Recipe: Granola Bars / Cereal (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals)

Granola Cereal Recipe from 100 Days of Real FoodThis recipe is super yummy and so flexible! Below is our favorite cereal version, but there are many ways to tweak the recipe depending on your preferences. For the nuts you can put either all almonds or all cashews (or split them as listed below or even try a totally different type of nut). Also, the same thing works for the seeds – you can either put in all pumpkin seeds or all sesame seeds or put in half and half. You could easily play around with the amounts of sesame seeds and flaxseeds as well. If you can’t find unsweetened shredded coconut you can leave it out completely.

If you want granola cereal make it with rolled oats. If you want granola bars then substitute steel cut oats for the rolled oats, and I also like to add dried fruit bits before baking the bars. For the cereal, once it has baked and cooled completely, you want to put it in a gallon zip lock to break it up into small cereal pieces. If you are making granola bars just break off big chunks instead of using a bag. Don’t expect perfectly uniform rectangles for your granola bars – these are homemade after all!

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Granola Bars / Cereal (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals)
Serves: makes 3 lbs
Recipe adapted from Anson Mills
  • 3½ cups rolled oats (if you want bars use steel cut oats so it will stick together better)
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces (or walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I could only find unsweetened at Earth Fare, which is similar to Whole Foods)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Also need – parchment paper
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

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  1. Cindy |

    Do you have the nutritional information? Thanks.

      • Cindy |

        Thank You!

        • Jennifer |

          This is great. I like crunchy in my oatmeal. I was looking for store brand granola but couldn’t find a good one. I am new to all of this eating better. Would the nuts in this give plenty of protein or is there something extra to add protein?

  2. Mindy |

    My daughter has a tree nut allergy. Do you have any suggestions for replacing the nuts?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi there. You can replace nut with seeds. :)

  3. Robin E |

    I tried this recipe two weeks ago. Not only did it make the house smell absolutely incredible while it was baking, it made a decent sized amount and it tastes delicious. I swapped in roughly chopped hazelnuts for the almonds because I love hazelnuts, they were on sale, and I’m a little sick of almonds at the moment.
    This is a fantastic recipe. It’s especially delicious with berries and Greek Yogurt. Thank you for sharing!

  4. vanessa |

    Hello, I’ve tried to make granola cereals a few times, very good at the beginning but with a bad bitter taste after I ate it.
    Any idea why?

    • |

      Hi Vanessa – I’m not sure as we’ve made this recipe every week for years and never experienced that. Perhaps you had some rancid ingredients…I’d give it another shot. – Jason

  5. vanessa |

    I’ve noticed it happens with rolled oatmeal, I wonder why…it tastes goog before going into the oven…I even beked for less time the second time..
    I would like to make your granola but I don’t want to waste the ingredients for the third time.

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