I am a big fan of granola, and I prefer homemade–I think it tastes so much better! I’ve posted several recipes for granola bars, like Crunchy Honey Almond Granola Bars, Dark Chocolate Granola Bars, and chewier Granola Bars. I’ve also made an unsweetened Cranberry Raisin Nut Toasted Oat Cereal. So I thought it was about time I posted a granola cereal recipe that I like making. It’s sweetened with honey, shredded coconut, and a mix of dried berries. You can serve it with milk or Greek yogurt in the morning and it’s great as a snack, too! This recipe makes A LOT of granola, so you can halve it if you want to make a smaller batch.
BERRY WALNUT GRANOLA by NancyC
Makes 16-18 servings
- 6 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (or substitute pecans)
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes (shredded coconut)
- 1 1/2 cups raw sunflower kernels (or use roasted kernels but add them to the mixture after baking)
- 2/3 cup non-GMO canola oil or light olive oil
- 1 1/4 cups honey
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cups dried mixed berries (I used a mix of dried cranberries, cherries, and blueberries)
- parchment paper for lining pan
Adjust oven rack to middle of oven. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a 13 x 18″ rimmed baking pan with parchment paper; set aside (or use two rimmed 10 x 15″ cookie sheets).
In a very large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, wheat germ, coconut flakes, and sunflower kernels.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together the oil, honey, and cinnamon; heat in microwave for 30 to 40 seconds, then stir until well-blended.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture in large bowl, stirring to coat evenly. Spread mixture in an even layer on the lined 13 x 18″ pan.
Bake at 325˚F for 20 minutes; remove from oven, stir mixture (so it will bake evenly), then return to oven for another 20 minutes–for a total baking time of 40 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in the dried mixed berries. Let granola stand until cooled, then stir again to break any large clumps. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Are you a granola fan too and do you make homemade granola?