups dry to 1 cup wet for a mildly sweet, crunchy granola, but feel free to adjust the proportions to your taste from there.

  2. Preheat oven to 250° F.

  3. Combine dry ingredients and pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Combine wet and pour over dry, then gently mix. Bake for about 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

  4. After baking, add 1-2 parts dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries, or cranberries.

[From Laura in Colorado…]

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