Bill’s Favorite Granola

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Granola with jar and scoop

My husband Bill loves cereal, and I love making this one with all his favorite ingredients.  This granola has been his favorite for years.  I like stirring it into Greek yogurt with some fresh fruit.   Bill will eat it plain or with milk.

Granola in bowl with milk

Gather all the ingredients together before beginning and it will go together quickly.  When cooled, store it in an airtight container at room temperature.

Bill’s Favorite Granola

2-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk solids
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark raisins
1 cup dried banana chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl combine oats through cinnamon and toss to combine.  In another medium bowl whisk together oil, honey, and salt.  Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to combine, coating all ingredients.  Spread the mixture in a small roasting pan or 9-by-13-inch pan.

Bake for 10 minutes; remove pan from oven and stir well.  Return pan to oven and bake another 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir in raisins and banana chips, mixing well.  Return to oven for another 8-10 minutes, checking after 5 minutes and stirring briefly again and continue baking a few more minutes until granola is fragrant and rich in color.  Remove from oven and cool pan on wire rack, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  When cooled, store in airtight containers.  Makes about 6 cups.

Granola in jar no label

Granola with label 2

The granola can be placed in jars or other containers and given as a hostess or Christmas gift.  College students love to get it in packages, too!

6 Responses to Bill’s Favorite Granola

  1. March 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Another wonderful recipe — I definitely have to try this!! I love the combination of seeds, dried fruit, and nuts!

    • March 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks, Brett! Hope you like it!

  2. March 10, 2014 at 6:04 am #


    Several friends were talking about – uh- complaining about some purchased granola NOT being healthy or tasty and your delicious recipe pops up on your blog! Yippee – can’t wait to share it as well as make it.

    Attention 0% fat FAGE yogurt (my favorite) — meet your new partner — Debbie’s Awesome Granola! Bon Appetit, Y’all 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • March 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      I hope your friends like the granola. I almost have to hide it from Bill so he won’t eat it so fast. Fage 0% my favorite, too. (of course it is because we are kindred spirits!) 😉

  3. March 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Couldn’t wait to read your blog when I saw that it was about Bill’s favorite granola! Who doesn’t love a sprinkle of yummy granola on their yogurt or on their hot oatmeal. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It is sure to be good since it has been taste-tested (numerous times!) and highly approved by Bill!

    • March 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

      Kim, Bill has loved this granola for at least twenty years. He even knows when I’m making it by the aroma, before he even sees what’s in the oven!

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