Whenever I see granola at the supermarket, I think about mixing up the flavors to make the ultimate combination. Maybe I want cranberries and not raisins, or coconut and almond. Well, by making my own granola I can make my own flavors, and I can save money, too. Make two trays worth of granola and freeze half of it.

Here’s a basic recipe to follow, but obviously you can add and subtract just about anything you want:


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (shelled, obviously)
  • 1/2 shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I used light)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and sugar together and set aside.
  2. Combine the syrup, oil, honey, vanilla and salt.
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ones, combining thoroughly.
  4. Spread evenly onto two baking pans and bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, mixing every 10 to 15 minutes to make sure it cooks evenly.
  5. Let cool and pour into a bowl.
  6. If there was dry fruit in this recipe, I would mix it in now.

Snack on plain granola, eat it with yogurt, as an ice cream topping, or with milk just like cereal.