Granola Opry

There is opera, and there is “Opry.” There is granola, and there is “Granola Revisited” from Lorna Sass’ Whole Grains Every Day Every Way.  We Gourmandistanis often find granola too sweet, too cinnamony or just too junked up. Carob chips are Satan’s chocolate and, being purists, we believe even Amedei chocolate would ruin a good granola (and vice versa).

This granola is simple, light and still plenty sweet—especially when you ramp up the coconut ration (perhaps, for example, after discovering an aging cache of the stuff hidden in your freezer). If you’re an opera fan, you could Melba it up with dried peaches. Opry fans could add sequins and little cowboy hats, or combine it with Greek yogurt and fruit like these guys and Steve do for a slightly less sugary alternative to breakfasting with Taylor Swift.


  • Servings: about 7 cups
  • Print

(adapted from Lorna Sass’ Whole Grains Every Day Every Way)

  • 2/3 c. maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
  • 1/4 c. neutral oil
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. toasted wheat germ (optional)
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1-1/2 c. unsalted nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c. currants or raisins
  • 1/2 c. other dried fruits, chopped (dates and/or cherries, for example)

Preheat oven to 225°.

Mix syrup and oil in a small saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until warm.  Add vanilla and remove from heat.

Mix together oats, optional wheat germ, coconut and nuts in a large bowl.  Add syrup mixture, stirring until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.

Spread mixture evenly onto a large rimmed baking sheet (i.e., a jelly roll pan).  Bake for about 90 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes with a flat spatula and rotating baking sheet occasionally so that the oats are evenly toasted.

Cool mixture on the baking sheet.  When cooled, sprinkle dried fruits over and toss a bit.  Store at room temperature in a covered container.



  1. Finally!! A granola recipe that does not make you cringe because it appears long and complicated. I am going to get some rolled oats and make some myself. Better than snacking on cookies! Happy new year Gourmandistanis!

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: