Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I love granola but find that most of the stuff you buy in the store is too dry and bland. A friend of mine made granola when Brody was at her house. Brody didn't really like it but I ate the entire bag before we got home. She gave me the recipe that she got from the New York Times. I added the nuts and berries I like and changed the quantities slightly. It is very easy to make and once you taste it, you wont want to buy granola in the store any more. One of the shocking ingredients is olive oil. I thought it would add a weird after taste but it doesn't at all. Try it and let me know if you think it is delish.


3 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c. roughly chopped pecans
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. maple syrup
1/2 c light brown sugar
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl add oats, nuts, coconut, syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Mix it all together and then spread it on to a cookies sheet in an even layer. Bake for 40 minutes. Every ten minutes go in and stir it to keep the browning evenly. Once it is well toasted remove from oven. Add cranberries and toss one more time and let cool.

These make great holiday gifts to give a hostess or a teacher.


  1. I made mine this year for Edies, running teachers. I didn't use pumpkin seeds or pistacios. I used cashews instead, but have used whole peacans in the past and really liked it that way. This year I tried puttting in the apricots and they burned and were inedible, so had to pull them out.
    But I really enjoy this recipe. Mine also had sunflower seeds and I put in the cardemon.

  2. Glad to see you love it as much as me. I put the fruit in when it was cooking the first time and learned my lesson. What I love about making my own granola is that I can add what I want each time. Thanks for checking out my blog.

  3. Thanks for the support. I'm following you as well. Yes I'm definitely going to try this perhaps tomorrow I will let you know how it goes. It looks yummy : )

  4. Great. Let me know what you think. I am looking forward to sharing recipes with you.

  5. Beautiful pictures! I will have to try adding dried cranberries, sounds yummy!

  6. I've never tried making Granola..looks very interesting! need to try this.

  7. I made this granola and served to my guests and they all loved it. I added cashews and walnuts instead of almonds and pecans. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  8. I love making granola too. The possibilities are, it can get expensive to sustain our "Hippie Crunch" addiction (that's what we call granola).