Recently,  I prepared to make a fresh batch of granola and realized I did not have some of the ingredients needed.  I started brainstorming using some of the ingredients I did have. What was the end result?


I am so excited to share this recipe with you and know you will love it as much as we do! Homemade granola is a staple in our house. It is simple to make, healthy, and my hubby raves every time I make it!

I have been making granola for so long that over time I have created a great recipe that has just enough sweetness without being unhealthy and is crunchy without being bogged down with refined sugars, butters, or oils. The base of this recipe allows for endless options for changing ingredients - coconut, dried cherries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and on...and on. You get the idea. Get creative, switch out the nuts and dried fruit in the same measurements and find the flavor combinations that you and your family love!


From start to finish this recipe takes no more than 30 minutes and makes a large batch.  This granola recipe is just perfect for the fall!  It is delicious on top of yogurt, hearty in a bowl of warm almond milk and fresh berries, or just eaten by the handful...my favorite way! This recipe is a keeper and am so glad to share it with you!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!


4 C. Rolled Oats
1/2 C. coconut (optional but recommended)
1/2 C. dried fruit (Dried apple rings for fall harvest - Chopped) -- set aside
1/4 C. seeds/chia, sesame, flax or assorted (Pumpkin Seeds for fall harvest - Chopped) -- set aside
1 t. Cinnamon
1 T. Brown Sugar (optional)
1/4 t. salt
1 t. Pure Vanilla Extract
1/3 C. Honey
4 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

First thing first, measure your ingredients!  I find it so much easier when I'm cooking or baking to prepare mise en place before starting any recipe.  (Mise en place is just a fancy French word for measuring everything out ahead of time.)

Place all the dry ingredients, except the dried fruit, into large bowl and mix with the honey, oil and vanilla extract until everything is evenly coated.

TIP:  Heat the oil and honey slightly BEFORE mixing it into the dry ingredients it will be easier to mix together.  You do not need to do this step but it just make the mixing a little bit easier.

Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-20 minutes.  Granola should be golden brown.  If the granola is not quite golden brown yet, stir with large spoon to mix it up, spread back out in pan and put back in oven for up to 5 minutes.  Be careful not to step away from the oven at this point or you run the risk of burning the granola. It is very disappointing and smells really bad!  Been there, done that.

Once golden brown, remove from the oven and cool on baking sheet until slightly warm and pan has cooled. Place mixture in a large bowl and add dried fruit.  Mix together and let cool completely on counter.

Once cooled, place in a sealed contain at room temperature and ENJOY!!

From my HOME to yours, 

Andrea Maranville1 Comment