My Mama’s Granola Recipe


This recipe is based on the Blair House Granola recipe, with some minor modifications.

Ingredients (5 cups):

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup honey (can’t wait ’til farmer’s market for local honey!)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • On the stove, heat oil, honey, brown sugar; add vanilla and salt.
  • Mix remaining ingredients and pour oil mixture over.
  • Mix with hands until evenly mixed.
  • Spread over a large baking sheet and bake at 325 for about 15 minutes (stirring often).
  • When golden brown, remove and cool completely before storing.


  • My mom made the 50/50 oil/honey modification and I liked it, so that’s what’s in the ingredients.
  • My mom also likes to use all one type of nut (ex: almonds) rather than a combination.
  • She suggests swapping out dried cranberries (craisins) for raisins.
  • What I did: Winco was out of pumpkin seeds, so I used roasted, salted peanuts, instead. I also used craisins instead of raisins and doubled the measurement (no such thing as too much fruit). I also added a bit of cinnamon in the original heated oil mixture, which the original recipe didn’t call for.
  • Also, because my roasting pan is relatively small, I let the granola stay in the oven an extra couple of minutes, stirring a lot toward the end, to make sure it was all adequately cooked.

Side note for shopping on a budget: Winco has almost all of the ingredients for this recipe in their bulk section. Yay! Had I just stuck with the few things I needed, but didn’t already have as staples in the house, I could have gotten out of there for next to nothing.

Verdict: Holy cow is that good! And so easy! Glad I added the touch of cinnamon. I just added some soy milk for a late night snack and it’s delicious. I foresee the 5 cups disappearing rather rapidly between breakfasts and school/work snacks over the next couple of days.


About rokchike

I'm Monica Topping: Mom, artist (Rock Chick Designs), event promoter (North Coast Open Studios), '09 HSU journalism grad, photographer, writer...etc.
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4 Responses to My Mama’s Granola Recipe

  1. beachcomber says:

    Not MINE but the recipe I use. You dad mixes it with Corn Flakes or Grape Nut flakes so it stretches. My favorite take-to-work breakfast is cubed apples, a couple plops of Greek yogurt and granola. I take them in separate containers so the granola stays crisp. Very yummy mid-morning.

  2. Gloria says:

    Yay Winco Bulk section!

  3. sibee says:

    I’ve had a lot of success with the Olive Oil Granola recipe that was on the New York Times website ( Super easy, tastes AWESOME, and you get all the healthy benefits of olive oil.*


    *At least, that’s what I tell myself when I’m eating gargantuan handfuls of it.

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