Do you like granola but not the fat content that comes with it?  Yeah, us too.  So, the answer to that is really quite simple — make your own!  Doing so controls the amount of fat in it.  That makes a huge difference, and since all granola needs a fat component, this is really the best way to make your own healthy and delicious granola as a cereal for breakfast, on top of fresh fruit with some plain, low fat Greek yogurt, or…..on ice cream.  (I won’t tell if you don’t!).  At Bella Rose B&B in Canandiagua, we serve it on fresh fruit with yogurt, and it is ALWAYS a hit, no matter what the season.

Anyway, not to brag (too much), but this recipe won an annual recipe contest that our local balsamic vinegar and olive oil store, F. Olivers, conducts every spring.  I was amazed.  Shocked actually.  But, mostly I was thrilled that out of so many submissions, mine won!  Now, I want to share it with you, my many loyal readers and followers.  I encourage you to try it at home as it is very easy, very tasty, and quite good for you too.  And, if you can, make a point to use the olive oil from F. Olivers that I used, which was the Roasted French Walnut variety.  It’s definitely worth it!

Bon Appeit!

Homemade Granola

3 Cups old-fashioned oats
1 Cup coarsely chopped nuts – your choice
1/2 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 Cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 Cup sunflower seeds
4 Tbs. packed brown sugar
1Tsp. cinnamon
3/4 Tsp. ground ginger
1/2 Tsp. kosher salt
1/2 Cup honey
3 Tbs. F. Oliver’s Roasted French Walnut Oil  (
Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl.  Combine honey and olive oil in small bowl until well-blended, then add to dry ingredients, mixing in thoroughly.  Spread on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Baked in preheated 300 degree oven for 40 minutes, tossing at 10 minute intervals.  Cool on rack.  Stir and store in airtight container.  

You may add in dried fruit when ready to serve (but not before); however, it is wonderful on its own with a bowl of fresh fruit (berries, pineapple, grapes, apples) and topped with non-fat plain Greek yogurt.