Author Notes: May 2017: I've lately been modifying this recipe to update and enhance the flavor (sorry mom!). I've replaced the sugar with honey, the sweetened coconut with unsweetened coconut chips, and added chia seeds and uncooked quinoa for extra crunch. And chopped Medjool dates add a new texture profile and unparallelled sweetness!
I've tried a couple of the granola recipes here, but my mother's is still my favorite. You can change it up by using your favorite nuts, seeds or fruit —riv
Makes: 4 or so cups
ounces Old fashioned oats
ounces slivered almonds
ounces wheat germ (optional)
ounces (sweetened shredded) coconut flakes
cup (dark brown sugar) honey
(honey to taste)
tablespoons sesame seeds
walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, or whatever you like
Chopped Medjool dates (best!) raisins, craisins, chopped apricots, dried cherries, etc.
cup Red (or white) quinoa, uncooked
tablespoons chia seeds
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Toss with honey and oil and spread on lined baking sheet. Bake at 325 F, tossing every 10 minutes to prevent burning, for 30 minutes, or until evenly browned.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool. Toss in dried fruit.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with a Smarty Pants Trick or Technique