Christmas Granola

This recipe, passed down from my mother-in-law, is both healthy and tasty! I called it “Christmas Granola” because I make it for Christmas gifts (neighbors, teachers, services), but it’s a good granola to eat all year round.  I just add cranberries or red berries for a festive flair!

Note: I do not add nuts because too many people are allergic. Instead, I use little extra “wet” ingredients to make it nice and chunky (not too dry). I found all ingredients in my big grocery store–a couple were in the “organic” aisle.


6 cups oats (old-fashioned, not quick oats!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup wheat germ (buy "toasted")
1/2 cup flaked coconut (buy a bag of "flake unsweetened")
1/3 cup flaxseed meal (whole ground) or sesame seeds
1 cup pecan pieces or almonds (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
Dried chopped fruit--cranberry, apricot, etc. (Try "berries & cherries" Mariani brand)


Use a big roasting pan–or two 8 x 10 pans (or 9 x 10)

Spread the oats in pan and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Mix up dry ingredients in one bowl (excluding fruit) and wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then mix together, and put in pan.

Bake 20 minutes at 325 degrees. (After 10 minutes, stir.)

Remove from oven, drop in fruit, and stir very, very lightly.

Let sit, cool until very cold, take spatula, and chunk up a bit.

Store in fridge.

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about 8 cups

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Catherine Boeckmann

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Absolutely delicious!

Absolutely delicious!