Power House Glonola

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 13, 2010

Good evening!

I loved reading what foods you pack in your suitcase! I almost feel normal now. ;) Thank you dear and equally insane blog friends. I will forever be thankful. Because of you, I will hold my head up high in Paris drinking wheatgrass juice and stuffing packets of nut butter down my throat.

I have a delicious recipe to share with you tonight!

It was inspired by this morning’s comments when making this recipe. A few of you mentioned that you like to bring trail mix and granola when traveling and I thought that was a great idea to make some. :)

I decided to whip up some granola with the ingredients I had on hand. I have a granola recipe somewhere on my computer, but I decided to just wing it tonight.


I grabbed pretty much everything I had in the pantry:

  • Oats
  • Almonds
  • Coconut
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Apricots
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Sesame Seeds
  • A sprinkle of love
  • Chia seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • A dash of hope



Awww yea! What a powerhouse of nutrients!

The best part about making granola is that you don’t have to use a recipe! Seriously, don’t be scared. Just follow your heart, use what you have on hand, and taste as you go. Your taste buds will not fail you.


Oh yes I did put chia seeds and cacao nibs up in there!


Eventually you will have the most delicious tasting snack in the world…


Power House Glonola


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seed
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • 2 & 1/4 cups oats
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted


Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except the dried cranberries, apricots, maple syrup, and coconut oil. In a medium sized bowl mix the maple syrup and coconut oil. Dump wet mixture onto dry and stir well. Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir oat mixture all around. Bake for another 10 minutes watching carefully during the last 5 minutes. When you remove from oven, carefully stir in the dried fruit. Makes 5 cups.

Yields twenty 1/4 cup servings.

Nutritional information (per 1/4 cup): 185 kcals, 13 grams fat (healthy fats!), 16 grams carbs, 4 grams fibre, 4 grams protein, 8 grams sugar.

Here’s what I did…but again, this recipe is open to interpretation! Experiment away. Go crazy. Evil witch cackle.

Stir your cauldron mixing all dry ingredients except the dried fruit (you will be mixing this in at the end)…


Now mix the maple syrup and coconut oil in a medium bowl:


And mix baby mix…and say aww yea baby just like Austin Powers.


This is when your taste buds will go to work for you. They will NOT fail you. If it tastes bad at this point you can still save yourself from granola disgrace. You can tailor it to how you want it. I don’t like my granola super sweet, so I find a wet ratio of 2:1 (maple syrup to oil) always works for me.


Spread out onto pan…


Bake for 10 minutes at 400F and then take out and mix all around and bake for another 10 minutes. Watch carefully. The maple syrup burns quickly.

Take deep, deep inhales. Fill your lungs with sweet power house granola. Awwwwwww.


It will be very hard not to eat any when it comes out of the oven. You might burn your tongue in all the excitement. Have an ice cube handy at all times.


Can’t wait for it to cool?

Pour almond milk over top. ;) Problem solved.


The granola was still warm and it got all soft, warm, and fuzzy and the milk got all sweet. Oh gosh, it was pure bliss.


Stay tuned tomorrow for a special breakfast creation. :)

What, to you, is the perfect granola? Have you ever made it? What do you like to put in it or eat it with?

Next time I might try carob powder or even grated dark chocolate. Or chopping a couple apples and baking the apples right into the granola. That would probably be delicious and very Fall-like too.

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Shanna, Like Banana September 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Haha..I was like what the heck is Glonola…having a blonde moment..sorry. I applaud you for making your own! I have yet to try doing it myself.

There is a granola that you can only find in the Midwest and it is soooo tasty and soft yet crunchy and makes the best baking base. I need to find it and horde it since it’s not in Cali ;)


Lauren September 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

This looks absolutely fantastic!


Erin September 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I love that adorable twig spoon — too cute!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Holy granola! That looks fabulous!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Oh yum – this looks amazing :) for me the crunchier the granola the better :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Homemade granola is soo good – it is definitely not one of my specialties, but I will have to play around with it this winter!


stacey-healthylife September 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I love a good crunchy nutty snacky granola.


Bridget September 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I love that spoon of yours. So cute! And I love the idea of an everything but the kitchen sink type of granola. There’s lots of variety in every bite that way.

My ideal granola would be maple flavoured, with dried cranberries, almonds and white chocolate pieces. Yum :)


Kristy @ KristyRuns.com September 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Oh, wow. Looks so good/healthy! It’s open to interpretation, but looks like you created an awesome combo! :)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

This looks incredible! I’ve made granola a few times but always oil free. All I’m looking for is it to be crunchy, chunky, and tasty :) Preferably chocolate or peanut butter ;)


Exercise and Eat September 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Made with “A sprinkle of love” – love it!


Daniel September 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

The best granola I’ve made had buckwheat and a bunch of pumpkin pie spice in it. I love crunch in my granola more than any other aspect, and I’m trying to make granola with as little added sugar as possible. So far I use some applesauce, orange juice and a little bit of honey or syrup and it seems to be working, but it’s still got some tweaking to do.

It goes really well with some yogurt or milk and fresh frozen fruit!


Olya September 14, 2010 at 4:39 am

wow! could you please tell how do you add buckwheat into granola (eg is it buckwheat flour, groats or…?) My hubby doesn’t appreciate bukwheat and I would love to find a way to introduce it into our diet. Thank you.


Daniel September 14, 2010 at 7:22 am

I just put in raw buckwheat groats and bake them along with the oats and nuts. You can do this with millet or quinoa as well!


Tina September 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I love the thought of just mixing up your own unique combination. I have never made my own granola but do mix up my own trail mixes. I love saltier flavors with a hint of sweet.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I make granola all. the. time. It is the easiest bake good because you literally can’t screw it up! I definitely think oil makes a huge difference though–so much crunchier and crispier!


Melissa September 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I think this post stole my heart. Sometimes with the amount of oats that I eat I believe that I am part horse. love love love granola and now “glonola” thanks angela!


Laura @ spokesnoats September 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I love homemade granola. Sesame seeds is definitely my favorite ingredient to put in it. I also like to use hope when winging a recipe :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

What a great idea! I’ve only made my own granola once, and it was a Mama Pea recipe, so of course it was absolutely amazing.

I can’t wait to read about your travels in Paris!


Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Currently, my favorite granola is the Mixed Berry flavor from Trader Joe’s. I also eat Nature’s Path stuff and have been meaning to try the famous Galaxy, but haven’t had the chance yet.

I have really wanted to try making my own, but I always convince myself that it’s hard and mine would not taste good. However, judging from your post, it doesn’t look that hard and it would probably taste fine. I’m just sort of a mediocre cook…I always get scared the first time I try something new. Then once I’ve done it, I smack myself in the forehead and go, “D’oh! That is easier than getting dressed and going to the store!”


Chelsea at Striking Balance September 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Yumm! That looks so good. I love making granola because it is pretty much no fail- even when it doesn’t turn out amazing, it still tastes good. I don’t think there is such a thing as bad granola! I just throw in whatever seeds and nuts I have on hand, add some shredded coconut, some sweetener and oil and throw it in the oven. If I am feeling frisky I’ll throw in some peanut butter too!


Nicole (Picky Nicky) September 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I can almost smell it through the computer :)
Have a fun trip, I’m sure you’ll find plenty to eat there. I’m curious to see what kind of creative french concoctions you come up with!
By the way, do I have a display picture when I comment?? :S


Danielle September 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

That looks great!!

I’m a huge fan of putting granola on my plain or vanilla yogurt – for that nice texture!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

This looks so delicious Angela. I love that you have so many measuring cups and spoons! I thought I had a ton of different ones!

I have never made my own granola, mostly because I didn’t know how, you make it look easy!


Amari @ Eat Chic September 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I LOVE making my own granola! It’s so easy and you can be so creative with it! It’s such a cheap and easy snack – you can easily make with ingredients you already have available in the kitchen and its especially great for traveling! You’re looks amazing!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

oooh I did the same thing on our recent road trip / holiday. I took a big batch of granola with me and used it to top my oatmeal each morning :)


Sarah September 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Yum! That looks divine!

This summer, I was going wild with carob/cacao powder in my granola- it made it seem all the more decadent. My favorite flavor spectrum, however, is to go with a coconut-ginger combo or cherry-ginger.


Laura September 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

My goodness it burns doesn’t it! Last time I made some, my tongue hurt for days afterwards. My perfect granola would have to contain coconut, maple syrup & cinnamon :)


PR_cal September 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I just had store-bought granola for dinner! (was tired from work; bf wasn’t home so didn’t feel like cooking for one; and am slightly under the weather and granola is one of my comfort foods—why I feel I have to justify it I don’t know!!)
Anyways, I wish I’d seen this sooner! I’ll bet it was way tastier than what I had!

Anyone else eat granola for dinner sometimes? :)


Izzy September 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I’ve made granola twice – it was just aiight. I’ve never managed to get those delicious CLUSTERS, a la Nature’s Path/profesh granola. But yours looks so good…I may be tempted to try again!

(Also caught that pinch of love…it’s a good thing when you find that lying around the house ;D)



Karen Bowers September 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm


I love Mark Bittman’s granola recipe. I make it in double batches in my big roasting pan, so it lasts for a little bit. And I even use it for holiday gift giving. It doesn’t “cluster”, but I am happy having a non-clustery granola.

Laura, this recipe contains coconut, maple syrup and cinnamon.


Kennedy @ Running After Balance September 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Wow! That looks incredible — I’ve never been totally inspired to make my own granola until now. Thanks for sharing! And have a spectacular time in Paris!!!


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life September 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I’d have to say that right there looks like some pretty damn good granola! I tried making it once, but it was ages ago…I eat granola almost every day. I don’t know what I’m waiting for?!? Ohhh, maybe I was waiting for this recipe…that must be it. ;)


Cara Craves... September 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I am not picky when it come to granola…I love it all!
Especially if there is loads of cinnamon in it.


polly September 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm


You make some mighty delish granola, honey!

I try to make some at least 2-3 times a week. We are a granola eatin’ fam. I never use a recipe really, just go with the flow like YOU! Loved all your mixins.

Have fun on your trip! I didn’t know you were going to PARIS? I missed that somehow. Heavens, I need to get with the program! :D

Love you hon. Enjoy your evening, and morning of granola! mmm.



Wei-Wei September 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Mmmm. I think I have to do some exploring at home and see what kind of granola I can make! ;D


Laura September 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I need to buy some of these ingredients, my granola would only have oats & sultanas!


[email protected] September 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Making my own granola is something I definitely want to try. I always feel like I don’t have enough ingredients for it though. I guess I need to make a trip to the bulk bin section. Yours looks so amazing.


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I would definitely love to make my own granola sometime. However, I don’t feel as if I have enough of my favorite ingredients to make some. It would definitely be a good Sunday afternoon project.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

That sounds AMAZING!


Faith @ lovelyascharged September 13, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Granola is my absolute fave! I actually just came across a pre-made one @ WalMart (of all places, right?) that’s ridiculously perfect – all natural and the right blend of chewy and crunchy! The only thing missing is the cacao nibs you put in yours :/


Emily September 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Looks delicious and gorgeous all at at the same time. Your recipes lately are really knocking down my defenses against falling for fall…I was totally trying to hold on to summer!


Meredith September 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

The only problem I have with this recipe: How am I going to eat only 1/4 cup of this tasty stuff at a time? I could easily down 2 cups before I even realized I did it!


Melissa @ Delectable Living September 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I love the photos of the ingredients in the measuring spoons!


MoniMeals September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Good Lord! That is some granola! Great pics too. I love my granola I make…w-molasses, coconut, dried berries, with oats, chia seeds, agave, and almonds. Then when I eat it, I eat it like cereal, drentched in almond milk and then the almond milk gets a flavor too as well as turns to a beautiful tan color from the molasses..then I drink that! ( I know I am a dork) I heart Granola, Great recipe!:)


Gillian September 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I think we’re on a similar granola brain wave! I made an ‘energizing fall granola’ this weekend along the same lines–although I think yours could beat mine in a throwdown :)


Stephanie September 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

MMM!!! Yummy!!!! I love how you added the pumpkin spice to it! I can’t wait to make it myself


Waheeda September 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm

This looks really good! I’d like to try it, but I had a question for you…Which brand of maple syrup do you use and where do you buy it? I bought Maple syrup grade A from a grocery store and it tasted awful! Now I’m afraid to purchase it again, so I could really use your advice! Thanks.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2010 at 7:17 am
Jazz September 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Haha I just got up and made this before I got to the end of the post!


Gypsy September 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I bet I’m going to see some delicious VOO topped with crumbled glonola and a drizzle of Angela’s fav: maple syrup :)
have fun in Paris – bring back lots of parisian chocolate >’;'<


Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks so good that I kind of want to make granola at 11:00 at night over here. haha


s September 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I made this tonight (had to sub for a few ingredients I don’t have) and though it’s baking I can tell it will be awesome!


Sava September 14, 2010 at 1:09 am

The granola does look amazing. I have recently developed a particular fondness for granola but have not yet made my own!

And also that spoon that looks like a twig is adorable!!
I need to get some cute dishes!


Beth September 14, 2010 at 1:53 am

Looks yummy!

I like to use a combination of molasses, maple syrup, and honey as my sweetener. I’ve never used coconut oil as the oil before; looking forward to trying that out!

My husband is notorious for picking out all of the nuts as the granola cools. I always remind him about all the nuts in the pantry, and he says, “it’s not the same.”



JL Goes Vegan September 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

I have not made granola, but obviously I should be. I like the warm cereal idea :)


Olya September 14, 2010 at 4:33 am

Colours of your glonola look beautiful! I am not a fan of granola but my husband is ready to eat it for brkfst, dessert and sometimes even dinner! :O
And he wouldn’t settle for any but home-made one. So I make tons of it. I add ground cardamom, ginger and cinnamon to mine.


Cynthia September 14, 2010 at 5:40 am

You have kind of inspired me to make my own granola. I never have before, maybe I have been too intimidated. Thanks for the pointers. That recipe looks awesome. :)


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 14, 2010 at 5:40 am

Beautiful granola! I’ve actually never made any, so I’m not sure what my perfect mix would be. I like pumpkin seeds and cashews, so likely those would be in the mix somewhere <3


Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life September 14, 2010 at 6:47 am

OMG Angela that looks sooooooooo good. AND I LOVE THAT SPOON!!! I’m totally making this tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!


Bee Goes Bananas September 14, 2010 at 7:31 am

I’d like to start making my own granola. That way I know exactly what’s in it and can take out things I don’t like.


Veronique @ Hooked on Health September 14, 2010 at 7:31 am

Wow that looks amazing! I never tried to make my own granola before, but I am inspired now!! I have a ton of medjool dates at home that I was trying to find a use for, and I think I just found it. Dates, Cranberries, Coconut, and almonds. YES! Thank you thank you haha.


Jillian @ Reshape Your Life September 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

You make homemade granola sound so easy!! I’ll definitely have to try this!


Ali September 14, 2010 at 8:39 am

Looks delish! And um, the spoon is just super-duper cute. Love it!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 14, 2010 at 9:51 am

Oh wow, this literally has everything in it! It looks amazing. :D


Samantha Robertson September 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

I seem to have a difficult time finding coconut oil in Memphis. What can I substitute instead?


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Olive oil?


JCap September 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

I LOVE making granola and am fully addicted to the New York Times olive oil granola recipe. It is so delicious and a fabulous mixture of salty and sweet. The recipe is at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/dining/151arex.html?scp=1&sq=olive%20oil%20granola&st=cse and it is life=changingly good!


Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I make my own granola all the time. My last batch was Coconut Nutty Granola with plenty of coconut oil, shredded coconut and for the crunch factor, slivered almonds and walnuts. Extra Yummy!

When I look for granolas to buy, I prefer the flavors that has coconuts included.


DebZ September 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Hey, I made a batch yesterday (including buckwheat groats for the first time) and I over cooked it too! BTW, Heidi (101Cookbooks) has a great recipe (may be in Super Natural Cooking) that includes orange zest – SO GOOD. Highly recommend.


Laurel September 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Very recently I figured out a way to make dried kale chips and I thought I’d share it in case you want to take your ‘green monster’ with you in a fabulous, fun, snacky format to Paris.
Kale Chips:
Puree equal amounts of sunflower seeds (I used salted ones), pumpkin seeds (I used raw) with egg whites (just enough to make a paste similar to that of chunky peanut butter). ‘Paint’ a thin layer of it on your kale leaves with a flexible spatula. Cut the leaves off the stem with a pair of kitchen shears, arrange flat on a non-stick pan or on ‘Slide’ tinfoil. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 10 minutes or until leaves are dried out, but NOT browned at all. I had to watch them carefully as it was easy to over bake and scorch them. Let them cool and dry completely before storing…. these are so amazing they will likely be eaten before you store them — unless you make a huge batch. HONEST :)! You really do need to try this… I also spritzed some with walnut oil and vinegar to make salt and vinegar ‘chips’ and some with pickle juice and walnut oil for dill pickle ‘chips’. The nutty ones were by far the best.


Britt September 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

After reading your granola posts, I know have to make some of my own. It looks delicious!


Scott September 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Granola is my secret weapon when training for long distance races, topped with some light chocolate soy milk….the best.


Amber K September 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I have never made granola because I don’t find it filling for the amount of calories it is. I also hate mixing my foods together. I’ll like everythin gin a trail mix or granola, but still not like it because it has all been mixed together! But they always look beautiful :)


Lauren September 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Well, that looks like the perfect granola to me!! :) I haven’t had granola in…like 3 years?!! What is going on??! I definitely need to whip some up!


Tanya September 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I can almost smell it just by reading your post. That looks amazing! I’ve wanted to make some granola lately and this looks like just the stuff :)


Tamboliya January 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I am really confused…is “glonola” a typo? Is it supposed to read “granola”? If it is supposed to be glonola, what is the difference b/w that and regular granola? I really don’t understand (but I want to learn).


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

Nope it`s not a typo…just a play on words `glow`+ `Granola`:)


Ashley October 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

Really looking forward to trying this out, looks delicious!


Rebecca March 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I just wanted to comment to say that this is my favorite granola recipe. I’ve tried a lot of different recipes, but this is the one I always come back to. Thanks for the Glonola!


Alicia vittone June 27, 2014 at 6:59 am

I just made this for breakfast and we loved it! Specially my husband! It was the first time I was baking granola at home and now I’m never buying any pre-made stuff again! You do need to keep an eye on it, as I almost burned min ;-))). This site is now one of my fave to go places for recipes. Everything I’ve made has been amazingly delicious! Thank you!!


Jen July 28, 2014 at 10:54 pm

What is the best way to store this? It is delicious and amazing right out of the oven…but I want to be sure I store it correctly. Thank you so much!


anna September 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Ahhhhh! I tried this yesterday and it was AMAZING! best granola I’ve had in a long time! I didn’t have any almonds so I put pecans and walnuts in instead and it was so g8od! (Despite the pecans burning a little, but that was bound to happen). I think my favorite thing about it is the pumpkin spice taste…so good!!


Lauren W October 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Put my own spin on this one for a high energy granola to eat before a marathon this morning…it was delicious and kept me going strong all the way through 26.2 miles!! Thank you so much for these amazing recipes that constantly keep me excited about being vegan!


Emily May 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

I made this granola today, and it is AMAZING! So delicious! Personally, it had the perfect sweetness, I would not add any more sweetener to this recipe. Will definitely be making this again!


ashie July 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

OMG, I made this granola last week and it’s gone already. My boyfriend LOVES it! I switched up a few things to avoid a trip to the store. I added some help hearts and cinnamon instead of pumpkin pie spice. It’s so easy to make this recipe your own! :)


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