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This is (IMO) the BEST Granola recipe because it's so easy and so healthy.It's become our traditional German breakfast, similar to müsli.

Hubby, that's OPA, uses it as a late-night snack! He'll even put it on his late-night ice cream as a topping.

It's so delicious and nourishing to nibble on just the way it is. Put some in a baggie to take on your next hike. You've got homemade trail mix!

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Granola vs. Müsli vs. Trail Mix

Is there a difference between granola, Müsli, and Trail Mix?

Yes. Although they have similar ingredients, granola is the term used for this cereal when it's been toasted, (usually) sweetened and served with milk.

Trail Mix is the same, only eaten 'out of hand' ... on the trail!

Müsli is raw and unsweetened. Often, it's mixed with milk the night before, refrigerated, and then eaten for breakfast.

Opa's Granola Recipe – Trail Mix Recipe (5)Here's Opa's fav ... with lots of dried apricots and nuts

How and why I created this recipe ...

Knowing heavily sugar-laden store-bought cereal wasn't healthy, I looked for an alternative. Store-bought granola seemed better, but the sugar content was still too high.

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I started experimenting and the recipe for granola is above. Use it as a basic recipe. Then, use the hints section to make changes.

The result?

Delicious, yet different granola every time. Though the procedure is the same, the ingredients keep changing. It depends on what's on sale, what we crave, and what's in the cupboard.

The basic granola recipe is posted here. The hints section will show how to alter it. Baking is the only tricky part. You MUST stay in the kitchen, but only for about half hour.

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Opa's Granola Recipe – Trail Mix Recipe

This is (IMO) the BEST Granola recipe because it's so easy, so healthy and so similar to müsli.

Hubby, that's OPA, uses it as a late-night snack! He'll even put it on his late-night ice cream as a topping.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes


Makes about 10 cups


  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups nuts, see hints below
  • 2 cups mixed seeds, see hints below
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup raisins, see hints below


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, put oats, nuts, and seeds. Stir in honey or maple syrup. You can tell when it's well stirred in - the oats will appear moist.
  3. Spread on 2 metal cookie sheets with rims.
  4. Bake 10 minutes, stir, exchange positions of sheets.
  5. Repeat twice, being careful not to let granola burn. The main idea is to get all the granola nicely toasted. If you don't stir it, the outside areas will brown and possibly burn before the rest of the granola has browned. Watch closely during last 10 minutes, and remove earlier if browning too quickly.
  6. When cold, add dried raisins and store in seal-able containers. Keeps well at room temperature


  • Use any combination of nuts. Almonds, cashews, peanuts, soya nuts, corn nuts - these all work great
  • Use any combination of seeds. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are super (no shells, please)
  • Add dried fruits, such as apricots (cut into quarters), prunes (cut into quarters), currants, cranberries, strawberries, cherries along with the raisins, about an extra cup. If you prefer, you can add these dried fruits after 20 minutes of baking to make them a bit chewier. Need a way to cut these easy? Try this method.
  • Add bran, wheat germ, almost anything to the oats. Try something new and let me know how you changed my recipe for granola into yours.
  • For a homemade trail mix, you can add a bit more honey so the mix will have "clusters" of mix.

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Best Granola Recipe made Just like Oma

By Oma Gerhild Fulson

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Make this Granola Recipe to suit your taste. It can double as a homemade trail mix - it's that healthy! AND it's that easy to make ... let the kids help and plan what to use.

Ingredients: rolled oats,mixed nuts,seeds,raisins,honey or maple syrup,

For the full recipe, scroll up ...

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Opa's Granola Recipe – Trail Mix Recipe (2024)


Opa's Granola Recipe – Trail Mix Recipe? ›

Clumpy Granola Method: Add Whole Wheat and Almond Flour

First, it adds a combo of whole wheat flour and almond flour (or almond meal), which act as a binder to hold the oat mixture together.

What ingredient makes granola clump together? ›

Clumpy Granola Method: Add Whole Wheat and Almond Flour

First, it adds a combo of whole wheat flour and almond flour (or almond meal), which act as a binder to hold the oat mixture together.

What is the binder in granola? ›

The binder is what helps the base ingredients clump together into clusters. Traditionally this is usually a sugar syrup, but it's possible to use any ingredient that has the power to bind. Egg - Egg whites are a great binder for granola if you are trying to avoid sugar.

Is it OK to eat granola every day? ›

Yes, granola can be eaten daily. As part of a balanced diet and if the portions are checked. Go for healthier options with less added sugars and saturated fats to get the most out of it.

What binds granola bars together? ›

While there are several different sticky ingredients that you can use, we've found that the binding agent that works the best is honey! When added to your homemade granola bars, honey acts as glue that sticks all the pieces together.

How do I get my homemade granola to stick together? ›

Add an egg white.

The whites act as a kind of glue that binds the ingredients together. To ensure that the egg whites coat all the ingredients, I beat them with a whisk until foamy and increased in volume, which makes it much easier to fold into the granola.

What is the binding agent for homemade granola? ›

Nut butter is a super flavorful fat that serves multiple purposes in granola. It acts as a binding agent—along with additional coconut oil and whatever natural sweetener I've chosen—helping to pull the dry ingredients together into a wet, sticky mass for baking.

What is the best binding agent for granola bars? ›

Honey: Since it's a granola bar, refined sugar is not used in the recipe as it's meant to be healthy. So to provide appropriate sweetness, honey is used. Also, honey acts as the primary binding agent.

How do you make granola not crunchy? ›

Baking time: Increase the baking time for your granola. The longer you bake it, the drier and crunchier it will become. Keep a close eye on it to avoid burning, and stir it occasionally during baking to ensure even toasting.

Why does my homemade granola taste bitter? ›

Sugar may not sound as exciting as honey or maple syrup, but those comparatively high-fructose sugars are eager to burn in the oven, making the granola bitter and dark.

What to avoid in granola? ›

"Standard granola often contains rolled oats, which provide fiber and complex carbohydrates, and nuts that contribute healthy fats, plant protein and vitamin E," says Gellman. On the flip side, it can also be a source of saturated fats and added sugars, which are harmful for your heart when eaten in excess.

Is granola better for you than oatmeal? ›

Which One Is Better for Breakfast? Both oatmeal and granola make for a healthy, nutritious breakfast, but the winner for us is granola—the added nuts, seeds, and dried fruits give you a source of fiber and healthy fats that oatmeal can't quite compete with.

Is 1 cup of granola too much? ›

The serving size for granola can differ by brand, but a typical portion of granola is 1/3 cup, says Sass, “about the size of one-third of a tennis ball.” That means sitting down to a big bowl of granola for breakfast is excessive.

Is it cheaper to make your own granola bars? ›

They save well (wrap and freeze them for up to two months), are more affordable than store-bought bars, and don't contain the long list of unpronounceable ingredients. Plus, your kitchen will smell like a bakery while these granola bars bake. Ahhhh.

What should I mix with granola? ›

Granola with milk or yogurt is a great option for a healthier sweet treat at the end of the day, but you can also use it to top ice cream, milkshakes or homemade sweets.

What happened to Quaker granola bars? ›

In December, the Quaker Oates Company recalled certain granola bars and cereals over possible salmonella contamination. Then in January, the company expanded the recall, adding about two dozen more products to the list.

Why did my granola not stick together? ›

If so, the reason that your granola isn't clumpy already is because it was deliberately stirred and broken apart while it was baking, and it might be possible to make it re-clump! Try putting a scoop in the microwave and heating it in 30 second bursts on high. If it starts to get sticky, you're golden.

What makes granola not GF? ›

It mainly depends on what kind of granola you buy. While oats are naturally free of gluten, they may be processed in an area that has been exposed to gluten which will then cause the oats to be contaminated with this protein. Some brands of granola also use wheat flour that contains gluten.

Why is my granola crumbly? ›

Quick oats (also known as instant oats): These oats have been cut into smaller pieces, which makes them cook faster than rolled oats. They can be used in granola, but they will not provide the same texture as rolled oats and may cause the granola to be too crumbly.

How do you fix crumbly granola? ›

If you're willing to re-bake it a bit, a drizzle of honey or agave syrup will make clumps. Just bake for about 20 minutes, and start with hot syrup. You want to make sure to get some water evaporating and sugars changing. It will solidify as it cools.

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