Grandpa's Homemade Granola


Once you make this super-nutty, not-too-sweet granola, courtesy of Chris Johnson, father of EatingWell's social media editor Sophie Johnson, you'll never go back to store-bought. Nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruit, Rice Krispies--this easy granola recipe has it all. Feel free to mix and match your favorite add-ins based on what's in your kitchen.

Grandpa's Homemade Granola
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
10 cups


  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal

  • cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • cup slivered almonds

  • cup unsalted sunflower seeds

  • cup unsalted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)

  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar

  • cup honey or pure maple syrup

  • cup canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup dried fruit, such as cranberries, apples, raisins, apricots and/or mangoes, chopped if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

  2. Stir oats, cereal, pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and coconut together in a large bowl.

  3. Combine brown sugar, honey (or maple syrup), oil, cinnamon, ginger, salt and vanilla in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  4. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Transfer to a large roasting pan. Bake, stirring once or twice, until golden brown, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool completely before stirring in dried fruit. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.


To make ahead: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
10g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 7g 14%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 61IU 1%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 32mcg 8%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 36mg 9%
Potassium 148mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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