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Posted on July 31, 2018 by Christine Crosby in Grandma Fran, GRANOLA, healthy

Grandma Fran’s Homemade Healthy Granola aka Magic Granola

Grandma Fran’s Homemade Healthy Granola aka Magic Granola (that’s what our two youngest grandgirls call it)

My friend, Fran from New Paltz, NY was visiting us in Florida last year. One morning she shared some granola that she had just made. My husband and I have been hooked ever since.

When we travel, we bring our own granola and when we share it, I’m asked for the recipe.



8 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1 cup granulated stevia The original recipe calls for sugar, but we all know how bad sugar is for us so we substitute with stevia). Some folks don’t sweeten it at all.

2/3 cup water

2 tbs vanilla

1 tsp salt

1 cup unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup walnuts, cashews or sunflower seeds, or any nuts you like (the more the merrier and healthier)

1 cup dried cranberries or raisins or other dried fruit


To make this super easy, I use an aluminum foil baking pan to mix, bake and store

Mix together the coconut, nuts, and oats

Springle in Stevia

Add the vanilla and salt to the water and mix well into the oats and nuts mixture

Cook at 275 degrees for 45 minutes

Remove from oven

Add dried fruit – Mix well

Cover and store or put into storage bags for sharing and easy access


My husband puts 1/2 cup of granola in a bowl then he adds a 1/4 cup fat-free natural yogurt, He adds about a 1/2 – 1 cup of berries/fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, apple, bananas) whatever we have. He tops with shaved fresh ginger and a couple of generous sprinkles of cinnamon.

He then pours in a little almond milk

This is so delicious you will feel like you’re eating dessert, but it’s so good for you!


For more recipes:

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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