Grade A Granola

I love granola. I eat it with fruit, yogurt, smoothies, and by itself even!  The problem with granola is it can contain all sorts of fat and sugar if you buy it store bought. Not knowing exactly how it is made can transform this healthy food into a fattening indulgence. Trader Joes is a great place to get pretty healthy store-bought granola. But even better is to create your own! Here is a great recipe; I’ve been making it for about a year now and its gotten nothing but rave reviews! My parents and sister now make their own granola, too, and base it off this recipe. It’s super easy to double (or triple), lasts for months, and you can substitute into it, too.


4 cups of oats (I use Quaker)

Approx. 1 ½ – 2 cups sliced almonds

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ – 2 cups raisins or cranberries



Cooking Instructions

  • Set oven to 300 degrees F
  • Mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon together.
  • Warm the oil and honey
  • Whisk vanilla into the oil and honey mixture
  • Pour the oat mixture into a baking pan (about 10×15 inch)
  • Pour the oil, honey, and vanilla mixture into onto the top of the oat mixture
  • Bake 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to spread around the liquid mixture
  • Take granola out and let cool for about 5 minutes
  • Stir in the raisins/cranberries and let cool completely before taking granola off pan
  • Transfer into Ziploc or Tupperware to ensure lasting freshness


There you have it! Such easy preparation and you know exactly what ingredients go into it. I’m sure you could substitute coconut oil, too, if you are a big coconut oil fan. Try it out – let me know what substitutions work for you in the comments below.


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