January 15, 2011


Today, I'm pleased to introduce a fabulous recipe for homemade GRANOLA from my friend CK of Made By Bedtime Tales

I always feel inspired after visiting her creative and whimsical blog that she co-authors with her sister Becka.  A while ago, CK posted a recipe for Granola (one of my very favorite breakfast foods), and I asked if she'd be willing to share it with my readers in a guest post at Rook No. 17. 

Yesterday, my girls and I made a big batch of CK's delicious (and easy to make) granola. Just for fun, I decided to do some creative packaging to share the granola with friends and family.  

I used cans that had been opened with a "safety can opener".  I sterilized the cans and lids, then wrapped them in a strip of scrapbook paper.  I customized a cheeky little label:  "Can-O-La Granola" (because it's in a can, and is also made with canola oil -- tee hee!).  I also created an ingredients label to glue to the back.  

Next, I put a single-bowl serving of granola in a twist-tied cellophane bag inside the can.   The final touch was wrapping a ribbon around the can and affixing both ends to the top of the can with a sticker.  If you enjoy granola -- as a breakfast cereal, sprinkled on top of a yogurt parfait, or as a crumb topping on muffins -- you've got to try CK's recipe!  If you'd like to make your own "Can-O-La Granola" you can download my labels for FREE right here:.


One note:  as CK mentions, she likes her Granola "chewy".  I prefer mine "crunchy".  So, the only thing I did differently than CK's recipe was the baking.  Instead of two 8 minute intervals, I did 10 minute intervals.  Then, I turned the oven off and let the granola sit in the oven for an additional 30 minutes (with the door closed).  

And now, I give you, CK:


Hi there! CK here. I'd just like to introduce everyone here at Rook No. 17 to my homemade granola recipe. I must admit that this recipe did not originate in my head. I have a copy of the original tucked away somewhere but I have changed the recipe so many times and know it "my way" all by heart so I guess I can consider it mine. I really love this granola and so does my husband. It is a favorite breakfast, snack and desert item at our house! Enjoy!

Homemade, sweet, delicious goodness!  Addicting?  I THINK SO!!!
Here's what you need:

Dry Ingredients
5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup almonds, slivered 
(or another kind of nut you love)
1 cup flax seeds 1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup raisins or craisins 
(I like to use dried cherries as well)

Wet Ingredients
1 1/4 cup honey
1 cup olive or canola oil
(whichever you prefer)
1 tsp real vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the dried ingredients in a large bowl.
The kids can help!

Warm the wet ingredients in the microwave until really warm 
(about 1 min)

Pour liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until it is all moist.
Spread on to 2 cookie sheets.  
If you have a baking mat, this is a good time to use it.
Bake for 8 minutes.  Open the oven and stir the granola around with a rubber spatula.
Bake for another 8 minutes.
Pull it out of the oven when golden brown.
I like my granola chewy.  If you want a more crispy, flaky granola, bake it for longer.
That's it!

I like to store all this granola in a great big Tupperware bowl on the counter.
We eat it for snacks or in a bowl with milk for breakfast.
Love it!


  1. That looks really tasty - and I love your packaging :)

  2. Oh my gosh, Jenn, are you SERIOUS?????? Wow. You made such a creative little container I will HAVE to make some for friends. What a smart idea. I'm so excited to try it, I feel like the recipe was made anew for me ;)


  3. Sounds really good! Can't wait to try it myself!

  4. Your packaging is adorable! You've made me wish I hadn't gotten rid of my "safe" can opener (kept forgetting about it and using the regular one).

    The granola looks delicious! I'd like to try a batch of crunchy and a batch of chewy.

  5. Jen, how yummy! Have you ever bought empty pain cans at Home Depot? They work great, too! I am having a Sweet Treat linky party today if you would like to link up! You are so creative. I love it! AND you used one of my favorite fonts!!!

  6. Looks SO good. I grew up on that stuff. My mom made batch after batch! Really cute way to give it away...very creative.

  7. That is the most precious packaging in the world. How long does it stay good for? I'd like to make it for Ben's breakfasts.

  8. Your packaging is just lovely! Makes you really want to eat granola!! You should work for a big food firm designing packaging. This reminds me of the 70's when I was in my twenties, a young mom and making granola, macrame, and tye-dyed shirts!

  9. Hi! Visiting from SITS. Great project - thanks.

  10. I have been hunting for a homemade granola recipe and am SO anxious to try this. And the adorable way you packaged this? TOO cute!!!


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