Leon's Homemade Granola

Your entire family will agree that this homemade cereal is sweet, crunchy and delicious!

By Leon Burns, Cookeville, Tennessee

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Leon's delicious granola opened the door to his wife's heart, so you know it's something special!


8 c. old-fashioned oats2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. unsalted sunflower kernels1 c. sliced almonds
½ c. vegetable oil1 c. raisins or dried cranberries (or use some of each)
½ c. honey or molasses (or use some of each) 


1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Put oats and sunflower kernels in a large bowl.

2. Combine next three ingredients and pour over oat mixture. Stir well. Bake in a roasting pan, stirring every 20 minutes, until brown (an hour or more).

3. Meanwhile, toast almonds in a skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

4. When baking is done, stir in almonds and dried fruit. Cool completely before storing.

Makes about 10 cups.

Nutritional Information (serving size=1 cup):  Calories: 580; Fat: 28g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 5mg; Total Carbohydrates: 75g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugars: 26g; Protein: 13g.

Don't miss Leon's inspiring story about wooing his wife with an assist from this delicious granola.


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Will Quick oats work just as well as the old-fashioned oats on Leon's Homemade Granola?

You could always give it a try, Esther, but Leon did specify old-fashioned oats.

I was so happy to find this recipe for granola. Then I came here to learn of the nutritional values and found the HUGE calorie count and the high fat count. I know it will be delicious, but I am going to ask you to print a recipe in Guideposts that is both delicious and resonible in calorie count. I fight my weight all of the time-- just lost over 74 lbs--and I really really don't want to undo it. Guidepost is so so good for my soul, please print something to eat that is good for the body. God Loves You and So Do I Anita