Homemade Granola Recipe

I’ve been eating this stuff my whole life.  I can remember my Mom making this homemade granola recipe when I was little.  Now, I’m in charge of keeping the cereal jars stocked for Nina and the kids to enjoy it on yogurt with fruit and berries. It’s nice because it stands up to the moisture in milk or yogurt (for a while) and stays crunchy.  Yes, this recipe makes a lot–around 8 pounds of homemade granola. Scale accordingly. Instead of chopping the nuts, you can put them in a gallon-sized, ziptop bag and go at them with the meat hammer. You can slice them if you want them to be pretty.

Homemade Granola


  • 2 lb rolled oats
  • 12 oz wheat germ
  • 1 lb almonds
  • 1 lb Cashews
  • 1 lb Raw sunflower seed kernels
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1-1/2 lb honey
  • 6 oz water
  • 1/4 cup vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 5 oz coconut oil
  • 1 lb raisins optional
  • 1 lb toasted coconut optional


  • Preheat oven to 250F.
  • Combine dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, disolve the salt in the water and then combine remaining ingredients. Pour wet mixture over Dry mixture. Mix well with a spatula, folding liquid up from bottom.
  • Spread out on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes.
  • Turn mixture over and repeat until cereal is almost dry and nicely brown.  (about an hour)
  • Turn off oven and leave door ajar.
  • Allow cereal to dry in warm oven for another 6-8 hours.  If you have a large food dehydrator, you can experiment with this final drying step in there, instead of in the oven.
  • Optionally, if you like raisins and / or toasted coconut, now is the time to add them.
  • Makes 24 servings (enough for a month)
homemade granola

This is my mom demoing the recipe

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

One Comment

  1. Valerie Lingeman

    Going to try this one at home…looks great!

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