Kitchen Sink Granola

Granola . . . what's not to love.  Whether you like nuts and berries, to coconut and chocolate; granola can easily please a wide variety of tastes.

The possibilities with granola are pratically endless.  Yesterday was the first time in a very long time that I had made granola, so I threw in so much goodness, almost the kitchen sink went in ;)

I like a wide variety of flavors, my oldest son does as well.  When he sampled the granola yesterday he ate out of what he liked the best and left me the remaining oats (stinker). 

Granola is great in yogurt, with milk or just by the handful ; it doesn't last long in my house and I'm sure it won't in yours either.

On to the recipe

Kitchen Sink Granola

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 35-40 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit



4 cups regular rolled oats

1 cup chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans

1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)

1/2 cup roasted/salted sunflower seeds

3/4 cup milk chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli) 

Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Baking Chips (33 oz.)

1-2 tbsp golden flaxseed

3/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins)

Ocean Spray Craisins Sweetened Dried Cranberries - 48 oz (3 Pounds)

1/4 cup cut dried apricots (optional)

2 tbsp vegetable oil + 1/2 tbsp for greasing parchment paper

1.5 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Trader Joe's 100% Pure Maple Syrup - U.s. Grade A

1/4 cup local honey


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Lightly grease 2 parchment paper lined cookie pans with vegetable or coconut oil.

3. In a medium bowl; combine oats, chopped nuts, shredded coconut (if desired), chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried fruits, and flaxseed.

4. Measure out honey, maple syrup and oils, dump into oat mixture ingredients; using gloved hands or a spoon mix all together till coated evenly.

5. Spread oat mixture between two prepared cookie pans. *sprinkle with cinnamon before baking for some extra flavor*

6. Bake in a 300 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until light brown; stirring every 15 minutes or so.

7. Once granola is light brown, remove pans from oven and spread hot granola on a piece of foil or parchment paper to cool. 

Reynolds Kitchens Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper (Non-Stick, 22 Sheets)

8. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or in freezer bags and in freezer for up to 2 months.


So much amazing goodness on this cookie pan.  

If you would like to place an order for granola, prices start at $12/pound or any other item I offer - please email me at  

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