I love granola, but it’s so expensive. Recently, I’ve been playing around with different ways of making Homemade Granola from scratch. I had to play around with ingredients that I know my kids will eat, ingredients that I can afford, and ingredients that will add extra nutrition to the meal.
Once I had the ingredients that I wanted to use, the trick was finding the right proportions so that one ingredient isn’t overpowering the others. Well, I’ve finally found proportions that I love.
I can’t get enough of it. I actually eat it will milk kefir. If you’ve never made you’re own yogurt, click here and learn how. It’s super easy! But you can also make your own milk kefir. Over the past 25 years, I’ve had to reconstitute the kefir grains twice. They last a super long time and make a tangy yogurt like taste and a whole lot of healthy benefits by only adding milk. You haven’t made some before you should give it a try.
I calculated how much I pay in ingredients per ounce so that I could compare the price I pay in bulk ingredients to store-bought granola. It came to $5.73 per batch – that’s about 80 oz – or 5 boxes of cereal. That’s about $1.15 per box of cereal! I was so excited.
Now I can share with the rest of the family instead of hoarding it for myself. Just kidding. I always share (though I do hide chocolate).
Homemade Granola Step by Step
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. If there is something you’d like to add instead, or in addition, then just adjust the dry ingredients accordingly. If you add more nuts, put in less oats or puffed rice, etc.
Mix honey, oil, water, and cinnamon in a sauce pan and heat until melted. Brown sugar can be substituted for honey. Just add 1/4 cup more water.
Stir the honey mixture into the dry mixture until everything is slightly moist. I tend to use one large spoon and one hand to mix it well. But be careful! Scalding oil will hurt.
If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use another oil, such as olive oil or get some here.
Spread the granola out into glass dishes about an inch deep and put in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes. Keep checking and stirring occasionally because the sides will start to brown first and you don’t want it to burn.
***Don’t over bake***
Take it out when it is just starting to brown, otherwise it will taste too well done. It will continue to dry as it cools. Add raisins or chocolate chips or whatever other goodies you’d like, adding fesh fruit only when ready to eat.
As a fully dry, cooled mixture, you can store it in a large sealed container at room temperature for 4-6 months.
I’ve included a printable recipe card below for your convenience.
Homemade Granola Recipe with Coconut
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.4 cups rolled oats, 1 cup coconut flakes, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 2 cups puffed rice cereal, 1/2 cup wheat germ
- Heat honey, coconut oil, water, cinnamon and raisins in a saucepan over medium heat until honey is melted.1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well until dry ingredients are slightly wet.
- Spread granola over cookie sheets or glass dishes. If you put it in glass dishes it will be thicker and you will have to stir more often. Place in a preheated over of 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 min, stirring after 10 minutes. If not golden brown, continue to bake, checking every 5 minutes. Don't over brown or it will have a burned flavor.
- After fully cooled, add raisins if desired and then place in a sealed container.1 cup raisins