My Mom's Homemade Granola

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 8 cups old fashioned oats
  • 6 cups rolled wheat
  • 2 cups wheat germ
  • 3 cups coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup oil (I use canola)
  • 4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine oatmeal, rolled wheat, wheat germ and coconut. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine salt, brown sugar, honey, oil, vanilla, water and cinnamon (if using). Whisk together until well combined.

  4. Pour over oat mixture and stir until mixture is evenly coated.
  5. Divide between three cookie sheets line with parchment paper or silpat liners. Press down firm using a metal spatula.
  6. Bake for 2 hours. Remove from oven and let cool for at least an hour before breaking into pieces.

Recipe Notes

This isn't a super "chunky" granola but if you let it cool completely on the cookie sheets before breaking it up, some of it will stay in chunks. 

If you want a hint of cinnamon you can add 2 teaspoons to the liquid mixture (or more if you want a stronger cinnamon flavor). I love it both ways, my mom never added the cinnamon, but I did this last time I made it and really liked the super subtle cinnamon taste.

Here is a link so you can see what the rolled wheat looks like. It's readily available online, but I haven't had luck finding it in all grocery stores. I ended up buying it at Winco in their bulk foods. 

I use sweetened coconut in this but you can also use unsweetened.