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I have great memories of a time one or two years ago when two of my friends and I got the urge to make homemade granola. After a “quick” Whole Foods run, a pecan-chopping adventure (involving two cans, a bowl and some saran wrap) and a lot of taste-testing, we ended up with some of the best granola I’ve ever eaten. This all occurred in Tram’s kitchen with my two favorite journalism students.


I got the taste for homemade granola last week, so I worked it into my grocery budget. The main ingredient (rolled oats, aka oatmeal) is incredibly cheap, but I had to dance around some prices for the nuts (a necessity). I had about a cup of slivered almonds in my pantry, so I just needed to buy a bag of walnuts. I had everything else on hand in my pantry.


As with everything else, I worked with what I had and ended up with my own version of a granola recipe. I’m currently munching on still-warm oatmeal mixed with unsweetened plain yogurt, and it’s delicious.


  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups chopped or slivered nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts…)
  • 2 1/2 cups dried coconut flakes (I only had sweetened, but I definitely recommend unsweetened)
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins and/or craisins
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the mixture. Hint: If you use the same cup to measure the honey that you already measured the oil with, the honey will come right out! Mix well.
  4. Place 1-2 inches thick in cake or loaf pans and bake.
  5. Gently mix approximately every six minutes. Take it out when it’s a light golden color. Don’t overcook!


As always, Stephen got to do his official taste test, and he even waited until it had slightly cooled. He ate a bowl with yogurt as well and proclaimed it delicious. I think I can take his frequent trips to the kitchen to grab extra bites of granola as a good sign…


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