Lea’s Lovely Granola

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This recipe comes to me from my Daughter-in-law Janet Moore

From: Lea’s Recipes for Family and Friends Cookbook.

This is a tasty, luxurious granola. It’s great with yogurt and fruit (sliced pears!), or with milk. I like to mix it with other cereals as well.

Oven: 300 F. Rack in middle of oven, large baking pan, like a big rectangular cake pan. If it’s not non-stick, spray with a bit of non-stick spray.


  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick type)
  • 1 cup chopped or sliced almonds (or whole almonds if you like)
  • ½ c. brown sugar (I usually add only ¼ c. and it still tastes great)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. shredded coconut
  • ½ c. sunflower seeds
  • ½ c. pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ c. sesame seeds (untoasted)
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

Liquid mixture:

  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tsp. vanilla (I didn’t have vanilla one day and added Kahlua instead, for a lovely flavour)

Add at end: 1 c. raisins

1. Mix oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt, coconut, seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl
2. Combine oil, honey, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium head and bring to a simmer.
3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
4. Pour the liquid over the mixture in the bowl and mix well, tossing until everything is thoroughly coated.
5. Put in baking pan and bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
6. While still hot, stir in the raisins. Cool completely.

Store in airtight containers at room temperature, or if keeping over 1 week, in the fridge. Also freezes well.

Note: I have added lots of different ingredients and it always turns out great, as long as you keep the approximate proportions of ingredients. I’ve substituted different nuts such as pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc. I often add flax or wheat germ for added nutritional boost.


About Pat Tate

Always a very busy person Pat has been interested in cooking and collecting recipes. In an effort to sort out a mound of favorite recipes and to be able to pass them on to the next generation she started this site Family, Foods, and Friends. Again she invites people to join her and to share their cooking adventures.

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