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Homemade Cereal Recipe
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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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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 23, 2007

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 27, 2011

Good flavor, but too moist!!! It's not crunchy! I'd probably use oil for the water if I were to make this again.

Oct 29, 2003

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!

Mar 27, 2006

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.

Jan 05, 2008

This has been one of my favorite recipes from this site! I make this all the time for my family and as gifts for friends. Everyone I've given it to has beeged for the recipe. My boys put it on yogurt or applesauce, and I just love it in a bowl with milk for breakfast. When making it I include the optional cinnamon and nutmeg, but I also include ½ - 1 cup of flax seeds. I sometimes splurge on the vanilla too and add up to 2 tablespoons. As for the nuts I have found that I like chopped hazelnuts and almonds. I cook the nuts throughout the entire baking cycle to give them a nice toasted taste. Then I just add the dates for the last 15 minutes and skip the coconut. Super easy! Super good!

Jul 14, 2003

This cereal was great. I think I will make it and give it away as a gift. I used almonds, no dates, and oat bran instead of wheat bran. The taste was delicious.

Nov 17, 2005

This is a wonderful, nutritious and tasty cereal. For my youngest's food allergies, I substituted oat bran for wheat bran, ground up sunflower seeds for the wheat germ (an odd-sounding substitution, but it worked), and about 1/4 cup barley malt instead of brown sugar (I decreased the water a bit to make up for the liquid). This goes great with rice, oat or almond milk--and if you use just enough milk to cover the cereal and microwave it for about 60 seconds, it makes a wonderful hot cereal (really brings out the pecan flavor).

Jul 14, 2003

I love this recipe. I used the spices, and substituted whole almonds for the pecans because of my personal taste. I don't care for coconut, so I left it out and the salt because I have to eat salt free. I also coated the almonds in a tablespoon of honey before adding. It is a great cereal.


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  • Calories
  • 525 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 76.8 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 22.3 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 11 g
  • 44%
  • Protein
  • 10.7 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 219 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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