Homemade Granola

What you will need:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins or other dry fruit
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice


  1. Prepare 8-inch by 12-inch rimmed baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper
  2. Preheat oven to 325∞
  3. Combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in a large bowl.
  4. Combine honey or agave nectar, with coconut oil or butter in a heat proof bowl. (microwave until ingredients are melted together)
  5. Stir melted ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until all oats are coated.
  6. Spread over the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove granola from oven and add raisins then stir carefully. Return to oven and bake another 15-20 minutes. Granola will be golden.
  9. Cool until firm but not hard.
  10. Use a spoon to crumble the granola.
  11. Place in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Note: You can change the dried fruit to craisins, apricots, or any other dried fruit and also vary the nuts to give the granola different flavors.

Serves 10


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Cindy Gershen is a well-known and respected advocate for healthy living. Cindy opened the Sunrise Cafe & Bakery in 1981, serving comfort food 'like Mom used to make." The cafe quickly outgrew its location and Cindy opened the Sunrise Bistro as a full service sit-down restaurant to compliment the successful cafe. Sunrise is about giving the customer what they want, from healthy and wholesome menu options to smart recipes without added sugar and salt. After having a stroke in 2001, Cindy lost and has kept off over 90 pounds. She is passionate about sharing the lessons of healthy diet and exercise she has learned and condenses that information into simple, practical solutions that people can use everyday. She often speaks and demonstrates cooking with local businesses and organizations to share her tips for healthy eating and its effects on productivity in the workplace and school environment. Cindy spearheaded the Walnut Creek Wellness City Challenge in 2005. Cindy Gershen is married to Dr Lance Gershen and together have 8 children and presently 9 grandchildren and 2 on the way.