Friday, 5 October 2012

Foodie Friday #9: Homemade Granola

As we get closer and closer to the holidays, it's time to start saving up for "Santa". This means coming up with thrifty ways to save money on our weekly grocery bill. One way is to do away with our cereal purchase, and make some tasty homemade granola! This recipe is great with some plain or vanilla yoghurt, or even just milk, and is packed with protein to keep the whole family going in the colder months. Enjoy!


4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flax seed meal (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

In a large bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, flax, brown sugar, seeds, nuts, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, honey, vanilla and water. Pour wet ingredient over dry mix and stir until well blended. Spread granola mix evenly over a 9x13" or 11x17" baking pan. Bake for 1-1.5 hours, stirring every 20 minutes, or until toasted. I like to bake a bit longer because my family likes crispy granola. Remove from oven and let cool. Place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.


  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe Melissa! It's very close to mine. What's so great about granola is that you can throw in whatever you like and make it different every time: dried cranberries, coconut, dates, etc...

    1. You're welcome! I'm actually on the lookout for a good granola bar recipe that doesn't contain nuts, so if you know of one I'm all ears! My kids are fine with nuts, but it would nice for school snacks :)

  2. You make it seem so easy. It probably is...

    1. It really is! Just kind of pop it in the oven, set the timer, and give it an occasional stir. I'm not a huge fan of nuts, but really enjoy this.