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making granola

I've told the story before about my friend Katie and the brunch she threw one Saturday morning at her house in Brooklyn. Everyone had brought their favorite breakfast foods, and the table was filled with streudels and donuts and all kinds of deliciousness. But I kept going back for the granola! Katie shared her recipe with me and I've been making it ever since. It makes a perfect breakfast with a scoop of greek yogurt, some milk, and whatever fruit or berries you have on hand. 

Katie's Amazing Granola

This granola makes a TON, two full sheet pans to be exact. I don't have a bowl big enough to fit everything at once, so I make mine in two big bowls and divide all the ingredients in half.

In a large bowl (or two!) mix the following ingredients:

 10 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (buy from the bin at your local health food store..)
2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 cups of wheat germ (store in your fridge between batches)
2 cups of shredded coconut
2 cups chopped pecans and/or almonds
1 tablespoon salt

In a separate bowl, mix the following: 

4 tablespoons vanilla
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup of oil (I use Canola)
2 cups honey (if you use the same cup you used for the oil, the honey should slide right out)

Divide the wet mixture between your two bowls of granola and mix well.


Spread your granola in two large, shallow pans. Bake at 250 until deep golden and almost dry, about 2 hours. Every 30 minutes rotate your pans and stir and crumble the granola with a big wooden spoon (the outside edges will brown first, so you want to mix everything around so it all cooks evenly). 

When it's all nice and golden and you've broken up most of your big chunks, remove from the oven and let cool (I leave mine on the counter overnight). Store tightly covered or in the refrigerator if you have room.

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up and I guest posted over at Skip to My Lou about giving granola as a gift. I like to fill old mason jars with granola and tie a ribbon around the lid. Use this printable PDF to make a label you can personalize with your teacher’s name (it also includes some of the ingredients in case there are any allergies).  I print mine on full page Avery shipping labels, cutting around each circle with scissors. A thoughtful way to let your teachers know you appreciate all they do. I've been known to give jars of this away to friends on their birthdays as well.

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Reader Comments (21)

I am definitely going to be making this! Sounds so good and I ran out of granola this morning. Thanks for sharing. :)

04.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

I LOVE your recipe and cute packaging idea. I've used your recipe for 2 years now for teachers and I get the nicest thank you notes for giving some original and homemade. I also make it for our family with a merger of the granola recipe from the Sunset Mag cookbook. Thanks again!

04.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

i love this granola and have been making this for a while too, thanks to katie's website. hope to make another batch this weekend!

on a side note, i hope that katie and her family are well. i miss her inspirational posts!

04.18.2012 | Unregistered Commentermamacharm

This sounds great. Thank you for sharing!

04.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

I. LOVE. GRANOLA! One of my happy memories as a kid is my mom making this once.

04.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori Anderson

Here in 3rd grade, I've been the recipient of piles of teacher gifts over the years and I would love to get a beautiful jar of your granola! Love your fresh, bright style. Been reading your blog for a long time now. So thank you for all those really brilliant posts.

04.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

If you hate coconut, can you just increase the oats by the same amount or should you decrease the liquid ingredients by some (if so, what) amount?


04.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

This granola has become a stpale at our house! I love it- it is especially yummy on some vanilla yogert, my kids will eat it plain for a snack and ask for it all the time! it's a snack I don't feel guilty serving.

04.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatieJ

Oh, wow, I just made granola this morning. Never thought about blogging about it.... Your method has a couple of different tweaks... shall incorporate next time. Thank you for posting.

i remember that brunch! we had already moved out of brooklyn but we were visiting that week. i love this granola and make it often! i am all out and planned on making some this week & now I know what to do for teacher appreciation gifts! thanks Brooke!

p.s.- i love the labels you made but I add almonds to my granola. would you be willing to email me the an editable file?

04.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

This looks great! I feel like I collect granola recipes these days, even though I have a great one already I always want to try a new one when I see a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Amy Xxx

04.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Looks. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

05.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

This granola recipe isn't as long as the one we were given by a family member. I like recipes with not too many ingredients or steps. Thanks for sharing this.

05.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuna

I love trying new granola...this is next on my list. Thanks for the recipe!

06.5.2012 | Unregistered Commentermeg

This looks amazing, I love your use of wheat germ and honey not corn syrup. I enjoy making granola and will be sure to add this variety to my list.


09.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I've had this pinned for quite some time as well as the ingredients but today was the perfect day as it snowed for the first time. Heating up the house and the aroma of honey and almonds is amazing. It's in the oven and smells delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I love that it makes so much. Breakfast for may family and enough to share. Packing up a bag of it for the kids teachers too.

10.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Tonight is the second time I have made this granola- each time I add a few different ingredients. It is delicious and is a family favorite. Thank you!

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