Big Batch Granola

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It’s been a cold week all around the country. I have a bit of problem that no matter how cold it is, I won’t turn the heater on in our house until at least 5pm. But I don’t have an issue heating the house in other ways. I do wish we had fireplace or even a wood burning stove/heater, but alas, we have a tiny house and no space for either. What I do have, however, is a big hunk of steel in the kitchen in the form of my Wedgewood stove. Unlike other stoves I’ve had, the whole unit gets hot Hot HOT when it’s on and it can warm our entire small house. Don’t worry, though. I’m not about to just turn it on for no reason.

Having a 16 year old boy in the house means that we go through food faster than I ever thought possible. Food that you would think would last at least a week are lucky to make it 2 days around here. So if I want to make a batch of granola it is in my best interest to make a very large batch. This batch will probably last the average household a month. Here we’ll get maybe 2 weeks out of it. Since I don’t have a whole lot of spare time to make granola every few days I have to make these large batches. It takes a lot less time to make a big batch compared to multiple regular sized batches but if you want to cut this recipe down it’s easy to do.

One of the ingredients you will see might make you scratch your head. I learned to add this from a recipe I once made for cinnamon rolls. It helps create a more complex flavor profile, so don’t worry and trust me, you’ll love it.

  • 16 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups sunflower oil
  • 2 cups honey
  1. Preheat your oven to 275*F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a very large bowl mix oats, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, salt and pepper together.
  3. Add oil and honey to the dry mix. It works best if you measure out the oil first and then use the same measuring cup to measure out the honey. That way the honey just pours out without sticking to the measuring cup.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well until the honey and oil is well incorporated and all the dry mix is evenly coated.
  5. Pour the mix onto the baking sheets and press it down in an even layer.
  6. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Mix up granola, bringing the outside edges in and pack it back down into an even layer again. Switch sheet locations and bake another 30 minutes. Repeat this one more time baking for a total of 90 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then break up into chunks and store in an airtight container.
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  1. Great idea! I am terminally bored with my breakfasts these days, when I think of making it, I love homemade granola. Love the large batch recipe! If I can find time, I’ll whip some up.

    Stay warm! Things are a freezin’ here…

  2. We have a coconut allergy in this household. Any suggestions for replacements? Raisins, maybe?

  3. Have you ever done a cost analysis to see if its less expensive than buying pre-made granola in bulk? I’m all for making things from scratch but I’ve avoided granola because it seems like all the raw ingredients would be much more expensive.

    • Now I’m going to have to do some math. :) Since I get everything at Trader Joe’s that’s the prices I’ll use. We buy rolled oats in 50lbs bags for about $38. Honey is pretty much free for us since we have bees. A pound of honey can run about $10 for the good stuff. A bag of pecans is about $4 at Trader Joe’s and I think it’s also $4 for the bag of coconut at TJs. The oil is $3.99 but we use half the bottle. 5.67 cups = 1 lb of rolled oats. This recipe calls for approximately 2.8 lbs of oats which comes to $2.14. A box of granola from TJs (which is sometimes cheaper than granola from a standard supermarket) runs about $3.99 for eight 1/2 cup servings. This batch makes about forty 1/2 cup servings and costs $22.14 to make. Buying it from TJs for the same amount and if I had to buy honey would be $2.19 cheaper. So it is slightly more expensive to make it, but I get to control what goes into it and I also get to control how much sugar and fat is in it. Plus it tastes better. If I bought nuts, honey and coconut in bulk I probably would save money in the deal.

  4. Was so pleased to see this recipe so I shared the link with some friends. My cost analysis? Maybe I don’t want to know. Made a special trip to South Bend IN just to get some non-GMO oatmeal at Meijer, then back north to MI to get the “fixins” for dog food at a local farm market store plus the honey which I’d forgotten. The honey cost *a lot* because it’s unpasturized and “local”. Oh well. Since the kids are grown to be 20&30 somethings, they are off on their own so I plan on giving as homemade Christmas gifts along with other homemade stuff like jams and pie fillings.

    • Sounds great! For future reference, there is no such thing as GMO oats so you can save yourself the trip next time. :)

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