Monday, March 25, 2013

Homemade Granola Courtesy "The Novice Christian"

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So, I got a phone call a few weeks ago telling me that my doctor wanted to see me after she got
my bloodwork back. Apparently, at 35 years old, I have high cholesterol. I decided then and there that I was going to start eating healthier, so I got online and did some research. I found a recipe for homemade granola that I wanted to try, so I went to my local grocery store and got the ingredients and loaded up on a bunch of produce as well. The next day, I made the granola and it was so good! So, I thought I would share the recipe with y’all. I actually found it on the internet and I can’t remember what website I got it from, but it is super easy and yummy!

Homemade Granola

4 cups old-fashioned oats (I use the quick oats, but you have to half the baking time.)
1 ½ cups sliced almonds
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups raisins or dried cranberries (I use a dried berry blend.)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. In a bowl, mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt & cinnamon. In a saucepan, warm the oil and
honey. Whisk in the vanilla.

3. Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finish mixing by
hand. Spread granola in a 15x10 baking pan.

4. Bake 40 minutes (or 20 minutes if you use quick oats), stirring carefully every 10 minutes.
Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in raisins or cranberries. Seal
granola in an air-tight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1
week or in the freezer for 3 months.

Bio: Melissa Clark is a Christian blogger, stepmom of 3, product/book reviewer and Co-Owner of Charisma Media who lives in Friendswood, Texas with her family. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, reading her Bible and going to church. Please show her some love on behalf of Pinterest Fanatic and give her a visit at The Novice Christian...


  1. This recipe looks yummy!! I always loved homemade granola growing up. Belinda, if you are reading this, I want you to know we miss you and hope you will be back soon!!

  2. Melissa, thanks so much for helping Belinda out in her time of need. Over and over again I am encouraged and amazed by outpourings of love in the blogging community. My cholesterol is ok, but my triglycerides are high.

    Belinda, following your blog now from Bloggy Moms. Please know that another internet friend is holding you up in good thoughts and prayers. *HUGS*

  3. Hi fellow Texan. Granola sounds good but I wonder if you could substitute pecans (allergic to almonds). Jody, The Medicare Mom

  4. This sounds good and I have everything needed so I am going to give it a try. Thanks!

  5. I love homemade granola! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I heard that Belinda, you are struggling some pain. I hope that you get well soon and I will keep you in my prayers. Stay strong!