Granola, the Perfect Snack!

Granola Perfect Snack YogurtWho doesn’t love a little crispy crunch in the morning? I’m not talking about bacon this time friends! Something a little more healthy! How does homemade granola sound? The baked oats with toasted almonds and walnuts (and/or pecans)…sprinkled onto a little bit of yogurt, it’s the perfect breakfast or snack…and for my husband, Phil, at work he calls that his lunch! At home after dinner…his dessert! This recipe makes the perfect amount. Enough to have a few baggies on hand at home and in my purse or car when I’m on the go.

The four of us are heading off to our first blogging conference as a team, the International Food Blogger Conference in Sacramento. (So excited!) And we know we will want to tuck a healthy snack into our totes during our busy days. And nothing beats homemade, right?!Granola Perfect Snack Baking Pan

This granola recipe is the one to make for tucking and taking! Be careful, it’s addicting! Make a batch before you head off of your next trip and pack it in the small snack size plastic bags. Be sure to take enough to share, especially at a food blogger’s conference!Granola Perfect Snack Nuts

There’s a perfect combination of sweet, tart and crunch! Whether you only like one type of nut, or a variety, the toasty-ness of the almonds from California Almonds and walnuts from the California Walnut Commission adds the perfect crunch along with the added crisp of the wheatgerm and the yummy chewiness of the dried fruit!Granola Perfect Snack Mixture

We will be snacking on this during our days at IFBC and maybe even sprinkling some on yogurt at breakfast! The amount of sweetness from the dried fruit and the hint of golden honey is ideal!

This is the perfect hotel room snack after a Gr8 day!

Granola, the Perfect Snack!

Adapted from Gourmet, July 2008

Author Debbie


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup mild honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup raw wheat germ
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mixed nuts, (almonds, walnuts, and pecans)
  • 2 cups mixed dried fruit, (cranberries and raisins or other dried fruit)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in the middle of the oven.

  2. Thoroughly combine the oil, honey, wheat germ, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in oats and nuts.
  4. Transfer granola to an uncreased metal baking pan (the one I use is about 9"x 12" with a 2" rim.)

  5. Bake 15 minutes, then stir and continue to bake. Check and stir every few minutes, rotating pan, until golden brown. About 10 minutes more. It will seem a little soft, but becomes crispy and crunchy as it sits.

  6. Stir in dried fruit and cool to room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

Freezes for up to 1 month in airtight container.

I received a discount on the registration fee for the conference in exchange for a few posts. No other compensation has been received.


  1. Brenda Perlin | 22nd Jul 16

    This looks great! One of my favorite snacks. Thank you.

    • Debbie | 22nd Jul 16

      My favorite too, Brenda! Keeps for so long in an airtight container…if there’s ever any left after a few days! The perfect go to snack! Glad you like it! Thanks for all your Gr8 support!

  2. Debi W | 22nd Jul 16

    Debbie, this looks wonderful. Since I’m gluten free, I will be looking for something to replace the wheat germ. I will let you know what I find, once I do. Ultra busy with the grandkids both here and in Napa Valley right now. This also looks like it would be good as a topping for a fruit crisp if you’re not in the mood for the traditional topping.
    Have fun at your conference.

    • Debbie | 22nd Jul 16

      Debi, it’s one of our favorite snacks! Easy and lasts forever! I checked for you and read that a substitute for wheat germ, for those with gluten intolerance is rice bran or oat bran. It also said that wheat bran tastes most like wheat germ. I hope this helps! You’d love this recipe! Let us know what you think! Always so nice to hear from you! Enjoy your summer!

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