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23 May, 2014

Fruit and Nut Granola

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We like having granola for breakfast cereal, especially the kids. Big fans of the Cascadian Farm brand of granola. But once I realized that it is so ridiculously easy to make at home, I’ve started  making it often.


My proud moment came when my daughter decidedly pointed at the object pictured above and said “I want the one from the jar! (not from the box)”

I’m taking this simple snack for folks to munch while enjoying other food at our virtual party at The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday #17.  A big Thank you to co-hosts Selma, Jhuls and Alex! 🙂

fruit and nut granola

  • Servings: about 6
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Quick oats- 2 cup

applesauce (unsweetened)- 1/2 cup

maple syrup- 1/4 cup

sea salt- 1/4 tsp.

raisins- 1/2 cup

chopped dates- 1/2 cup

slivered almonds- 1/2 cup

pecans- 1/3 cup

vanilla extract- 2 tsp.


1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

2. Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir and transfer to an aluminum cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

3. Bake for 15 minutes, shake around the granola and bake for another 15 minutes. Keep a watch so as not to burn, these are the quick-cook variety of oats.

4. Cool and store in an airtight jar.

Here’s a peek into the oven, half-way while baking:



51 thoughts on : Fruit and Nut Granola

  • May 23, 2014 at 1:01 am

    What a wonderful snack idea for Fiesta Friday ….especially since it is an all night party this time! 🙂 so wonderful that your daughter prefers your homemade stuff …I’m sure that was an encouraging moment Apsara! Looks great!

    • May 23, 2014 at 9:23 am

      thanks, Lori. Yes, encouragement from family really keeps us going!

  • May 23, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Oh gosh I agree! I make homemade granola weekly and am super obsessed with it…. It honestly tastes so much fresher and flavorful than store bought anyways. Yours sound delicious….Love the pecans in yours..they are my favorite nut 🙂

    • May 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

      thank you Brandi! I will join you by fitting this in my weekly routine. 🙂

  • May 23, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Your fruit & nut granola looks just so appetizing! Another must make,..looks very yum yum yummm!

    • May 23, 2014 at 9:26 am

      thanks, Sophie! Yes, it is so easy too, I should have started making it earlier. xx

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    • May 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

      thank you! I looked through your blog and you have lovely food too!

  • May 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    This really looks and sounds delicious! Crispy, nutty, yummy!

    • May 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

      thanks, Sabine. Glad you like it.

  • May 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

    delicious snack idea for Fiesta Friday!

  • May 23, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I’m so glad you posted this today, I’ve been looking for a good granola recipe!

    • May 23, 2014 at 11:08 am

      thanks, Alex. I’m glad you like it!

  • May 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Looks good, Apsara. Been wanting to make granola for sometime now. Going to try this soon,

    • May 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Do let me know. 🙂

  • May 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Apsara, this looks so great and is so easy – the recipe I use has things like bran wheat and some other not run of the mill items so I tend not to make it very often. This though, I could make now! How lovely that your daughter prefers it. Thanks for sharing this with us – happy Fiesta Friday!

    • May 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      thanks, Selma. M daughter prefers it today, but who knows, kids’ taste changes. 🙂 I’m enjoying the FF. Have a great weekend!

  • May 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I love homemade granola! Your version sounds delicious:) I like the idea of adding apple sauce.

    • May 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      thanks, I’m glad you like it.

  • May 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I love crunchy snacks… and nutrient rich like this is perfect! Happy Fiesta Friday.

    • May 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      thank you! Happy Fiesta Friday to you too!

  • May 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I usually buy my granola but your homemade version sounds so easy, probably cheaper and you use the ingredients you want 🙂

    • May 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      True, it does make it a lot cheaper. Reduces packaging too. I wish I always had the energy to make everything at home 🙂

    • May 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

      you’re welcome. 🙂

  • May 24, 2014 at 3:00 am

    The granola looks great, Apsara 🙂 I also add ground flax seed to my granola recipe while cutting down on the dates and syrup to make it more diabetic-friendly.

    • May 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

      that’s a great idea, thanks for the tip, Ahila!

  • May 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

    It is always music to my ears when somebody ask me to serve something homemade for them. And I know what you feel about your daughter asking for homemade granola. I always get the ones from the box, but when I get my hands on all of the mentioned ingredients, I’d definitely make my own granola. 😉

    Thank you for sharing this and for taking this to FF. Have a wonderful weekend! <3

    • May 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

      thanks, Jhuls. You have a great weekend too! 🙂

  • May 24, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This looks awesome! I adore granola so much… 🙂 I am so happy to see you at Fiesta Friday! I have missed it the last few weeks do to our move out of state, but it is great to be back again!

    • May 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      nice to see you back at FF, Kloe! thank you, 🙂

  • May 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I’m excited to try your homemade granola recipe as snack options for myself when I’m on the run. It’s way healthier and I think it’s so cute your daughter likes yours over the box! 🙂 Question: how long will the granola last in an airtight jar? Thank you for a healthy & yummy recipe, Apsara! 🙂

    • May 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

      thanks, Violet. The granola is pretty dry and I store it even for 2 weeks. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

      • May 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

        It’s good to know it lasts for 2 weeks! I’m thinking for my upcoming trip In July to pack my own homemade snacks, instead of buying “healthy snacks” from boxes and packages. It’ll be quite an experiment and I’m glad to have your recipe on my list! 🙂

  • May 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    The granola looks wonderful Apsara and love all the things you have put into it 🙂

    • May 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

      thank you, Naina!

  • May 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I love granola, but have not tried making it yet. Yours looks really yummy with all of the ingredients you put in it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • May 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      you’re welcome, Shari. I’m glad you like it!

  • May 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I saw your post at the right time Apsara. I am out of all the snacks and just ughhhed by store bought ones. I might borrow you recipe and make it a savory and spicy version. Loved it.

    • May 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      thanks, Sonal. Look forward to the spicy version… 🙂

    • June 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Yes, that’s why it does not last very long! thanks D. xo

  • Latha
    October 26, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Never thought of homemade granola, what a good idea! I tweaked it a bit by adding various other fruits and nuts and it was yummy!! Instant hit with my kids too who usually don’t like the store bought granola!Awesome..

    • October 26, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Really delighted that your kids liked it. Somehow, my kids have got too used to seeing me ‘make’ things that they sometimes ask me only for store-bought goodies. 😉

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