Homemade Granola

Total Time:
1 hr
15 min
45 min

12 cups

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup good honey
  • 1 1/2 cups small diced dried apricots
  • 1 cup small diced dried figs
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Add the apricots, figs, cherries, cranberries, and cashews. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.

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    Meh. It was an okay recipe. I didn't have any issue with crisping, because the mixture never became soggy in the first place. I was hoping for large chunks of granola, but I guess the photo doesn't show that either. As for cooking time, the trick is to use raw nuts & take the mixture out of the oven once your kitchen is filled with the wonderful aroma of roasted nuts. At 350, that was 6 minutes.
    Tasty recipe, but there must be a typo on the cook time and temperature. Mine burnt after 15 min. I tried it again by lowering the temp to 300 and cooking it for 25 min...stirring frequently. Also, you can lower the amount of oil used and add brown sugar if you like a sweeter granola. It crisps up nicely once it cools.
    A good base recipe but definitely look to the reviews to make this a 4-5 star recipe. Like many others I reduced the temperature to 300 and put a piece of wax paper on the baking sheet which really made all the difference. 30 minutes at 300 degrees and turning every 10 minutes seems to be the key; and like other people said, the granola will crisp up while cooling and not in the oven. A few tweaks to the recipe: I added walnuts instead of almonds or cashews (but that's a personal choice) and I reduced the amount of oil to 1/2 cup and added a bit more honey. Also a dash of cinnamon and 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract really tied everything together.
    My first batch following the temperature and timing instructions ofcooking the granola at 350 degrees for 45 minutes turned out to be a moist, expensive, way over toasted mess! Following the suggestions of other reviewers and a friend, the recipe turned out PERFECT making only a half batch for the recommended cookie sheet size, using a little less oill, my friend's recommendation of lining the cookie sheet with cooking sprayed parchment paper which prevented any burning at the edges and allowed for ease of stirring, and baking at only 300 degrees with stirring every 10 minutes. After 40 minutes of cooking and allowing the granola to cool, crunchy perfection!
    not good at all...i am so upset because I love all Ina recipes...I should have paid more attention to the reviews people put in here, but I was trying to do a quick fun activity with my 4 year old. It is way too high of a temp and too long to cook. If that was fixed I bet the taste would be good. I would guess 275 even or if you do 350 for like 20 mins. I didn't realize that it gets its crunch when it is cooling. I kept it cooking waiting for it to crisp up...Still well below the recommended time to cook...
    I'm over this recipe. I've tried it multiple times and something goes wrong every single time. The first time I made it, it was burnt black. The second time I adjusted the time/temp and it was only slightly burnt. This time I adjusted time/temp again and the granola never got crispy. I baked and baked it and let it cool multiple times and its wet and soggy. The recipe definitely has too much oil. I'm giving up and finding a whole new recipe.
    This is easy and delicious; I've had it for breakfast or a snack with my homemade yogurt nearly everyday this week.
    If you follow the recipe and the food turns black, that isn't a good recipe.
    This is a good basic granola. I added vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, switched some of the honey for real maple syrup, sprinkled in some coconut and added 1/3 c. brown sugar after reading other reviews that it wasn't sweet enough. I'm surprised Ina didn't "bump up the volume" on this one, I had to do it. Way off on time and temp. Bake at 300 and watch carefully in 10 min. increments.
    There must be a typo on either the temp or time because I pulled this out at 30" and it was slightly burnt. However, it was still edible. The flavor is good so I'll be playing around with this recipe til I perfect it but at least I have a starting place. I hate to rate one of Ina's recipes so low but if I hadn't had my eye on it all those ingredients would've been wasted.
    I've made smaller batches of this recipe quite a few times eliminating the oil, slightly increasing the honey, decreasing the amount of dried fruit (they're full sugar adding vanilla.  
    Below is my version 
    2.5C oats, 1C sliced almonds,3/4C shredded coconut, 2/3 C honey, 1/4 t salt, 1t vanilla, 1/2 t almond extract' 1.5 C dried fruit, 3/4 C chocolate chips optional. 
    Toast first three ingredients at 350 until lightly browned - approx. 10 min. Remove & decrease heat to 300. 
    Meanwhile heat honey, extracts & salt on stove top in pot large enough to mix all ingredients. Once honey is liquified add toasted ingredients. Mix in dried fruit & chips. Spoon into 9 x 10 pan...so the mix is about one to two up inches thick. 
    Bake approx 25 min at 300.
    Is the oven temperature and/or baking time a misprint? I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes and it still burned.
    I LOVE this recipe. My family LOVES this recipe and we devour it. You won't be disappointed. Ina never lets me down!
    I made only 1/2 the recipe and it was good but I almost burnt it. I had to take it out after about 10 minutes. I think the 45 minutes was a typing error. I would turn it to 300 next time and watch it closely after 10 minutes. I added crystalized ginger like the kind I've bought at Trader Joes and raisins. Yummy. I use Ina's recipes a lot and this was the first one that didn't work as written.
    Cooking time is too long. After 30 minutes I took it out of the oven because it would've burned. Could've been a little sweeter. But adding the dried fruit probably added that extra needed sweetness. Good recipe otherwise.
    I have made this several times, and we love it, so easy to make. I switch up the additions often and love it with yogurt, and fresh berries.
    This came out to be excellent- I made it for my students to snack on before a big exam!
     One thing I would change is the coooking time- I felt it roasted for a little too long- the mix was very dark; I also boiled some honey and threw it on after the mix had cooled for a little exrta sweetness!! Would make again!
    Excellent - and it makes a GREAT gift!!
    I made three batches. The first was per recipe and it was sort of bland. Second and third I added a third cup of brown sugar to the dry and some vanilla to the wet. Smelled wonderful and very tasty. I also varied the nuts and fruit and reduced the coconut by half in the second and third batches. Definitely worthwhile to reduce the temp...I dropped to 300 which made a big difference in controlling the time and burnt edges.
    Over the top as per Ina she is one of the best.Every thing she gives you is very easy and more then simple to do.Love Love this Lady..The Iris Lady
    I love this recipe! It's so versatile and delicious. I change fruits and nuts according to what's on hand and it always turns out great. Do not omit the coconut though. It really adds texture and sweetness. I do reduce oven to 250 and stir every 15 minutes for 1 hour. It also helps to line the pan with parchment paper. Serve over Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Yum!
    I love this recipe!! I never thought I could make my own granola!! Seriously, this is very simple and easy. I took the advice of some other posters and decreased the temp of my oven to 325 and I take it out every 10 min or so and stir it thoroughly - that is the hardest part really. I also have used unsweetened coconut and added walnuts then I increased the amount of honey to 1 full cup. Excellent recipe, I change up the dried fruit as well from dried mangos, cranberries, cherries, raisens, whatever YOU like. Very easy, simple and delicious recipe!! Oh yeah, be sure to use the Old Fashion Oats... I used the quick cooking kind the first time and although they were tasty, definately not very crispy and kinda almost mushy. Well worth using the Old Fashion Oats.
    I looked for several different Granola Recipes but when I compared them this sounded simple and good so I tried it. I have never made my own granola before......OH MY OH MY. You MUST try this recipe. I followed it exactly except used a blend of dried fruits from Costco. Unbelievable !! I eat it ever morning sprinkled over ZOI honey Greek yogurt. I gave little samples out to my co-workers. I have printed out this recipe 15 times it got so many raves.....the beauty of it is, you can change up the basic recipe to whatever you want. Really, you will not be dissapointed.
    This granola is very tasty. But like a few others mentioned, you really have to check it every couple of minutes. I think mine went about 2 minutes too long and the coconut was a little too dark. I only baked it for about 30 minutes. Otherwise, very tasty combo and will be great in yogurt!
    tastes great. But recipe should be altered. I cooked the oats for 25 minutes and even that was probably 5 minutes too long. And switched the oil and honey amounts. Makes a very large amount.
    This is excellent! Grandkids even liked it. I will make this again.
    This recipe made excellent granola; friends were having seconds and asking for the recipe. I did cut the recipe in half and it came out perfectly in about 15-20 min. My suggestion is to check on the granola in the oven every 5-10 minutes to avoid burning.
    I used quick cooking oats and I used raw coconut oil. I used only one cup of nuts and replaced the other cup of nuts with 1/2 cup whole buckwheat. I thought it was too sweet last time so this time I replaced 2 tbs of the honey with a banana and only used 1/2 cup coconut oil. I also added in 2 tsp of cinnamon and added my coconut at the end since I don't like toasted coconut...it was done in 20 mins...I just looove this recipe..it's a keeper!
    this has become a staple in my house. Occasionally I add different dried fruits for a change or use the base for granola bars for a quick healthy snack.
    As with many recipes adjustments are according to your personal taste. I really liked the recipe but would lessen the oil next time and I substituted the cashews for whole toasted almonds (used the thin sliced almonds as called for); didn't have dried figs but added the other dried fruits and I really like it.  
    As others mentioned, it needs to be stirred occasionally and I liked how it crisped up. I cooked it about 50 minutes....my oven doesn't cook fast at the designated temp. 
    I will definitely make again. GREAT for holiday gift-giving.
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