Father’s Day Granola Recipe

Father’s Day is this Sunday! And while most of us associate Father’s Day with grilling on the barbecue, I think of granola.

You see, my own dad loves granola.  So much so that at dessert time, he’ll pass on cookies and ice-cream and opt for a big bowl of granola instead.  And if my dad is ever caught having a “midnight snack,” it’s granola.

My mom and dad both always encouraged me to make — rather than buy — gifts for them.  Now that I’m a mom, I encourage the same.  Nothing’s sweeter than one of my boys’ hand-made-with-love gifts!

So this year I’m making this subtly sweet, spiced, super crunchy granola for my amazing father with a lotta love!  This homemade granola recipe is delicious! It’s a breakfast, an on-the-go snack, or if you’re my dad . . . a dessert!

Have an incredibly Happy Father’s Day!  Love!

My dad! And Eliza!

The other best dad in the world!

Makes about 9 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour

4-2/3 cups Old Fashioned oats
1-1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1-2/3 cup sliced almonds
1 cup roughly chopped jumbo raisins
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1-1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup honey

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Spread the mixture evenly onto two  baking sheets, and bake in the preheated oven until it’s a lovely golden brown color.  This should take about 1 hour, but set the timer for 30 minutes to stir it half-way through cooking process.  Let the granola cool on the baking sheet and store in an airtight container.


For a gluten-free version of this granola, make sure your package of oats says “gluten-free!”  Even though oats do not contain gluten, they are often grown near wheat fields and it’s possible for cross-contamination to occur. Gluten-free oats are available at Whole Foods.

You might also like my Honey Roasted Chai Granola.

Friday Flowers will be back next Friday!  Father’s Day took precedence!

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  1. says

    Neither one of “dads” in my life (my father, my husband) is crazy about granola, but the girls and I love it! I buy old-fashioned oats in bulk for oatmeal and I prefer to make my granola with it. I cannot wait to try your take on it!

  2. says

    Oh… this granola looks yummy! I love the unexpected spices that you’ve added. Great job and I know your granola lovin’ father is going to love it! I agree homemade gifts are the best! (especially when it’s food!)

  3. Kathy Guidry says

    I just found your page and am enjoying your recipes.Also,the pic of you and your family is the sweetest.Thanks for your effort.I truly love to cook also.

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