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Homemade Granola

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***UPDATE – See this post about our new eating habits. (7/10/11) I use sucanat instead of the brown sugar now.

Man, oh man. I just love granola! I’m not sure who invented it, but God bless you brother! I love the crunchiness of it. I like how it has just a little bit of sweetness, just like me! I like how it’s crumbly so it falls all over your floor and you crunch it into a powdery mess to clean up later. Oh wait, scratch that last part; it probably only happens to clumsy me. You can buy granola in the store……or you can make it at home. I’ll just go ahead and tell you that homemade granola is amazing! Those things they sell in the store don’t even come close. Now, don’t misunderstand me – I do buy those from the store too. IF I have a coupon and IF it’s on sale and IF it’s a day that ends in Y. So, let me show you how to make your own granola and you’ll never look back! I’ll warn you though, you will probably see more granola recipes on here. I love it, so I make it in different varieties. I’m just full of variety!



Ok, here is what you need for this particular batch of granola. Basically we’re just going to go through the method of making it. Each recipe might call for different items. For this one, I used oats, raisins, craisins, brown sugar, salt, water, vanilla and maple extract. Whew! I love maple extract. It makes me want waffles…..and pancakes…..and french toast sticks. Plus, it makes your house smell divine. Do not rub it on your body as cologne. It will leave black marks and you’ll get questions about how you got bruises there.  Trust me.

Mix oats and fruit

Put your oats and dried fruit in a big bowl. I had raisins and craisins, so that’s what I used. You could use any type of dried fruit – apples, apricots, dates. Dried apples are so funny looking. It’s weird to me to pick up a limp apple. Normally that would signal that something was VERY wrong with your apple.

Dissolve the brown sugar

Now, you’re going to put your brown sugar, salt and water in a saucepan. Heat it up on medium/low until the sugar dissolves. You don’t need to boil it or anything, unless you walk away for two seconds and it starts boiling anyway. If that happens, do not freak out.  Just pretend like it didn’t happen. Moving on!

Add extracts

Pull your pot off the stove and add the extracts. Inhale the maple flavoring, but don’t drink it. It doesn’t taste as good as it smells. Why the heck is that anyway? It’s like some kind of cruel joke.

Coat completely

Get a big honking spoon and pour the brown sugar mixture over the oats and fruit. Stir, baby, stir! Make sure you get it all good and coated. Don’t leave any little oats out, they love sugar. It’s fun to stir this – I’m not sure why, but I had a blast. Yes, I realize I’m abnormal.

Use a large pan….or cookie sheet

Now, you can use a cookie sheet or a cake pan. I chose to use a cake pan because I have a BAD history of stirring things into the floor – I guess it’s because I have a blast stirring things and I get out of control. The sides of the pan give me a little room to have some stirring fun! If you’re brave, use a cookie sheet. I’ll envy you. So, grease your pan with cooking spray and dump the granola mix right on it. Spread it out nice and even.

Stir every 10 minutes

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and pop your pan right in there. Every 10 minutes you’ll need to stir. This is easier said than done when you have a little child who is VERY interested in what might be in that oven. Stir with one hand, use the other to keep a child at bay. I’m getting really good at multi-tasking. I just thought of Hansel and Gretel. The witch just wanted to pop them right in the oven – she needs to practice multi-tasking. Back to the granola!

Bake until golden

You’ll bake it until it’s nice and golden….and smelly! Boy does  it smell good! I think mine baked 30 minutes. You’ll leave it to cool a little bit. You can dump it out on wax paper to do that if you want, but I just kept stirring mine every few minutes. Yes, I do like to stir as I’ve already told you.

Yogurt with granola

Now you can eat it plain (like Annie), with milk (like Barry), or in yogurt (like the normal person would – me)! Talk about tasty! It was delish.

Reuse the canister!

Now, to store this stuff you can put it in a container with a lid, like Rubbermaid. I just happened to have emptied an oatmeal canister making this batch, so I dumped my granola right back in there. It keeps it very well. I like to reuse things. Oatmeal canisters are great for stuff! Annie loves playing with them too. She keeps her old toy remote in there.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Mmmmmm, looks delish!

  2. Stacy I have to say that anything in the kitchen that doesn’t require a microwave intimidates me. I’m so glad that this was so EASY and so DELICIOUS!!!!! It took me 5 minutes to make it, and 30 to bake it. My husband (who said he is not a fan of granola) has been converted. You are my kitchen HERO!!!!

  3. The Maple Granola is the first of your recipes that I’ve tried, and I must say that it is delicious! I just took it out of the oven…..the house smells wonderful. We’re going on a trip in our motor coach this week to Pensacola, FL. This granola will make a perfect snack and also a great breakfast sprinkled on top of vanilla yogurt.

    • I’m so glad you like it! :-) It’s one of Barry’s favorites. He gets so excited when I make it. Have fun in Florida! I’ve been to Pensacola…it’s very nice!

  4. Hi Stacy! Can I use maple syrup in place of the maple flavoring? Would it still give a good enough mapley flavor becausr I could drink maple syrup from the bottle:) PS- I just noticed your pink disclaimer above the comments section. So sorry you’ve been forced to put common sense & common courtesy in writing:(

    • Yeah, well yesterday I had a comment from a lovely gentleman who cursed me – twice. So, Barry had to put that up there.
      Anyway, you could try it. The maple flavoring is VERY concentrated, so it gives is a nice maple flavor….but when I make granola, I serve it with yogurt that’s been sweetened with maple syrup so that would help too! :-) I too share your passion of the syrup bottle.

  5. Ok, thank you Pinterest. Just found your blog and not only do I love the recipes but your sense of humor. I’m seriously laughing out loud. Thanks!

  6. I love granola but I hate how expensive it is to buy it in those tiny little boxes. Worse than regular cereal prices and I don’t even buy that O.O This recipe turned out so easy it was silly! I cut back on the amount of brown sugar, switched honey for maple syrup, and switched the mix-ins (slivered almonds, chopped walnuts and dried blueberries) all in order to use what I already had. My gas oven required a little more cook time to get the right consistency but after it was all done it turned out AMAZING! I will never buy another box of granola from the grocery store again. SERIOUSLY. Thank you Stacy! ^_^

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