This is a great recipe for homemade granola. I make it weekly! Any dried fruit can be substituted for the raisins. I use dried cranberries in mine and it's fantastic!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Mix oats, brown sugar, coconut, wheat germ, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Stir water, oil, and vanilla extract into the oat mixture; spread onto a baking sheet.

  • Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy, about 1 hour; transfer to a bowl. Stir raisins and almonds through the granola.

Nutrition Facts

367 calories; protein 8g 16% DV; carbohydrates 49.8g 16% DV; fat 16.2g 25% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 25.4mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2013
Just made this recipe actually made a variation. I only used 1 cup of oats (I cut it down because I didn't want to waste the oats if I screwed it up!) I added steal cut oats Chai seed and Hemp seed as well as the wheat germ. I didn't have coconut but substituted the oil for coconut oil. I didn't use brown sugar I used maybe a 1/3 cup (all that I had) of coconut sugar and about a 1/4 cup or so of organic maple syrup and some stevia. Also cut down the spices. I added dried cranberries pumpkin seeds and almonds. It came out great. I've never made granola before and used this as a guide. I'm surprised more people don't make their own so easy and good. You can see I changed a lot from a very good recipe and worked with what I had. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/07/2017
I just made this and threw it out. I followed the recipe exactly and by 45 minutes it had burned. I will try this recipe again either lowering the temp to 250 and baking for 1 hour stirring every 15 OR baking at 325 for 30 min and stirring every 10. It smelled great before it burned though!! Read More
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70 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2013
Just made this recipe actually made a variation. I only used 1 cup of oats (I cut it down because I didn't want to waste the oats if I screwed it up!) I added steal cut oats Chai seed and Hemp seed as well as the wheat germ. I didn't have coconut but substituted the oil for coconut oil. I didn't use brown sugar I used maybe a 1/3 cup (all that I had) of coconut sugar and about a 1/4 cup or so of organic maple syrup and some stevia. Also cut down the spices. I added dried cranberries pumpkin seeds and almonds. It came out great. I've never made granola before and used this as a guide. I'm surprised more people don't make their own so easy and good. You can see I changed a lot from a very good recipe and worked with what I had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2014
I changed it around a little, but loved the recipe!! I used 1/2 brown sugar-1/2 pure maple syrup (cooked covered in the microwave for 3 mins., prior to adding to the oat mixture). I added 1/2 teaspoon of maple flavoring to the 1/2 cup of water. I used whole pecans, hazelnuts, sliced almonds, and whole flaxseeds (just my preference). I too, thought a teaspoon of salt enhanced the flavor. To cook it, I separated the mixture onto 2 cookie sheets, lined in foil and sprayed with cooking spray. I placed both pans into the preheated **375 degree** oven for 12 mins. stirring after 6 mins. I then lowered the heat to 300 degrees, stirred it once more, and returned it to a 300 degree oven for an additional 6 mins. I then turned the oven off completely, do not open the oven door to check or stir it again. The trick is to leave it in the oven until the oven with the granola inside, has cooled down completely.. This cuts the baking time to 18 mins., and makes it all very crunchy, but not overdone! When it comes out of the oven, completely cooled, I added white raisins, and craisins. So very yummy. One last note...after removing the cooled granola from the oven (BEFORE adding the craisins/raisins) reserve 1-2 cups and add chocolate, or carob chips, to to the reserved granola, it's perfect on top ice cream or frozen yogurt!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2013
Fantastic! I used cranberries & pecans instead of raisins and almonds. Also added in 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup cashew pieces. I only had to bake for 45 minutes. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2014
Exactly what I was looking for a bare bones basic granola with only a few inexpensive ingredients. The possibilities to customize this are endless. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2014
Excellent easy recipe. I add a teaspoon of salt and some real maple syrup in place of half the brown sugar. I also used walnuts and pecans and dried cranberries. We love this granola! And I made some for gifts for teachers at my sons' preschool and was asked for the recipe and now they make it all the time too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2013
The cup of water threw me for a loop because I've never seen a recipe that calls for that much--but it made it clump better which is exactly what I was hoping for. Great sweet flavor. I added dried cranberries and chopped almonds at the end and omitted the nutmeg. This will now be my go to recipe. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2013
This was just what I was looking for!! Very easy to throw together sweet and balanced. I only cooked mine for 30 minutes total it was crispy enough for us. I will certainly be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2014
This is very good! I subbed out some honey for some of the brown sugar just for preference. I don't like raisins so I subbed out for some dried cranberries. Loved the coconut! Served this on some plain yogurt I had sweetened with honey and sliced strawberries. Nice breakfast! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2014
This is the first granola recipe that hasn't either burnt stuck to my pan or been sickly sweet. Would make again! would add some sesame seeds pumpkin seeds or other small nuts to add to the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/07/2017
I just made this and threw it out. I followed the recipe exactly and by 45 minutes it had burned. I will try this recipe again either lowering the temp to 250 and baking for 1 hour stirring every 15 OR baking at 325 for 30 min and stirring every 10. It smelled great before it burned though!! Read More
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