I have been wanting to make some homemade granola for a few days now. I love to eat it on my yogurt for breakfast! I had made Foster’s Homemade Granola before and while it was good, I wanted to find a different recipe this time.

I happened to come across the blog My Adventures in Food (blog no longer exists) on Sunday afternoon and while browsing through her posts I came across a granola recipe. I didn’t have coconut, but figured I would just have to make the recipe without it this time as I was not going to the store 13 miles away just for one ingredient. I did some improvising and what I did is below. 


3 cups whole oats
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. brown sugar (I only had dark brown)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (I use light amber)
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 cup whole sea salted cashews
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup kettle roasted peanuts
1-1/2 cups raisins (I used dried assorted fruit – strawberries, cranberries, prunes, raisins, etc)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto a rimmed baking sheet. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins (in my case, the mixed dried fruit) and mix until evenly distributed.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Barbara Bakes February 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    The granola looks yummy and I’ll have to give the yogurt a try.

  2. Katie February 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I make granola once a week now because its all my husband wants to eat! Yours looks really good, you are so lucky to get all these contacts for giveaways!

  3. Maria February 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Great granola…and I haven’t tried this yogurt yet. I love my yogurt though! I try to eat one a day!! Thanks for the giveaway!
    I have a lot health tips because that is my job…I am a health educator…but I will keep this short:) Eat less and move more!! Exercise is so important! Find something you love and stick with it! Also eat healthy meals and snacks, but don’t go crazy…eat in moderation and still enjoy your favorite treats!! Focus on fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins…etc. Ok, I will stop now!! Thanks again!

  4. Passionate About Baking February 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I just made granola bars & I think I'm ready to try this now. How yummy!

  5. Ingrid February 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    What a cool giveaway……

    Best health tip I have (& for the most part live by) is to drink lots of water. I have found that when I drink plenty of water I'm less likely to snack & have headaches.

  6. Anne February 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Cool giveaway! My tips are to just keep moving! If you are at the computer, get up and walk around every 30 minutes or so. Instead of driving, try to walk or bike to places if they’re close enough. For food: plan ahead! Bring a lunch to work or school. Don’t get stuck starving at lunch time with no healthy options. And always read labels!

  7. Pam February 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I love granola – yours looks so tasty. I especially love the big cashews and coconut throughout.

  8. Patsyk February 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I love yogurt and granola! Yum!

    My health tip is pretty simple. Schedule time to get in some exercise each day. If you don’t schedule it, it’s way too easy to skip it.

  9. Robin Sue February 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I like making granola. It is a bummer that we have a nut allergy kid here so when I do make it he can’t ever have any-poor guy. But I can keep it all to myself that way!

  10. Sara February 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    This granola looks SO good! I love all the nuts in it. Can’t wait to try it.

  11. Ellie February 11, 2009 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I love the blog! My greatest health tip is to drink lots of water and enjoy fruits instead of processed sugar. I rid my house of all “easy” snacks so I have to put effort into making something to eat. Getting rid of premade snacks (i.e. chips, candy) has made such a difference and now my cupboard is packed with healthier choices.

  12. Cajun Chef Ryan February 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    We love both and here is my tip!

    Drink lots of water, just around 64 ounces or 8 cups a day will keep you hydrated and will also help remove impurities from your body. You will also feel fuller and will not be tempted to snack as often between meals.

    CCR =:~)

  13. Netts Nook February 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to try your granola. I have found that since I have not eaten out in over a month I can control my calorie intake and watch what I eat. Drink Drink Drink lot of water.

  14. Flourchild February 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I love homemade granola. I have a recipe for Pumpkin granola..it’s very good.

  15. Debbie February 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    The granola looks great! My tips for staying healthy is to do lots of walking this year and drink plenty of water throughout the day….

  16. pigpigscorner February 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I love granola and yougurt! And I like adding yougurt to oatmeal…delicious!

  17. Di February 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I really want to try my hand at granola one of these days. Not because we eat a lot of it by itself, but because I want also want to try homemade granola bars.

  18. Stephanie Schiltz February 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I, too, love granola and yogurt. Thanks for the opportunity to be in the drawing. The only tip I have is to choose an exercise routine that you can live with and everything in moderation. I walk with my husband daily and try to help and encourage each other to stay healthy. It makes all the difference knowing that you have someone that will encourage you. Steph

  19. noble pig February 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Oh yummy granola! Love it.

    To stay healthy…NO MORE FAST FOOD!

  20. Anonymous February 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to try the granola.
    And Blueberry yogurt will go great with it!
    Pam S.

  21. Laura February 11, 2009 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    You and I have been pretty in tune this winter! There is granola in my oven right now….

  22. Tangled Noodle February 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Yogurt and granola every morning keep this Noodle going!

  23. Val February 11, 2009 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I'm TRYING to get healthy after years of super-sizing, snacking & no exercise. (You can imagine the results.)

    For starters I'm trying to eat healthier, smaller meals with healthy snacks between. Also make daily trips up & down the 5 flights of stairs in my building, (at least once a day).

    It's slow going with more than a few back-slides along the way. While there isn't much difference on the scales, I can tell the clothes are fitting better & down right loose in some spots.

    Sure would like to win some coupons & a new water bottle. ;o}

  24. cakewardrobe February 11, 2009 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous mix of healthiness! I want to win! 🙂 I drink (and LOVE) Acai often! It’s too expensive for every day purchases though!

  25. Meg February 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I have been wanting to make my own granola! This looks awesome!

    What a great giveaway!

  26. Emily February 11, 2009 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    o0oo!I lovve granola! I’ve never tried making it though! And I’ll think I’ll start with your recipe!

    My health tip would be to 1)drink lots of water – make sure you’re hyrdrated! 2) if you have pets instead of them letting play in the yard, take them for walks!

  27. Elle February 11, 2009 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    What? You won’t drive 13 miles for coconut? 😉
    ps-left you an award on my blog

  28. veggie belly February 11, 2009 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    thanks for a great giveaway! I twittered 🙂 I’m no health expert but my tip would be to exercise and be positive 🙂

  29. Priscilla February 11, 2009 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    your granola looks yummy. i like staying fit by drinking water, exercising, and eating in moderation.

  30. Reeni♥ February 12, 2009 at 12:02 am - Reply

    The granola looks delicious!! Lots of goodies in every bite. What a great giveaway. My tips are to add fresh fruit and veggies whenever possible. Avoid white ‘things’ like flour, sugar, rice. Try to limit your processed food intake. Watch your portion sizes, take your time eating, sit at the table, put your fork down between bites. And don’t drink your calories in soda, juices, and starbucks!

  31. Amy S. February 12, 2009 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Wow, I’d like to try the new Yoplait. I’ve been working out in the morning, upping the fiber, lowering the fat (tough to cut out carbs, alas), and eating a LOT of dairy (cheese, yogurt, and tofu: yum!). I’ve also been cooking large batches on the weekends and freezing them for the week when it’s crazy.

  32. kokomama February 12, 2009 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out! Your granola looks fantastic. As for staying healthy, we try to cook with lots of fresh ingredients, and not eat too much processed food.

  33. Susan February 12, 2009 at 2:09 am - Reply

    What a great giveaway!
    I have been trying to get into the swing since Jan. 1st…I think the most important thing is to get some type of exercise every day and to carefully monitor what you are eating. Grains, veggies ,fruits and lean meats are so important and I love the idea of yogurt everyday!

  34. Sharon February 12, 2009 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I try to eat breakfast so that I don’t get bitten by the hunger bug mid-morning and pig out.

  35. Christy February 12, 2009 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Mmmmm, your granola looks wonderful. I’ve had homemade granola on my list for some time and may just have to make this recipe! Thanks!

    Health tip-Water, water, water.

  36. Elyse February 12, 2009 at 4:14 am - Reply

    First of all, my goodness does that granola look good. I LOOOOOOVE granola!

    As for my healthy living tip: all things in moderation. It’s quite cliche, but it’s so true. I try to eat relatively healthy meals, but every now and then I let myself indulge. To boot, if I’m really craving sweets, I just take a bite and then give the rest away (although this one has been hard for me to master 🙂 ).

  37. Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Love granola and yogurt!
    My tip is to cut out all sugary drinks. I don’t drink soda at all any more. If I want something fizzy, I have a seltzer. Also, I have really cut back on my consumption of bottled juice. I try to eat fresh fruit instead. If I do drink fruit juice, I cut it in 1/2 or 1/3 with water.

  38. Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Never have made Granola but this is very tempting and looks GREAT! I also like to add yogurt to my diet because of the calcium it supplies me with. My health tip would be to stay busy and keep moving. Limit fats and sugar. Marlene

  39. Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    the granola looks great, and all your other posts are wonderful. As far as health tips i would suggest to keep moving and limit your intake of fast foods and all the other foods that we love. Keep the good pictures and recipes coming
    Sue B

  40. Margie February 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Your granola looks great. I have never tried to make my own.
    My favorite Health Tip is drink lots of water and walk for at least 30 minutes a day!

  41. Debbie February 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I thought I didn’t like yogurt for a long time…. but then I tried it. LOL
    of course I like it..it tastes good. I usally put grape nuts with mine, but now I’ll have to try granola. I’m walking…walking..walking lately. Silly me, I TOLD everyone I was going to do the Cancer-walk, and now I have to train for it, so I can really do it. I’ve actaully enjoyed it, I just wish it would warm up.

  42. Jerri - Simply Sweet Home February 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Great giveaway. I’ve been wanting to try this yogurt.

    My healthtip is to drink plenty of water, and get plenty of calcium and eat green leafy vegetables.

  43. Olga February 12, 2009 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Cashews are my favorite nuts! Whenever I visit my parents in Seattle, my mom buys a big container of mixed nuts from Costco and I tend to pick out all cashews 😉

  44. Katy February 13, 2009 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Your granola looks fab!

  45. Maya February 13, 2009 at 11:28 am - Reply

    I just made some chocolate granola yesterday. Your looks wonderful!

  46. Butterfly February 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I think the best nutritional tip is to write down everything you eat. If you bite it, write it. It helps you see where your diet is lacking in nutrients.

  47. Aggie February 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Granola and yogurt are my favorite snack! My best tip is to eat lots of fruit before lunch…you’ll be amazed at how good you feel!

  48. CookiePie February 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Your granola looks fabulous!!! Homemade is the best 🙂

  49. Anonymous February 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Love granola!!! Love your site!!! I hope I win!! rl-wilt@wiu.edu

  50. Kaitlin February 13, 2009 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I absolutely LOVE granola, and this looks perfectly yummy!

  51. WiseAcre February 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I listen to those centenarians who smoke, drink and avoid work.

    Don’t you dare put me in a drawing for yogurt. Knowing my luck I’d win.

    I replied to your question about Longbranch in my comments. Best to leave it there rather than dirty yours.

  52. J.Danger February 13, 2009 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I love yogurt and granola! Its one of my faves. No one ever thinks that this is a health tip, but it is- I SWEAR:


    No joke. No one sleeps enough anymore, and we constantly run around trying to do fifty three things at once, doing none of them well, and a the end of the day our bodies- and minds- are frazzled.



  53. n.o.e February 14, 2009 at 1:34 am - Reply

    I make my own granola too. Last week I tried Tyler Florence’s and it was really delicious. Yours looks good, and unusual with those cashews.

  54. Cakelaw February 14, 2009 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Yum! What a terrific brekky this would make.

  55. dishesdone February 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    The granola looks great! That was my breakfast every day in college, granola with yogurt!

  56. Kevin February 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Making your own granola is always fun. There are almost limitless combinations!

  57. Christie @ fig & cherry February 27, 2009 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Delicious! I’ve never tried making my own before – thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  58. Varsha Vipins April 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I made a similar Oats bar once ..looks yummy Honey B..:)
    N I would love to join the give away..Just twittered about it..:)

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