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Homemade Cereal

Homemade Cereal

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My mother-in-law has made this wonderful granola cereal recipe for years. It's so flexible, and so much cheaper (and better) than the store-bought granola.

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  • Calories:
  • 525 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 22.3 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 76.8g
  • 25%
  • Protein:
  • 10.7 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 219 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, and wheat bran.
  3. In a medium bowl, blend brown sugar, vegetable oil, honey, and water. Mix in vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir the brown sugar mixture into the oat mixture until evenly moist, and transfer to a large, shallow baking dish.
  4. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until lightly brown. Mix dates, pecans, and coconut into the dish, and continue baking about 15 minutes. Allow to cool, and store in airtight containers.
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This was a good base recipe for granola- I substituted unsweetened applesauce for the oil, unsweetened apple juice for the water, omitted the dates and coconut, added pine nuts, slivered almonds, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and dried apricots. I also used all wheat bran instead of the mix of wheat germ and bran and it turned out fine! Very good hot like oatmeal, cold with milk, or mixed with applesauce.

Michelle B

This is our favorite granola! The only change I made is to bake it for 1 1/2 hours, stirring once after the first 30 minutes.


Yummy, yummy cereal that stays crunchy in milk. I halved the recipe and did some substitutions due to lack of ingredients: I cut out the germ, dates, and coconut, and I added 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup bran cereal (looks like twigs), and 1/2 cup of sliced almonds. This cereal is barely sweet, so I added some raisins to my bowl when I served it. I'll definitely be making this again!