Thursday, March 21, 2013


We often kept granola on hand while I was growing up. Most of the time a small bowl full was used as an after school snack. Occasionally during the summer we would have it for breakfast, but not very often since my parents thought hot cereal such as oatmeal was much more healthy and energizing.

After we got married, both LV and I thought we had enough oatmeal while growing up and granola became our version of healthy cereal. Thankfully, we all love it.


14 cup oatmeal
5 cup coconut
2 cup wheat germ
4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 cup butter
1 Tbsp. vanilla

In a large bowl mix oatmeal, coconut, wheat germ, sugar, and salt. In a small saucepan melt butter. Once melted remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Spread a layer onto a cookie sheet or cake pan and bake at 225ยบ stirring every ten minutes until it has been toasted a nice golden brown. (About an hour) Cool and store in a tightly covered container.

This is a base recipe. You can always add nuts, sunflower seeds, and dried fruits for a nice variety. We prefer not to add anything to ours.


  1. That sounds good and as a "grazer", I like to have things around that I can just grab and handful of and go. YUM!

  2. That sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  3. I would love to make my own granola but my daughter has a life threatening nut allergy. do you have a suggestion for a substitution for the coconut in the granola? since I've never made it, I don't know if I can substitute anything.

  4. dayna, you can always substitute the coconut with oatmeal.

  5. I always use some crisp rice cereal in our granola. Lightens it a little and tastes great!

  6. Yum. We love homemade granola - it never lasts long when I make it! And you can change it up to suit all your own needs/tastes.


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