Easy Homemade Granola Recipe from 1969

My kids–my teenage son especially–is suddenly obsessed with granola. He eats it as cereal, puts it in his yogurt, and keeps it in little containers for emergency snacks.

After going through about 100 bags that cost $5-$8 each, I realized we need an easy homemade granola recipe I can make in bulk. I consulted my brilliant Aunt Carla who is the best baker and cook in the family.

She gave me her mother’s recipe from 1969! Talk about tried and true. This is the BEST recipe for granola.

Easy Homemade Granola Recipe from my aunt's mom from 1969. So good! Granola Recipe Homemade

Easy Homemade Granola Recipe

This easy homemade granola recipe can be tweaked to your preferences. Add in chocolate candies and some more dried fruit, and you’ve got the perfect trail mix!

Portion it into baggies for hikes or other family adventures where snacks are needed. The crunchy goodness will most definitely be added to our list of road trip essentials.

Homemade granola in gift tins

How to Make your Own Granola Recipe


  • 8 cups old fashioned oats (NOT quick cook)
  • 4 cups wheat germ
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 14 oz package coconut
  • 1 12 oz package Craisins
  • Nuts (1 small package pecans + 1 package chopped walnuts) or whatever your preference but in total it’s about 16 oz of nuts
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • parchment paper


  1. Preheat oven to 275º.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, cinnamon, coconut, Craisins, nuts, and salt.
  3. In a medium nonstick saucepan, combine the milk, honey, oil and heat until warm.
  4. Once warmed, pour over oat/nut mixture and stir until evenly mixed.
  5. Pour the mixture onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and bake at 275º for 30 minutes stirring the granola half way through baking.
  6. Store in a covered container or portion into fun little boxes and give as gifts.

These adorable little tin favor boxes would make the perfect gift for dads, husbands, and anyone who works in the construction field. Our dad (and uncles and grandpa) work with sheet metal every day, so I think we’ll drop off a bunch of these as cute–but manly–Valentine’s Day gift boxes.

Granola in sheet metal tins for gifts

Use your granola for parfaits, cereal, put it in yogurt, ice cream, or just eat it by the handfuls! I love it with fresh berries too.

Gift tin filled with homemade granola

As you can see this is a recipe that’s been passed along and perfected by the talented women in my Aunt Carla’s family. As much as I don’t like to mess with perfection, there are many other items one could toss into this granola recipe.

Organic chia seeds and unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds are a few we plan to try next time. It’s a recipe to have fun with and mix up to make your own.

The next time you need a nutrient dense snack idea, try this granola recipe homemade and modify it to your liking.

Old granola recipe from 1969!

Want your granola in bar form? Try these homemade cherry chocolate chip granola bars!

What would you eat with this easy homemade granola recipe?

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  1. The best part of this post is the picture of the original handwritten recipe. What a treasure! Even more so because the recipe is such a good one. I’ve pinned it and plan to make it as soon as I can gather all of the ingredients. Thanks!

  2. This looks amazing. I am a huge fan of wheat germ and I bet it would be so yummy in this. I will be making soon. thanks for the recipe.

  3. Excited to try this recipe out. I’ve never had wheat germ before. How wonderful your aunt held on to this recipe for so many years!

  4. This sounds great, I would have to omit the nuts as all my boys are allergic but the rest sounds great! I would love to try some on some yogurt and I could see just grabbing a bag on the go for travel or an everyday snack.

  5. I love making granola. I like the looks of this recipe and will make it next week. Great to top yogurt and ice cream.

  6. Ha, ha , ha – that’s why we hippies were called ‘crunchy’ – yes i am old enough to have done this the first time arund. I still make granola – very similar only now I use coconut oil.

      1. Hahah! Crunchy!
        Margot, there is a link to the tins in the middle of the post. 🙂 Simply click the “get it here” button under the picture of them. 🙂

  7. This is such good healthy granola that I want to make and have for breakfast with the family. it is easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thats a great recipe and one that I am sure was tweaked to make it even better. I remember eating granola when young… it was good and actually stretched a budget. People think granola is a new thing, and it really isnt. Yours looks and sounds delicious and a lot like the kind we ate!

  9. I looked at the title and thought, that’s not too old. Then I realized that it is almost 50 years ago. WHAT???

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