Recipe: Homemade Granola with Almonds & Raisins

Looking for a yummy Low-fat Homemade Granola Recipe?   A couple weeks ago I went to Costco and picked up the Quaker granola – not much to it.  My kids ate through both bags in no time.

I said to myself, I got this – I’m going to make my own.  After all, I subscribe to Cook’s Illustrated Magazine dangit!


Granola is a wonderful thing.  When you get the basics down, it can be done in so many ways, just like an ice cream sundae.  If you don’t like Almonds or Rasins, add some white chocolate chips and cranberries instead.  Or maybe some dried banana chips, mini chocolate morsels, or some other wonderful tidbit.  You can do anything, really!  It also makes a great balanced breakfast.  You can even sprinkle it over yogurt or eat it by itself as a snack.

And then there is the ultimate question.  Will my kids eat this homemade stuff over the Costco brand?

And this recipe – It’s a winner!  My kids were really excited when they got home and found out that they could have a bowl of cereal as an after-school snack!



1/3 cup Blue Agave (or pure maple syrup)
1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar
4 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Salt
1/4 cup Olive Oil (or Vegetable Oil or Coconut Oil)
5 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

Optional Additions: 
2 cups Raw Almonds – I used the sliced almonds from Trader Joes
2 cups Raisins

*You can really add anything you like to the mix!  My kids don’t like almonds by themselves, but they will eat them in the granola 🙂 Get creative

The Method:

Preheat oven to 325

Line Jelly Pan with Parchment Paper.  In a small bowl whisk Sugar, Syrup, Vanilla, and Salt.  Then add the oil.  Fold in dry ingredients until coated (excluding raisins or dried fruit) until well coated.  Spread mixture into pan and compress until compact.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, and cool for 1 hour.  Once cooled add dried fruit.

You can store in air tight container for freshness.

I wouldn’t be the cook I am today with out the help of  Cook’s Illustrated – It’s my #1 Favorite Cooking Magazine!


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