#1 Breakfast Mistake + Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

You’re on a mission…

You’re gonna feed your family healthier foods, starting with breakfast.

You march into the grocery store—aim for the breakfast cereal aisle—pick up a box of granola.

STOP—don’t go any further!

Watch the video to see why. (Warning—lots of bloopers in this one. Apparently, not my best day 😉 )

Video Transcript

Today we’re making Healthy Homemade Granola!

Mariah here from mariahdolan.com, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in, and today I’m sharing a recipe with you from my book “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Lasting Health and Weight Loss:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Losing Weight While Feeding Your Family Whole Foods They’ll Actually Eat”, and it’s Healthy Homemade Granola…

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to eat healthier is they switch out their sugar-laden cereal for granola.

The problem is, store bought granola has just as much sugar if not MORE than other sugar coated cereals.

For example:

This box of granola has 14 grams of sugar in a ½  cup serving size compared to this box of fruity pebbles which has 9 grams of sugar in ¾ cup serving size.

So the granola has more sugar and a smaller serving size than the fruity pebbles.

And let’s face it. My 3 year old eats more than a ½ cup serving at a time.

Lets just skip the boxed cereal altogether and make your own granola. I’ll list all the ingredients below this video.

Start with 8 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats and add 3 cups of gluten-free oat bran.  If you can’t find oat bran just add 2 more cups of oats.

Then add one cup of sunflower seeds.

Then take 1 ¼ cup each of your three favorite nuts and grind them up in a food processor.

I usually use almonds, cashews and walnuts since I buy those in bulk, but you can use whatever you’d like.

Add the nuts to the rest and give it a good stir.

Now we’re going to stir together Himalayan salt, maple syrup, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla into a saucepan.  You want to bring this to a boil over medium heat, then pour over dry ingredients and mix it up really well.

Then you’re going to spread the mixture out evenly onto two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, then stir it up, and bake for 10 minutes more.

Let it cool completely, then add the dried cranberries and mix it up well, and store it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy Homemade Granola

gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan

By Mariah Dolan

Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy homemade granola your kids are sure to love!


  • 8 cups rolled oats*
  • 3 cups gluten-free oat bran**
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan salt
  • 2 cups raisins or dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the oats, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine all remaining ingredients (except raisins/dried cranberries.) Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat.
  4. Spread mixture evenly onto baking sheets.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir once halfway through.
  6. Cool completely, then stir in raisins or cranberries before storing in an airtight container.


*Oats are gluten-free, but are contaminated in the shipping/handling process. If you have a gluten intolerance, make sure to buy gluten-free oats.

**If you can't find oat bran, add 2 more cups of oats.

Feel free to use any type of nuts you like. I usually use almonds, walnuts and cashews because I buy those in bulk—but you could also use pecans, pepitas, etc. The sky's the limit!


What’s YOUR favorite healthy breakfast? Let me know in the comments below.  

Cheers to your health,


  1. Cameron

    I love it that you are running out of your favorite ingredients. Made me giggle with since I can relate to that… and I only have 1 kiddo! Also, my hubby makes an awesome “pale” all nut, seed, coconut, dates granola which I like, but I think it’s got enough calories to last me a whole week!

    • Mariah Dolan


      It seems like I’m always running out of ingredients. The problem is, I run out of them one at a time! I wish I would run out all together, because I order once a month from a food co-op in Washington.

      Your hubby’s recipe sounds de-LISH!

  2. Kari

    Love your recipe! Been using one that takes forever to bake…kind of a deterent to frequent use. Thanks.

  3. Natalie

    Loved the video!
    Do you know the nutritional info per serving for this recipe?

    • Mariah Dolan


      I’m so sorry I don’t. (I don’t ever count calories or carb/protein/fat grams.)

      Based on the ingredients, it’s high in calories and fats from all the nuts and seeds. So this isn’t a recipe I would recommend for someone trying to lose weight—I’d save it for more of a treat breakfast on weekends. It’s great for growing kids who want (need!) those extra calories. My four kids devour it.

      I hope that helps a little bit 🙂

  4. Kristen

    Love the video! I’ll have to try it… Lenny raves about his mom’s homemade granola so maybe he isn’t so picky after all; just need to find stuff he likes! We do a lot of fresh fruit, yogurt & toast for breakfast here.

    • Mariah Dolan

      Glad you liked the video, Kristen!

      And you’re right. With kids, you just have to keep trying things—nothing wrong with fruit, yogurt and toast.

      Luckily all my kids love this granola, so it’s a major score for Mama Dolan!

  5. Kelly

    Fantastic Granola Recipe; I halved it and it still came out great proportions. Yay for curly-haired physical therapists 😉

    • Mariah Dolan


      I’m so happy to hear it came out nicely for you!

      And thanks for cheering on the curly-haired physical therapist, lol! Are you in the medical field as well?



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