Make the Bread, Buy the Butter Granola

Make the Bread, Buy The Butter — Best Granola Recipe Ever

I have a long list of favorite granola recipes and recently added one more.  It’s from Jennifer Reese’s book, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn’t!) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money.

Make the  Bread, Buy the Butter

For me, this book falls into the very special category of “books that get lost between the kitchen and nightstand”.  It’s so practical that I actually use it, but it’s also entertaining enough to read at night before bed.  Jennifer’s writing style and stories (my favorite is the one about raising urban chickens) are thoughtful and funny; and based on all the research she did to determine which recipes were really worth making, I’d trust her opinion on just about anything kitchen related.  Hence, this granola recipe.


As much as I love the book, I didn’t need much convincing that homemade granola is better than store bought.  It’s a lot less expensive, you can customize your flavors, and it’s simple enough for a kid to make.

Fuzz taste testing the granola

This recipe is particularly good because the measurements are easy to remember, it only requires one bowl, and it’s baked at a slow and low 250 degrees F. You don’t even have to stir!  It’s also a richer, nuttier, granola worthy of gift giving, which is why Fuzz is going to bag it up and give it to her teachers for the holidays.

Kraft Sack

Now all we need are some cute labels!

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An easy no-stir granola recipe that is perfect for gift giving.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds (I used a mixture of walnuts and pecans)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or 2 T. butter and 2 T. oil)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients and spread on a cookie sheet. I like to line my sheet with nonstick foil.
  3. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. No need to stir! Reese says you’ll know when it’s done because it will be crunchy and golden.
  4. Remove from the oven, break apart any large clumps, and cool. Store in plastic bag or 2-quart jar. I am storing it in freezer bags and freezing it until next week, at which point I will divide it up for teachers.
If you're using regular table salt you might want to reduce it to a about 3/8 teaspoon. If you don't want to use too much maple syrup, you can use half maple syrup and half honey. I always incorporate the honey when I make this.


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  1. Darlene says

    Mmmmm, that looks delicious (nice and clumpy!) & I especially like the bags with the windows. Any suggestions for a substitute for the coconut, since my sons aren’t fond of the texture?

  2. CindyD says

    You’re right about the book! If it was out in paperback I would recommend it to my book groups.

  3. Kathy says

    I made something very similar recently using walnuts, pecans, and almonds and eliminating the coconut, and it turned out very well. Is that a handknit sweater Fuzz is wearing?

  4. Dee says

    Do you think you could use all oil & no butter – making it vegan? I was thinking of using coconut oil. Looks like a great recipe!

  5. says

    Darlene, you can definitely make it without the coconut.

    Cindy, my copy is paperback.

    Kathy, thanks for asking! But no, it’s a ratty old sweater from the clearance aisle at Target. She loves it.

    Dee, I’m positive coconut oil would be fine.

    Sue, there’s one way to find out….

  6. C L says

    The granola looks delicious. My friends will love this! I’m always on the lookout for a quicker, easier granola recipe. 🙂 Also, that book sounds pretty good. I’ll have to see if the local library has a copy. It sounds like I have been an “urban homesteader” all along LOL 🙂

  7. says

    What an adorable, yet professional-looking gift! That book is on my ‘must read’ list. I can’t get over how grown-up your daughter looks in that photograph!

  8. says

    Love granola, homemade! (you know). Just made some yesterday and will be making two more flavors tomorrow to give as a gift to a friend. Sounds like a great book.

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