mame's granola.

granola has been a favorite of mine since i could say the word.  when i was in preschool, the class was asked to bring in a recipe that the teachers would compile as a gift to the parents.  a cookbook of us little ones' favorites.  i still remember my "recipe."  it was pineapple, yogurt, and granola.  went something like this: put your pineapple in a bowl.  put your yogurt on top.  put your granola on top.  gimme a break, i was like four!  but seriously... perhaps more than any singular meal in my entire life, that is the meal i've eaten so much of.  i don't know that i've gone more than a week without having it, barring, ya know, international travel or what not.  even the morning i gave birth to parker... pineapple, yogurt, and granola!  he pretty much came out demanding it.  

the granola has changed over the years.  i didn't always have my mom's on hand.  trader joe's granny smith was a good stand-in (but has way more added sugar--like most store-bought versions--than this version...which has none!).  the yogurt is always the same: whole milk plain yogurt by stonyfield.  the pineapple is best canned (say what?!).  only because it needs a good amount of pineapple juice to sweeten up the plain yogurt.  and fresh pineapple doesn't have the juice, ya know what i'm saying?  

it's delicious, any time of day really.  i'd best give you the recipe now, huh?  mame is my mom, by the way.  that's what her grandkids call her.  and what we refer to her granola as in this house when we're lucky enough to have a batch whipped up by her.  this time, i made it!

mame's granola
(i doubled this recipe and it made what you see in that jar)

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (we usually skip this part)
1/2 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsalted cashew pieces (i used walnuts cause i didn't have cashews!)
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup bran
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/8 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup oil (i used coconut oil and it's really good)
1/2 cup honey (i used maple syrup)
1 T vanilla

mix and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes on a sheet pan.
stir a bit when it comes out (unless you like it really clumpy).

a note from mame: 
recipe is terribly forgiving (you could probably tell?).
use what you have (add raisins if you like, or whatever else!).  
add flaxseed meal if you want!
do your thing, people!


  1. well your the last recipe i tried from you was a success. pinning this one for later! :)

  2. homemade granola is the BEST! i'll have to try this when i have the time.

  3. This looks fantastic! I love granola just as much!

  4. Sounds super healthy AND good. I wonder if Mike has half these ingredients.

    Probably not. I'll just sub raisins!

  5. YUM! I'm definitely making this pronto! I'm trying to cut out sugar from my diet... how important is the honey? Can I just toss in a little stevia instead or would you say that the honey is pretty crucial to the recipe? Thanks!

  6. Homemade granola is seriously the way to go. I think this will go on the list of things to make :)

  7. How did you know I have been craving some homemade granola? Oh yum this look good. It looks like the perfect snack for a rainy day or a picnic. All purpose food, I call it.

  8. I seriously pulled out the ingredients to make granola last night, but got nervous to go from scratch without a recipe! This is perfect timing. Thanks!

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  11. @vibrant grace, well the honey or syrup really makes it stick (and i like some chunks in my granola) but that's just personal preference... i imagine it'd be ok without it!

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  12. Granola has been on my list of things to learn to make from scratch. Thanks for providing what looks like a super yummy recipe. Already pinned it!

  13. i think homemade granola is the only way to go! i am always disappointed with store-bought granola. homemade is usually healthier and definitely cheaper! your version looks yummy!

  14. YUM
    making it this weekend
    thanks for the recipe!

  15. Granola is my FAVORITE! I make it in small batches or else I eat through the entire batch in one sitting. It's pathetic. Cannot wait to try this - as soon as I find a substitute for the milk powder that isn't soy.

  16. This recipe sounds delicious! I am definitely going to try this!

  17. This is in the oven now! I did make a few changes. Trying to stay away from dairy and gluten so I left out the dry milk, bran or wheat germ...used gluten free oats and added quinoa puffs and chia seeds. Can't wait to try it! Thanks, Bridget! xo

  18. P.S. For the person who wanted to lower the sugar content, she could decrease it by about a third by using organic brown rice syrup instead of honey. Just and idea?

  19. making this now, but without the dry milk powder. plus extra nuts and fruit. behr is going to have one delicious snack after lunch!

  20. Applesauce is a yummy healthy substitute for the oil!


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