Do you love granola? I do. It’s one of those recipes that brings me back to my childhood and it’s a good food memory for me. I remember seeing my mom open the oven and stir her homemade granola. She took all day to bake her granola and then she’d enjoy a bowl of it warm with milk before it hardened into crunchy granola. I took her recipe and changed it a bit, I’m excited to share my recipe for Easy Homemade Granola, a recipe made with seeds and nuts. I hope you love it as much as I do!
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I only have my mom’s recipe because my grandma gave it to me, which I was so thankful for because my mom couldn’t give it to me because she passed away when I was a teenager. The original recipe is something I treasure, but I can’t find a few of the ingredients (rye flakes and wheat flakes, might be cereals, but I’ve never seen any rye flakes cereal), so I took the recipe and altered it a bit. I added pumpkin seeds too. I love to mess with recipes, so it was fun for me;) My recipe turned out differently than my mom’s granola, but, that’s okay, I really like the new recipe.
Do you have food memories? I love food memories. They are so strong, and whether they are stirred up from the exact recipe or something similar, they conjure up such fun memories.
I can see my mom eating a bowl of her granola with a smile in her pink terry cloth nightgown. She always made a giant batch and stored it in a rectangular light green container. It’s a warm fuzzy memory for me because it reminds me of lazy mornings when we didn’t have to be anywhere. Those were the best mornings!
Ingredients for the Easy Homemade Granola
It’s super easy to make this granola, but it takes a good chunk of time, so be sure to make it when you will be home for several hours.
The granola cereal is really yummy and I love it with milk poured over it. The recipe is very simple to make and contains four types of seeds/nuts: pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds, toasted sesame seeds, and slivered almonds. I love this recipe, it packs a good healthy protein punch for breakfast.
I enjoy this granola best with milk poured over it. It is delicious with a cup of coffee with a lovely creamer. I love to pour the milk and let it soften the granola a bit before I eat it.
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The twelve ingredients for the Easy Homemade Granola recipe:
- 1 1/2 old fashioned whole grain oats
- 1/2 c. wheat germ, original toasted
- 1/2. dry roasted sunflower seeds with sea salt
- 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
- 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds (I found these with the Asian foods)
- 2/3 c. pepitas, roasted and salted (aka pumpkin seeds, they are so good, I’m totally obsessed with these!)
- 1/2 c. slivered almonds
- 1/2 c. whole wheat flour 100% whole grain
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1/4 c. cold water
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
How To Make the Easy Homemade Granola
Dry ingredients are mixed together (oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, sesame seeds, pepitas, almonds, flour).
The honey and olive oil are combined, then poured over the dry mixture. Mash and stir to moisten dry ingredient mixture.
The cold water is added slowly and stirred after each addition. I’m not sure why, but my mom thought it was important so I do it. Mom’s are right, I should know, I’m a mom too;)
The coconut oil is used to grease the cookie sheet. Spread granola flat across the greased cookie sheet.
The cereal is baked at 225° for 2 hours and stirred every 15 minutes. I always write it down on a piece of paper and check off every fifteen minutes, or I lose track after so many stirrings (I get interrupted a lot with 3 boys!). Then, bake for 30 more minutes.
The granola is then cooled while still in the oven for about 2 hours.
Again, I don’t know, but my mom thought it was important, so that’s enough reason for me! Plus, it works out well, so I do it.
Once it is fully cooled (don’t forget to enjoy a bowl with milk while it’s still warm), store it in a sealed container. Enjoy this homemade granola cereal with your favorite milk poured over it for breakfast.
Have you ever used wheat germ? When I went to the store, the young kid I asked about wheat germ had no clue what I was talking about, zero. I ended up telling him it’s for making cereal, but he still had no idea where it was in the store. I don’t think wheat germ is commonly used;) After searching all over, I finally found it in the breakfast cereal aisle.
I enjoy using wheat germ in recipes or topped on cereal because it’s so healthy. It’s loaded with great nutrients and vitamins like vitamins A and E, phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, iron, zinc, and folic acid. Plus, wheat germ contains protein, so, combined with the nuts and seeds, wheat germ contributes more good protein to this easy homemade granola cereal. Wheat germ has zero saturated fat and also contains potassium and fiber. It’s good stuff!
Granola for Breakfast
I love this granola for breakfast. I enjoy it with dairy milk but use your own favorite milk though, I’m sure it’s tasty with soy, almond, rice, or cashew milk. Hey, that sounds really good! I might have to try it myself with cashew milk! Yum!
It’s something I like eating while sipping on coffee. It’s filling, so you don’t need a whole lot of it in your bowl. I love the nutty, crunchy bite it delivers. I let it sit for a few minutes with milk before I enjoy it. It’s super delish!
I hope you enjoy this Easy Homemade Granola Recipe! If you make it, I’d love to hear how you like it. Thanks for visiting my blog!
Eat well and enjoy life!
Looking for more yummy recipes? Try out these: Healthy Chewy Homemade Carrot Banana Granola Bars
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Easy Homemade Granola Recipe Seeds and Nuts
- 1 1/2 cups oats old fashioned whole grain oats
- 1/2 cup wheat germ original toasted
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds dry roasted with sea salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
- 2/3 cup pepitas roasted and salted
- 1/2 cup almonds, slivered
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 100% whole grain
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Mix the dry ingredients together: 1 1/2 c. oats, 1/2 c. wheat germ, 1/4 c. sunflower seeds, 1/4 c. packed brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, 2/3 c. pepitas, 1/2 c. slivered almonds, & 1/2 c. whole wheat flour. Stir well. Mash up any brown sugar clumps.
- Mix 1/2 c. honey and 1/4 c. olive oil. Stir it as best as you can, it doesn't mix together well. Pour over dry ingredients and stir and mash to moisten. Add 1/4 c. cold water slowly, stirring between additions until all has been added.
- Grease a cookie sheet pan with 1 tsp. coconut oil. Spread granola flat across the pan. Bake at 225 degrees for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Then bake 30 more minutes. Allow to cool for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours in the oven. Once cooled, store in a sealed container.