Health and Wellness

Recipe: Make in the Microwave Granola

I start almost every day with a bowl of cereal. My homemade granola mixed with raisin bran (or whatever other dry cereal we happen to have in the house). I love routine. The biggest recent change for me was having to dispose of my 16 year old mixing bowl that had cooked hundreds of batches (and probably exposed me to untold carcinogens). The recipe:

Greg’s Great Granola

  • Chop 1 cup pecans or walnuts
  • Add 1 cup wheat germ
  • Add 1 cup coconut
  • Add 1 shake of cinnamon (about 1 tsp)
  • Add 1 splash of vanilla (about 1 tsp)
  • Mix all ingredients
  • Mix in half a box of rolled oats (not quick oats). This is about 4 to 7 cups
  • Mix all ingredients
  • Add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • Add 1/2 cup of honey (or 1/2 cup of brown sugar)
  • Mix all ingredients
  • Microwave for 3.5 minutes (times will vary depending on your microwave power)
  • Stir well (to release some heat)
  • Microwave for 3.5 minutes
  • Stir well (to release some more heat)
  • Microwave for 3 minutes
  • Stir really well to release a lot of heat
  • Mix in 1/2 to 1 cup of raisins or other dried fruit (I like craisans)
  • Allow to cool
  • Store in air tight container
  • Serve for breakfast or with yogurt, ice cream, or pudding

Experimentation and variation is highly encouraged. In an air tight bag or container the granola will be good for weeks. I make a fresh batch every seven to ten days because if I am out of granola then I end up crumbling a crunch granola bar into my cereal bowl.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.