Homemade Cereal


I learned how to make cereal with my mother-in-law's wonderful granola recipe. She's made it for years. It's so flexible and so much cheaper (and better) than store-bought granola. Store in airtight containers.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 7 cups quick-cooking oats

  • 1 cup wheat germ

  • 1 cup wheat bran

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped dates

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 cup flaked coconut (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

  2. Mix oats, wheat germ, and wheat bran together in a large bowl.

  3. Stir brown sugar, vegetable oil, honey, and water together in another bowl until blended. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour brown sugar mixture into oat mixture and stir until evenly moist. Transfer to a large, shallow baking dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Add dates, pecans, and coconut to the baking dish and stir to combine. Continue to bake for about 15 more minutes. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

526 Calories
22g Fat
77g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 526
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Sodium 219mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 497mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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