Mama Loves: Granola

My friend Julia does a great series on things she has found helpful in her mothering journey.  I’m joining up today with a quick post on my new favorite breakfast (the girls like it too)!

All winter long we alternate breakfast between oatmeal and eggs.

I’m still on an egg-free diet and, while I have found a million ways to vary up the oatmeal, it’s summer now: not every morning is suitable for hot oatmeal.

Enter granola.  It still uses all the basic materials (that I buy in bulk or make at home): oats, honey, and yogurt (a girl has to have some protein to chase twins all day!).  But I can serve it cool… and even snack on it mid-day.

I’ve tried a lot of granola recipes, but I’m finding that granola is one of those things where it’s okay to exercise my creative genes.  I just sort of go with it.  🙂

Here’s my loose recipe, a couple variations, and a few granola making tips.


  • about 4 cups oats (the toddlers measure… it’s never exact!)
  • about 1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or not)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or wheat germ
  • 1/2 stick butter (I’m sure coconut oil would be amazing too!)
  • 1/2-1 cup honey (enough to make it pretty moist)
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. Thoroughly mix oats, coconut, and wheat flour/germ.
  3. Dump in butter and add enough honey to make it pretty moist but not super sticky
  4. Toss in an oiled glass or ceramic baking dish.  I use a 9×13 or two extra large loaf pans.  Do not use a metal dish: you will burn it!
  5. Put into oven and stir outsides/bottom toward the top/middle of your dish about every 30 minutes.  
  6. When it turns a tad golden brown, it’s done!
  • If you like nuts in your granola, add them in slices or bits before baking.
  • If you like dried fruit in your granola (or chocolate chips), add after baking.
  • Feel free to add in some spices of your choice: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamon would all be good.
  • Feel free to use some extracts.  I’ve used vanilla and almond before.  Both were pretty yummy 🙂
  • Chocolate granola: Add enough cocoa powder (the darker the better!) to turn the oat mixture a chocolate color before baking.
  • Banana granola: Mash a banana and add with the honey. 
I think I’m going to try pumpkin next… wish me luck!