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Homemade Granola is the Best! Nystrom's Recipe

This is for Jefferson, who somewhere a while back asked for my granola recipe, after I mentioned that I make it at home. This comes from this book, The Source: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger which has become one of my favorite health / recipe books. Lots of great ideas & recipes in that book.

Granola is super easy to make, delicious, and very good for you.

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup wheat germ (Substitute flax (I do) if you have problems with wheat)
1/4 cup brown rice syrup (I use less so it isn't so sweet)
1 TBS Maple Syrup (I use more, to compensate for the lack of brown rice syrup)
1/4 tsp cinnamon (I use more - to taste)
1/2 TBS Canola oil

I also add 1/2 cup of cashews, because I'm a big fan of the cashew. The amounts are just for reference as it seems like a pretty hard recipe to screw up, lol. The granola always comes out tasting great (unless you burn it). Once I even forgot the cinnamon, but it was still pretty good. I get the nuts at Trader Joe's, which is a great, economical place to get a variety of nuts.

Preheat the oven to 350, cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil, mix all the ingredients together, then spread it out on the cookie sheet and bake it for 10 minutes. After it cools, break it up into chunks (it will be like a giant pan cookie coming out of the oven) and store it in an airtight container.

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I love to eat it on top of plain Greek-style yogurt with berries on top (fresh berries when they're in season, otherwise frozen are great). Around my house, this delicious treat is known simply as, "The yogurt thing." The beauty is that you can eat it for breakfast, or desert!

If you make this recipe, let me know how you like it, and / or if you have any variations on it.

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No Canola Please

Great recipe but please replace the canola (gmo and rapeseed no less) oil with olive or peanut oil. Thanks for the recipe though. I only use canola as bugspray on my orchard and corn. I am even careful with it then! DOH, I wrote this before reading the comments below and came back and added the Doh and beyond. SEE WHAT I MEAN?


Canola Oil???? its worse than motor Oil

Seriously..... Canola was Genetically engineered from Rapeseed plant.

The molecular weight of oils in canola is very high, causing it to accumulate to fat cells. There just a number of reasons to avoid Canola oil. Rapeseed was used as industrial lubricant for years.

Avoid Canola please.


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Damn...Sounds Good!

Sounds like a project for tomorrow.

Appreciate the recipe, thanks.

Alternative to yogurt

pass a frozen banana through a champion juicer and you get soft serve banana ice creme, which would go great with your granola (nice recipe) and you can add carob or chocolate chips, or raisens, topped with a almond stuffed prune ;))

I'm going to give that a try

See any reason I can't use coconut oil rather than canola?

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That's what Jefferson did

And it worked out well for him. I didn't know then what I know now about Canola. I don't use it anymore. I use grapeseed oil, but Coconut should work too. Actually, I don't even know if you need the oil.

I was using olive oil for a while until someone told me I was heating it too hot, thus making it rancid. That shouldn't be a problem with coconut or grape seed though.

Some like Red Hot Granola.

Some like Red Hot Granola. Add 1 Tablespoon each of Cinnamon and Ginger. Sea salt and pepper to taste. The kids used to eat it.

Eat with cream and a teaspoon of raw cocoa powder. Kids never got cream. I didn't know how good it was just how good it tasted.

I use half and half honey & maple syrup.

At least a quarter cup of coconut oil. I need more saturated fat calories and less starch calories.

No two batches are ever the same. Crushed buckwheat groats add a satisfying crunch.

He went to the cupboard and the cupboard was bare. No oatmeal. Hmm. Maybe it time to try a grain free version.

Thanks for the clue Michael. I was looking for something to add to my menu. Or back to my menu.

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Just made some tonight and had it for dinner. It was excellent!
(I couldn't wait until morning....8) I sent you some pics Michael.

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That is awesome

I got the pics. Wonderful. I was going to give you an updated recipe, as I've adapted it over the many iterations.

Good to see you used coconut oil. After learning about Canola, I don't use it anymore. I use grapeseed oil, but coconut should be good. I also don't use the brown rice sugar, either. Instead, I just use more maple syrup - probably 1/4 cup total. Honey, like you used, is good too.

Pretty hard to go wrong with it, once you start out with the basics. Incredible how easy it is to make, isn't it?

Thanks J.

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I made a fairly small batch. I bought a pretty hefty supply of ingredients to experiment with though.

Used honey from our beehive mixed with another local honey and maple syrup. I didn't even let it cool off completely before I started scarfing on it. Then various members of the family dug in as well. It's about half gone already. Oh well..

I used a little more oats than the recipe called for as it seemed pretty dense with nuts. It was very good! Feel free to post pics if you like.

Thanks again.


this sounds like something I could use. You know what I discovered eat a prune and almond together it tastes great. It gets mixed up as I chew it. lol

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Yes, I've been enjoying pitted prunes and nuts, also.

It's simple and wonderful treat!

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eat your heart out....Here comes "Nystrom's Own" Hearty Granola!!

That's funny..I didn't know if you'd spotted that comment. I will try to make some this week. It looks tasty. Thank you!!

I wonder if you could substitute Canola with coconut oil. I have heard mixed reviews about Canola. Anything made from something called a "rapeseed" needs a 2nd look.....8)

I've told you before, that it is a shame we are so far away from each other geographically. I would hook you up with some authentic Greek yogurt as my grandparents were immigrants from Greece, and all the recipes were handed down in our family cookbook. I'll send you a copy if you're interested.

BTW-Spent this weekend travelling and meeting w/ different DP members. It was a nice time, and always fascinating conversation.

I'll shoot you an email soon.

Take care.

must admit

Must admit I am in love with Greek feta cheese.
Even when I lived in Italy and Switzerland I preferred to eat feta over local cheeses.
I can eat a pound of feta with olives for lunch just like that.

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I don't know if you like or have ever tried

A cracker called "Chicken in a Biscuit" but once you try one topped with a slice of feta you will be Soooo hooked . The flavor combo is unbelievable !


bump for healthy eating

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walked 3 miles in 24 F temperatures in my beloved jean shorts.

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Thanks Michael!

I would like to put out here that, for those who are not into baking, there is a fantastic granola company called Muschies Baked Goods in Rochester, MI. They offer 6 flavors, including 2 with goji berries and a vegan bar. All organic, all local ingredients, except goji berries, which come from the Himalaya's, and all vacuum sealed for well over a year shelf life. This is a small business, such that when you call, you will reach the owner/operator, Monica, directly and she will take your order and ship it to you UPS. Delicious and healthy.
I am not trying to steal any thunder, Michael, just wanted to put another option out there and help support local, quality companies.
Check out for more info.

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Sounds Delicious and Nutritious

I'm heading to the grocery store right now.

Thanks Michael

That's a great recipe. Have

That's a great recipe. Have made granola in the past. I always added some dried fruit. I liked raisins, apricots and/or dates.