Breakfast Holidays Recipes

Mom’s Snacking Granola

homemade granola recipe

Need some last minute Christmas gifts?  Make this enormous batch of my mom’s granola (fair warning: it’s addictive and hard to keep from snacking as you’re baking!) and package it up in bags or mason jars to give to the food-lovers in your life.  No real cooking or baking skills required — anyone can make this.  It’s also a great favor for your holiday party guests — just put it in little bags with a ribbon and store in a basket by the door for people to grab on their way out.  Just make sure to keep a few handfuls for yourself!
homemade granola recipe

Mom’s Snacking Granola
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  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cup Walnuts, rough chopped
  • 1 cup Toasted Slivered Almonds
  • 7 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups Flaked coconut
  • 2 cups Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 1 ½ cups Canola Oil
  • 1 ½ cups Honey
  • 1 cup Corn Syrup (light)
  • 2 cups Golden Raisins
  • 1 ½ cups Dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, puffed rice (can use Puffed millet or Rice Krispies), and nuts.
  2. Pour oil, honey, and corn syrup into a microwave-safe bowl or large Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave until warm enough to pour (20-30 seconds) then pour over dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  3. Bake granola in a large roasting pan at 325 for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Granola is done when it's golden brown.
  4. Remove granola from oven and spread out on 2 large cookie sheets. Stir in cranberries and golden raisins and allow to cool to room temperature.
Pack into little bags or mason jars to give as gifts, or store in airtight containers until ready to eat. This recipe makes A LOT of granola!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 35

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  • Tai
    August 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    This looks good. I keep hearing that canola oil is bad and corn syrup too? Let me know. Thanks

  • Shannon
    February 10, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Corn syrup and canola oil?? Ouch Mom!, don’t kill me!! Corn and canola (along with soy too) are mainly all GMO products unless they say organic. You could use maple syrup instead of corn syrup and coconut oil instead of canola oil. Much better options.

  • Amelia Winslow
    February 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I understand your concern with these two products. I always use organic canola oil, and agree there are healthier ingredients than corn syrup (like brown rice syrup). However, this post and recipe is intended to pay homage to my mom and a recipe I love and cherish. I’d hope that in future comments, you phrase your advice less harshly so as not to insult peoples’ family members, recipes and traditions. The best way to get people to listen to your opinions on food is to be positive, supportive and kind.

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