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!

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