Homemade granola is far superior to store bought. It tastes fresh, has a good crunch, and can be made with all your favorite ingredients. And when you have new favorite ingredients, it can be made with those, too! It’s good in the morning, to sprinkle on yogurt, or just to snack on. Packaged in a clear cellophane bag, it also makes a good gift.

There are endless versions, and recipes are easy to tweak. The one I go to most often is a variation on a recipe from Alton Brown.  I prefer the granola less sweet, so I reduce the amount of  maple syrup and brown sugar. I also increase the amount of almonds, and add walnuts, and sometimes pistachios. These changes, as well as some others, are reflected in the recipe below.


recipe adapted from Alton Brown


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 generous cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1 generous cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mixture of raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, dried cherries


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.


3. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto two sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.


4. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add dried fruit and mix until evenly distributed.


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