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08 Jan, 2014

The easiest granola, ever

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

*Now with recipe costs! Scroll to the end of this post for the breakdown.

I was at the grocery store the other day and I tweeted about my all time favourite granola and received this response:

Tara kindly followed up her tweet with a recipe. (Thank you Tara!) Honestly, I didn’t really think making my own granola was going to be this easy. And delicious. I’m never going back to store-bought. What’s the point? Homemade granola is just so incredibly easy and cheap to make.

You will need:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I used pumpkin seeds, and I think I used closer to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Grab a large mixing bowl. LARGE. Combine the oats, pecans, coconut, seeds, maple syrup, oil, and salt. Divide evenly between two baking sheets. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes, stirring once. Let it cool, then add the dried fruit.

That’s it! You’ll wind up with the most beautiful granola you’ve ever seen:

Maple pecan cranberry granola recipe

Now that’s a great reason to get up in the mornings!

I made it the other night and it’s going to last for weeks. WEEKS! Yay me!

Edited to add: Someone asked me about the cost breakdown for this recipe. I finally have that info as per the recipe above:

Rolled oats, large flake: $1.39
Pecan pieces, medium: $5.36
Pumpkin seeds, unsalted, hulled: $1.36 (I used 1/2 cup)
Coconut, shredded, unsweetened: $0.66
Maple syrup: $2.50
Dried cranberries, $2.11
I’m not including the cost of the canola oil and salt.

Grand total=$13.38 for a 858g batch, which works out to $15.59/kilo.

The almond/maple/cranberry granola I used to buy costs $5.99 for a 300g bag, which works out to $19.97/kilo.

18 Responses to "The easiest granola, ever"

1 | Joy

January 8th, 2014 at 1:36 pm


How does the price compare – if you were to add up the cost of ingredients?

2 | Misty

January 8th, 2014 at 2:13 pm


hmm, wonder if this would be tasty using less maple syrup and a couple tbsps of orange juice instead! I’m going to try!

3 | Lynn

January 8th, 2014 at 2:18 pm


Heavens I miss nuts and seeds. My husband and I are counting the days until our allergic chlidren leave the house. Then: FESTIVAL OF PEANUT BUTTER. Will add this granola to the menu. Already salivating.

4 | andrea tomkins

January 8th, 2014 at 2:29 pm


Joy, I’m not sure, because I had some ingredients on hand already and don’t know how much I paid for them. BTW, the Siren Bakery stuff I mentioned is $5.99/300g bag.

I do know that the most expensive part of this recipe by far is the nuts. They were $38.25/kg at Bulk Barn.

Next time I make this I’ll pay closer attention to the price tag so I’ll be in a better position to compare costs.

5 | Melanie

January 8th, 2014 at 4:20 pm


This looks great and easy and I have everything on hand I’m pretty sure. Can’t wait to try it out!

6 | Sarah McCormack

January 11th, 2014 at 9:41 am


think I may actually try this out! thanx for sharing!

question- why Kosher salt? does that make a difference?

doing a $100/wk grocery challenge for Jan/Feb.. just for “fun” so trying to save on ingredients.

7 | Stefania

January 13th, 2014 at 7:50 pm


Thanks for sharing. The granola is in the oven.

8 | Allison

January 14th, 2014 at 8:53 pm


Totally trying this, sounds delicious!

9 | Sarah

January 15th, 2014 at 5:39 pm


Just made a batch and my boys are already snacking away. Have put off making homemade granola but the simplicity of this recipe (and having everything on hand already) was great. thanks!

10 | andrea tomkins

January 17th, 2014 at 11:11 am


Glad to hear! Three cheers for easy granola!

11 | Grrr Nola

January 17th, 2014 at 4:22 pm


I tried this but it was overcooked – dark brown and tasted burned. Re-did it and went with 250F for 45 minutes. Perfect.

I have since found a recipe with brown sugar instead of maple sugar. It also includes adding some water. I use just oatmeal (mostly big flake but 1/4 small flake) and unsweetened coconut. I use this mix as a base and add other stuff as per taste preference. Like more coconut, chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and overly dried raisins. That is my mix for perfect granola. Not into dried fruit, so I eat this mix with fresh fruit (apples or pears or pineapple) and a bit of yogurt. Sooo good.

12 | andrea tomkins

January 17th, 2014 at 6:03 pm


Eep! Sorry to hear about your burnt granola. I think it’s a great idea to sub your preferred nuts/seeds/fruits! Everyone has a different idea of what “perfect” granola should contain right? It’s the kind of recipe that’s easy to tinker with! :)

13 | DaniGirl

March 22nd, 2014 at 3:10 pm


Oh oh oh – coconut and oats and pecans and pumpkin seeds? These are a few of my favourite things!! Must try this – thank you!

Do you eat it dry or as a cereal? How do you store it? (I just found a few glass jars on sale at the grocery store that would be pretty, but they’re smallish.)

14 | andrea tomkins

June 1st, 2014 at 10:14 am


We sprinkle it over yogurt, and store it in old mason jars! :)

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