Can you say food tastes like comfort? This easy homemade granola recipe tastes like flavorful, cinnamon comfort. The oats are baked crunchy, yet the sweetened toasted coconut has a chewy texture. The coconut, honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon blend gives me the childhood flashback that I am spread out lying on the living room floor, cozy in my jammies watching Saturday morning cartoons eating homemade granola cereal. See? Comfort.
I just had to share this granola recipe with you because it has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. I have even given this granola to family members for Christmas and birthdays, it’s that good!
This granola recipe is delicious and super simple to make! If you have kids, this is a great recipe to involve them because they can measure it out, sneak coconut, mix it together, sneak some more coconut and help spread it on the pans.
Alright, you ready to get started?! Let’s get baking!
How to make homemade granola
The first thing you will be doing is measuring all of the ingredients and tossing them into a large bowl.
Then, combine the ingredients, but be sure not to over mix. You want to make sure to break up the big chunks of honey and coconut mixture, but make sure that there are nice sized clusters because that is the best part of granola!
Then, spread the homemade granola mixture onto two baking pans, and pop it into a 300 degree preheated oven. You will want to pull the pans out to stir two to three times to prevent the granola from burning or sticking to the pan. I took it out after six minutes, stirred, and then rotated the position of the pans. Repeated after another six minutes and pulled them both out after the full fifteen minutes.
Gah! Doesn’t this look tasty?!
I used a silicone baking mat on one of the pans to see how it impacted the bake. You will want to add additional time if you use a silicone mat. In the image below, the silicone mat was used with the granola on the left side of the bowl, and the granola on the right side of the bowl was placed directly on the pan.
Can you see how the left side is pale in color and the right side has rich toasted colors? The granola baked on the pan was crunchier and toastier. I assume that the granola on the silicone mat just needed more time. However, since I am impatient, I just mixed the granola from both of the pans together. Also, just to mention, the granola doesn’t really stick much to the pan so the silicone baking mat was pretty much pointless anyway!
I love to eat granola fresh from the oven, and slightly warm – but that may be because I am impatient! I prefer to eat it as cereal with milk, but there are many ways you can choose to eat it. Making parfaits with yogurt, fresh berries and topping it off with granola would be very delicious!
You can prepare it as a snack by adding nuts, dried fruit, M&M’s or chocolate chips. You could also slice up bananas, roll them in the granola and freeze them. If you are craving a dessert you could top off ice cream with granola, or add it to a baked apple with cinnamon.
This easy homemade granola cereal recipe has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. This healthy granola recipe is sweetened with coconut, honey, brown sugar and cinnamon. You can also pack this up for a snack to enjoy at school as this is also a nut free granola recipe.
- 4 Cup Regualar rolled oats
- 1–1/2 Cup Wheat germ
- 1 Cup Coconut (sweetened)
- 1/4 Cup Nonfat dry milk
- 2 Tablespoon Ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Brown sugar
- 1/3 Cup Vegetable oil
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla or almond extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.
- Stir well. Make sure not to overmix to maintain granola clusters.
- Spread mixture onto two baking sheets.
- Bake for 15 minutes, stirring 2-3 times and rotating shelves each time. Cook thoroughly. Granola mixture will have a golden color.
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
I love to modify recipes and make them my own, but this one is dear to my heart. In the future, I may choose to add a twist on the recipe, but for now, I am going to enjoy its simplicity and gobble it up!
Thanks for letting me share my family’s granola recipe with you. It truly makes me sentimental and miss my childhood moments. Do you have any recipes that make you think of your childhood or family? I would love to hear about those recipes!
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