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This Homemade Granola Is The Perfect Antidote To All Our Holiday Splurging

Healthy food is always “in,” to be enjoyed during the holidays or as part of a post-holiday “cleanse.” This recipe for homemade granola is full of good-for-you fiber, nuts, seeds, and flavored only with coconut oil and honey. It makes for a light yet filling breakfast, best after a heavy dinner the night before. Or else, use the granola as a topping for ice cream, fruits, or as a snack on its own.

This granola can also be a lovely homemade food gift for the holidays. Just prepare a big batch, place in pretty bottles or jars, and give to your friends and family looking for something good and healthy to munch on. You can also flavor your granola with cinnamon or any preferred spice to complement your fruit pairings.


Breakfast Granola

Serves 6 to 8


  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or craisins


1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Line a baking tray with non-stick parchment paper.

2. Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, and lemon zest on prepared tray. 

3. In a measuring cup, whisk coconut oil, honey, and salt vigorously with a fork to lightly thicken it. Then drizzle over oats, seeds, and nuts. Gently toss with two spoons or a spatula.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and gently toss the oats and nuts to prevent burning. Return to oven and bake at 15-minute intervals, stirring and tossing each time until oats are golden brown. Fold in dried fruits and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.



This recipe first appeared in FOOD Magazine, Issue 3, 2015

Styling by Tina Concepcion Diaz

Photography by Paul Del Rosario