Granola Topping or Cereal

Preparation info

  • Makes about

    3 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Lighter, Quicker, Better: Cooking for the Way We Eat Today

Lighter, Quicker, Better

By Richard Sax and Marie Simmons

Published 2000

  • About

Granola is one of the great “healthy food myths.” While the mixture of grains does offer plenty of protein, vitamins, and fiber, most prepared granola mixtures are loaded with fat and a non-nutritive simple carbohydrate like sugar or honey. You can, however, make a healthy granola.


  • 2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, not instant
  • 1 cup broken walnuts or sliced almonds or a combination
  • ½ cup dark or golden raisins or a combination
  • cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon mild vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


    1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Spread the oatmeal, nuts, and raisins in a 13 × 9-inch baking pan.
    3. In a small saucepan, combine the honey, oil, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Pour over the oats and stir until evenly distributed. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is golden. Cool mixture in the baking pan. Crumble the granola into small pieces when it is cooled. Store in a jar or plastic bag.