My mother-in-law has made this wonderful granola cereal recipe for years. It's so flexible, and so much cheaper (and better) than the store-bought granola.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 30 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 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, and wheat bran.

  • In a medium bowl, blend brown sugar, vegetable oil, honey, and water. Mix in vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir the brown sugar mixture into the oat mixture until evenly moist, and transfer to a large, shallow baking dish.

  • Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until lightly brown. Mix dates, pecans, and coconut into the dish, and continue baking about 15 minutes. Allow to cool, and store in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts

526 calories; protein 10.7g; carbohydrates 76.8g; fat 22.3g; sodium 219.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2007
This was a good base recipe for granola- I substituted unsweetened applesauce for the oil unsweetened apple juice for the water omitted the dates and coconut added pine nuts slivered almonds raisins dried cranberries sunflower seeds and dried apricots. I also used all wheat bran instead of the mix of wheat germ and bran and it turned out fine! Very good hot like oatmeal cold with milk or mixed with applesauce. Read More
(46)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2011
Good flavor but too moist!!! It's not crunchy! I'd probably use oil for the water if I were to make this again. Read More
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65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2007
This was a good base recipe for granola- I substituted unsweetened applesauce for the oil unsweetened apple juice for the water omitted the dates and coconut added pine nuts slivered almonds raisins dried cranberries sunflower seeds and dried apricots. I also used all wheat bran instead of the mix of wheat germ and bran and it turned out fine! Very good hot like oatmeal cold with milk or mixed with applesauce. Read More
(46)
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2003
Yummy yummy cereal that stays crunchy in milk. I halved the recipe and did some substitutions due to lack of ingredients: I cut out the germ dates and coconut and I added 1/2 cup of flour 1/2 cup bran cereal (looks like twigs) and 1/2 cup of sliced almonds. This cereal is barely sweet so I added some raisins to my bowl when I served it. I'll definitely be making this again! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2006
This is our favorite granola! The only change I made is to bake it for 1 1/2 hours stirring once after the first 30 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2008
This has been one of my favorite recipes from this site! I make this all the time for my family and as gifts for friends. Everyone I've given it to has beeged for the recipe. My boys put it on yogurt or applesauce and I just love it in a bowl with milk for breakfast. When making it I include the optional cinnamon and nutmeg but I also include - 1 cup of flax seeds. I sometimes splurge on the vanilla too and add up to 2 tablespoons. As for the nuts I have found that I like chopped hazelnuts and almonds. I cook the nuts throughout the entire baking cycle to give them a nice toasted taste. Then I just add the dates for the last 15 minutes and skip the coconut. Super easy! Super good! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This cereal was great. I think I will make it and give it away as a gift. I used almonds no dates and oat bran instead of wheat bran. The taste was delicious. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2005
This is a wonderful nutritious and tasty cereal. For my youngest's food allergies I substituted oat bran for wheat bran ground up sunflower seeds for the wheat germ (an odd-sounding substitution but it worked) and about 1/4 cup barley malt instead of brown sugar (I decreased the water a bit to make up for the liquid). This goes great with rice oat or almond milk--and if you use just enough milk to cover the cereal and microwave it for about 60 seconds it makes a wonderful hot cereal (really brings out the pecan flavor). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I love this recipe. I used the spices and substituted whole almonds for the pecans because of my personal taste. I don't care for coconut so I left it out and the salt because I have to eat salt free. I also coated the almonds in a tablespoon of honey before adding. It is a great cereal. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2011
This turned out wonderfully! Because I did not have dates I omitted them. My granola took almost an hour to bake. I let it cool in the baking pan then added a cup of freeze-dried blueberries. We had this for breakfast and the kids and I absolutely loved it. I think next time I might switch out the honey for maple syrup. I think that would be good too. This was simple enough for me to make early in the morning while my kids were sleeping and have it ready to go as they were waking up. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2006
i changed the dried fruit to raisins and dried cranberrys. it came out great. i'm making this my #1 granola recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2011
Good flavor but too moist!!! It's not crunchy! I'd probably use oil for the water if I were to make this again. Read More
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