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Granny's Great Granola

Updated on June 24, 2014

Granny's Sweet Enough Granola Recipe

This recipe is for anyone who loves granola, but finds the comercial variety to be too sweet.

I love granola, but I don't think all granolas are equal. They aren't all good for you either. Most of the time it is too sweet. The only place I could find granola that wasn't overly sweet was a place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula called Java Joe's in St Ignace. I live in Michigan, but it is a 5 hour drive to get to St Ignace from Detroit. I needed to find a solution, so I decided to create my own recipe.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, photos in this lens are my own.

Jelly roll pan filled with Granola
Jelly roll pan filled with Granola

I bake my granola in a convection oven. The fan circulates for an even heat. If using a conventional oven, then increase the bake time to a total of 20-25 minutes, stirring the mixture after 10 to 12 minutes.

This recipe makes enough granola to fill two jelly roll pans. My pans are very large, if you have smaller pans, you may need to divide it between three pans.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min


  1. 3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  2. 3 Cups Crisp Wheat Chex, crushed
  3. 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  4. 1/2 Cup Slivered, or chopped almonds
  5. 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts
  6. 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
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  8. 1/2 C. Fruit Juice or Apple Cider
  9. 2 -3 TBS honey
  10. 2 TBS Coconut Oil
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  12. Approximately 1-2 Tablespoons cinnamon to liquid mix
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  14. Dried fruit, such as cranberries, cherries, blue berries or raisins. 1-2 cups.
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  16. Preheat Convection Oven to 350 degrees.
  17. Coarsely crush the 3 cups of Wheat Chex. Pour into large bowl. Add the oats, wheat germ, nuts, and chia seeds to the Wheat Chex.
  18. Place juice in microwave to heat for 1 minute to boiling temperature.
  19. Add honey and oil to the juice. Stir until honey is dissolved and coconut oil is liquidized.
  20. Pour liquid mixture on top of oat mixture. Stir with spoon, then work with fingers until is starts to become slightly sticky. You may need to add approximately 2 TBS Water to help it along.
  21. Spread on to jelly roll pan that was lightly coated with oil. Sprinkle generously with Cinnamon, then bake.
  22. Bake in convection oven at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Open oven and stir the mixture to aid in drying. Bake for an additional 7 minutes.
  23. Let cool completely, then mix in raisins, dried cranberries, and/or dried cherries as desired. Store in air tight container.
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Spread Granola on Jelly Roll Pan

Bake in convection oven at 350 deg F for 7 minutes.

Stir, to evenly bake.

Bake for additional 7 minutes.

This granola can be baked in a conventional oven, but the baking time will need to be increased.

Start off with 10 minutes, stir, then an additional 10 minutes. The granola should appear slightly browned when done.

Ingredients List - Some of the ingredients used to make Granny's Granola

R.W. Knudsen Simply Nutritious Morning Blend Juice 32 oz
R.W. Knudsen Simply Nutritious Morning Blend Juice 32 oz

1/2 Cup Juice or Apple Cider

This is the juice I use in my recipe. Use a good quality juice. The flavor will be detected in the final product.

In season, I will use fresh apple cider.

Healthworks Chia Seeds Raw Pesticide-Free, 2lb
Healthworks Chia Seeds Raw Pesticide-Free, 2lb

2 TBS Chia Seeds.

High in long chain omega 3's

Chia. Yes this is the same seed that Chia Pets are grown from. I've been told that if you sprinkle them on a bed of soil, you will soon have a blanket of green. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to. Just to sate my curiosity.


Less liquids are needed if omitting Chia seeds

Chia seeds can hold a lot of moisture. If you omit the seeds when making granola, then you may want to reduce the liquids by about 1/2 cup.

A few items that will come in handy for making granola

Slap Chop
Slap Chop

Chop nuts using the Slap Chop. This is great for chopping nuts. I use this when making my granola.

Good Cook Plastic Bowl, 7-Quart, colors may vary
Good Cook Plastic Bowl, 7-Quart, colors may vary

Add the dry ingredients into a large bowl, then mix in the juice mixture.

Calphalon Utensils Wood Spoon, Medium
Calphalon Utensils Wood Spoon, Medium

I mix the granola mixture up with a wooden spoon that looks like this.

USA Pan Bakeware Jelly Roll Pan, Warp Resistant Nonstick Baking Pan, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel
USA Pan Bakeware Jelly Roll Pan, Warp Resistant Nonstick Baking Pan, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel

Spread the granola mixture evenly over the baking pan. My jelly roll pan looks simular to this one. I lightly grease the pan with coconut oil before putting it into the pan.


MANY WAYS TO USE GRANOLA - Easily layer with yogurt for a refreshing parfait

Here I put it in a small plastic container with a lid. My granddaughter took it to school for lunch.

You can also eat it with milk as a breakfast cereal.

Or sprinkle it on top of ice cream for dessert.

Unless otherwise noted, photos in this lens were taken by me, June Nash

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Have you eaten granola before? Do you eat it as a breakfast cereal, or sprinkle it on ice cream for dessert? Do you have other ways of serving it?

Also, if you try my recipe, I would love to hear how you liked it.

Do you like granola?

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      I used to make my own granola. Still make my own yogurt. What happened with the granola. Don't know. But you've inspired me. Back to the granola factory for me. Thanks!

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      InfoCoop 4 years ago

      Looks wonderful!

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      @karen-stephens: Chia seeds are not only healthy, but they improve the quality of the granola. They make the granola softer, still maintaining the crunch. I agree, if you haven't tried it, then get on it!

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      Yumm.. chia seeds and wheat germ.. If you have not tried, get on it!

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks!

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      @Glenda Motsavage: You should try it. It is easy to mix up. I can get the whole thing done in less than 30 minutes. A good large mixing bowl and two large cookie sheets is what I use.

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Love granola, but have never made it at home. I agree with you that most prepackaged versions are too sweet. Thanks for sharing!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Looks tasty! Haven't made granola in years - but I might now... thanks!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've made homemade granola for years, and it's far superior in both taste and nutrition to what you can buy commercially. Your recipe sounds terrific and you've done a great job with this lens!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I am a natural snacker. I could snack all day rather than eat the full deal meals that we have been trained to accept as a natural pattern of eating. I love granola as a snack for when I am out of the house or traveling. It's a different taste with each bite which makes it oh so yummy.

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      Always great to come across a new recipe for granola. Thanks!

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Love Granola!

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      I thought January was National Soup Month...:) I like granola better then soups anyway... thanks for the great lens

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      @Toy-Tester: Yes, National Soup Month, Diet Month, Egg Month, to name a few. It is crazy how many things are celebrated in January! I guess we have to do something to help us pass time when it is too cold to play outside. :)

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      @petelovestoread: I like the Knudsen brand. I will give their granola a try. If they meet my requirements, then I will have a back up for when I'm not able to make my usual recipe. Thanks for the input!

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      petelovestoread 4 years ago

      This looks great. I love the morning blend by Knudsen Farms.

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      I normally serve my granola for breakfast, in a bowl with milk. Pouring it into a clear glass with yogurt makes a great looking parfait that everyone loves.