Homemade, Easy and Delicious Granola!

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last night we had an impromptu dinner and dessert making night! it was pretty fantastic. my husband and i have been having one of those weeks where it’s full of really exciting and great ‘ups’ and then 5 minutes later filled with pretty crazy ‘downs’ so it’s been one heck of a ride! apparently organizing a world record is way more of a big deal than we anticipated but it’s coming together (reminder, it’s april 16th and we will need your help to break it. more soon).

as i left for the store, my husband hollered “i’ll make you whatever you want for dinner just get the supplies!” um, that’s a pretty solid deal. i chose fieeeesta night!

and then Eminem cooked up the chicken.

the new wifestyle ryan cooking chickenit was delicious and i’m only going on this tangent before getting to the granola so i could show you my cute husband with his hood up. and this.

the new wifestyle date night(mine is the one with a bite out of the tortilla). i don’t know why i was so silly and only prepared one burrito for me initially because i definitely went back for another one.

okay enough of my tangents…let’s get to the granola-because it’s pretty out of this world. and it’s only 7 ingredients (salt and olive oil not pictured because i was still in a burrito-induced-food-coma and almost forgot them).

the new wifestyle homemade granolafirst, mix all of your dry ingredients together like the old fashioned oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and whatever else fun things you want to add!

the new wifestyle seeds homemade granolain a separate bowl, mix together the 100% pure maple syrup, olive oil and a dash of salt and drizzle it on top of the glorious dry mixture.

the new wifestyle homemade granola recipe bowlthen get your hunky husband to spread it on an un-greased baking sheet that has an edge to it otherwise you will have quite literally a hot mess of granola everywhere. also, please note that the slices almonds are waiting patiently to be added later, halfway through the cooking time.

the new wifestyle homemade granola spreadspread your glorious mixture all over that baking sheet and stick it in a preheated oven that is 350 degrees F. after it’s been baking for about 15 minutes, remove from the oven and then flip/toss the granola around so it cooks evenly on both sides because you aren’t making oatmeal, people-you are making granola and that stuff is crunchy. add the almonds (i’ve found this saves them from getting too crispy or burned).

i found my sliced almonds at trader joe’s. if you don’t have a trader joe’s close to you, i’d recommend moving.

the new wifestyle homemade granola almondsthrow it back in the oven (actually, do this very carefully because burning granola on the bottom of your oven smells good at first then gross) and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

you house is going to smell amazing, so be prepared. also be prepared to find yourself eating close to a cup of this because it’s so delicious AND healthy, particularly when warm out of the oven. please drink a lot of water because this is a hefty amount of fiber.

the new wifestyle homemade granola recipe easyfill a mug full of your new homemade granola, sit down and watch “breaking bad” like all the cool kids were doing 2 years ago and enjoy!

the new wifestyle homemade granola easy mugyou  may notice that i painted my nails. oh, you didn’t? well neither did my husband because apparently “it’s the exact same color as your skin and is really pointless.” in my defense, it’s like the trendy thing to do. at least it is on emily from ‘revenge.’ actually, i think mine needs a little more pink in it (i can truly feel my husband’s eyes rolling as he reads this statement in 5 minutes).

back to the granola-we love to add this to our smoothies,  as cereal, on frozen yogurt, straight from the tupperware with your white-folk-flesh-colored-nail polish; basically anyway that involves it touching your tastebuds is a good bet. the recipe specifics are below!

the new wifestyle homemade granola receipe

H O M E M A D E  G R A N O L A


  • 4 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cook kind)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted pepitas aka hulled pumpkin seeds (usually found in the bulk aisle)
  • 1/4 cup of shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (save for half way through baking time)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • add up to a cup of whatever you heart desires of dried fruit like craisins, raisins, blueberries etc.


  • heat the oven 350 degrees F
  • mix together the dry ingredients (excluding the almonds)
  • in a separate bowl- mix the maple syrup, olive oil and salt together
  • pour this mixture into the dry ingredients
  • spread on a rimmed baking sheet
  • bake for 15 minutes, then toss the granola so the other side gets cooked
  • add the almonds before putting back in the oven
  • continue baking for another 10-15 minutes until golden and crispy.
  • add the dry fruit later if you so desire

ps. shout out to the best mama in the whole world because today is her birthday!! here she is with the wreath i sent here (and yes, i totally had to google how to send a wreath through the mail). love you and happy birthday! xo.

the new wifestyle moms birthday


1) are a fan of granola? have another recipe i should try?
2) do you paint your nails? (i very rarely ever do)
3) one of the trickier things you’ve sent through the mail?


  1. Ryan Avery

    March 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Just so everyone knows… I did roll my eyes when I read the part about her nails being painted because this will be her third time to go to the store to get “nude” nail polish! But I love her… she is pretty much the best and made me a smoothie today with her granola… so babe… you pretty much rock! 🙂

    • chelsea

      March 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      hahah i KNEW you would. but i’m still going to find the perfect one. i do very little ‘girly-girl things’ so please embrace this. and i’m glad you enjoyed my smoothie-sorry for eating close to half of it. good thing you looooove me!

  2. Kristi Beres

    March 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Never made my own granola.

    I feel better when I paint my nails. It is a way to relax. I did it last night to prepare for a contest I’m a Chief Judge at tonight.

    No recent mail challenges.

    I’ll agree with Eminem. The Mexican food, nail tangents could have been three separate blogs, but your writing is more train of thought. You can always edit it.

    Happy Friday.

    • chelsea

      March 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      well you should try it, Kristi! it’s pretty good. i’m glad painting your nails relaxes you-it is satisfying to watch the brush strokes. hope your contest goes great today and happy friday to you too!

  3. Carly

    March 7, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I love nude nail polish and have done lots of experimenting! Try Bubble Bath and Coney Island Cotton Candy from OPI and Ballerina Slippers from Essie. They’re fabulous!

    • Carly

      March 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      I also love Revenge, it’s like a gateway drug to soap operas

      • chelsea

        March 8, 2014 at 7:59 am

        ohhhh such helpful tips Carly! thanks for your advice on the colors from OPI and Essie-cannot wait to get my hands (and fingernails on those!) and SO very true about Revenge. it really is a gateway drug and the amount of drama and wealth that is displayed in that show is astonishing.

  4. Marc Gabris

    March 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Nice pics. I agree about Trader Joes! Have you tried to get your eminem to get some tats?

    • chelsea

      March 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

      thanks Marc! isn’t TJ’s the very best? i can (and have) spent way too much time and money there. and oh yeah…i’ve been trying for tats on him since we were 19! he says he changes his mind too much to get something permanently on his body. i guess i’ll just have to be the family representative 🙂