So many granolas are full of sugar and fat, but they don’t need to be! Try this quick and simple recipe for an energizing, trouble-free breakfast.

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  • Preparation Time

    10 minutes

  • Cooking Time

    20 minutes

  • Difficulty Rating


  • Health Level


  • Serves



  1. 3½ cups / 550 gm regular whole oats (not instant)
  2. ½ cup / 60 gm chopped walnuts, raw or oven-toasted
  3. ½ cup / 70 gm sliced almonds, raw or oven-toasted
  4. ½ cup / 70 gm seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia)
  5. ½ cup / 70 gm chopped organic dried fruit, currants, and/or raisins
  6. ½ cup / 115 g wheat germ, unsweetened
  7. ¼ cup / 60 ml olive, almond, or hazelnut oil
  8. ⅓ cup / 80 ml regular or date honey, no-sugar-added
  9. ½ tsp. / 1½ gm cinnamon (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C for regular granola, 120°F / 50°C for raw granola. Brush or mist a cookie sheet with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together nuts, seeds, wheat germ, and dried fruit (as well as cinnamon, if desired).
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, add oil and honey, and cook until liquid in consistently. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Spread a ½-1 inch / 1¼ – 2½ cm thick layer of the mixture onto the cookie sheet.
  5. For regular granola, bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, then mix and turn the granola.
  6. Bake 5-10 more minutes (10 minutes for extra-crispy).
  7. For raw granola, bake for 45 minutes on each side at the lower temperature noted above, leaving the oven door slightly ajar for airflow.
  8. Cool completely before storage.

Serving Size: ¼ cup

Exchanges per Serving: 1¼ Carb, ½ Protein, 1 Fat

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Comments 49

  1. Hi, Heather. The exchanges here are correct. Never mind what the menu planner states. 1/2 cup wheat germ is fine. Thanks for the heads up about the two inconsistencies – I will forward the news to the tech support team.

  2. Hello,
    Please can you verify that for 1/2 cup = 2 carbs, 1 protein, 1 fat and 1 fruit? This is what comes up on the menue planner. 1/2 cup of dried fruit divided into 6 portions surely does not equal 1 fruit serve? The method mentions “wheat germ” but I do not see this listed in the ingredients. I added 1/2 cup to the mix. Hope that is OK?

  3. Hi, Marilyn. Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 for your triglycerides, and have a lower content of phytoestrogens than the foods your doctor has requested you avoid. Deep green leafy vegetables and almonds are also excellent omega-3 sources. Cutting back on sugar can also help – try substitutes such as monk fruit and inulin sweeteners instead.

  4. Iam a survivor of breast cancer and was told to stay away from flax and soy and all Chinese herbs like ginseng. From my last visit to my dr ,she tells me triglycerides are high and to eat more fish is there anything else I can try in some of these recipes
    Thanks marilyn

  5. Hi Ossie, I wonder if you could check the exchanges listed for this recipe. When I ask for them it lists for 1/2 cup of this granola, or one serving, 2 carbs, 1 protein, 1 fruit. The whole recipe has only 1/2 c fruit, so it is divided 12 ways, yet on the fruit list we can have 1/4 cup of raisins as one serving. I’m confused!!!!

  6. Hi, martariggin1. We will be coming out with nutritional analyses in the near future. In the meantime, I can tell you that each portion provides 2 carbohydrate exchanges, 1 protein exchange, and 1 fat exchange (exchanges are similar to those used in American Diabetic Association menu planning). For a quick references, 1 carbohydrate exchange is equal to a slice of bread or 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta, 1 protein exchange is and ounce of meat or substitute, and 1 fat exchange is a teaspoon of oil.

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