From Our Kitchen to Yours

Recipes to Try: Homemade Granola

A Recipe from The Oakwood Inn Okoboji

Taste your way through the excellent kitchens at our member inns with recipes to make at home. Be transported with a bite of homemade granola. At The Oakwood Inn Okoboji in Spirit Lake, Iowa, innkeeper Bridget Johnson whips up dishes with a story behind every bite. Of her many fanciful flavors, none are more famous than her homemade crunchy granola, which landed a grand champion ribbon at the county fair when she was just 9 years old! 

Homemade granola recipe


  • 12 cups regular oatmeal
  • 2 cups bran cereal
  • 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Heat the oven to 250 degrees.
  • Mix the oatmeal, bran cereal, almonds, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds together in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the oil, honey, vanilla, and salt together.
  • Once mixed well, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine.
  • When all ingredients are well mixed, spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven. Stir every 15 minutes until toasted.
  • Take the granola out of the oven and let it cool completely. Then, break apart the granola to your desired chunkiness.

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