There’s nothing like home made granola made with exactly what you want.  Every time I make granola, it’s a little different depending on my mood.  But with oats as the base and maple syrup as the glue, it never goes wrong.


  • 3 cups whole oats
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ


  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup peanut bits
  • 3/4 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup datesRed heart…plus some more sprinkled on for good luck


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Splashes of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • palmful cinnamon…plus a lot sprinkled on just before baking


Mix dry, mix wet, and then combine them all .


Bake at ~300 degrees for 45 minutes.


Toss.  Continue baking and checking until crunch chewy goodness results.


If you don’t like dates, any other dried fruit works just as well.  This was the first time I used dates and they caramelized around the crunchies.  Granola bliss.


What’s a must have in your granola?


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