Saturday Night Special – GiGi’s Granola

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I know that granola is totally not sexy.  I also know that it’s Saturday night, which makes granola even less sexy, so I’m going to keep this short and get to the point.




GiGi recently posted about food (prepackaged) you think is good for you, but when you dive deep and check out the ingredients they’re packed with sugar and loaded with calories.




Now, I’m not hating on the cheesecake or anything, but sometimes you have to lighten things up or you could blow a button.  This lead to a discussion of sorts between GiGi and me about whether I have a recipe for homemade granola.





So, not necessarily a challenge, but maybe more in the spirit of a fun request, I have gone to the kitchen to throw together come up with a granola recipe that is healthy, delicious, and low in added sugar.  This granola is not sweet and has no added sugar, but if you need that in your life add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar, stevia, or more honey.




Here you go, girlfriend.




  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 225
  2. Combine oats, cranberries, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl
  3. Combine honey and maple syrup in a small bowl
  4. Pour honey/maple syrup mixture over oat and nut mixture and stir until well coated
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the granola mix in an even layer about 1/2 inch thick, and press it with the back of a spoon or spatula
  6. Bake for about 1 hour then let cool slightly
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29 Responses to Saturday Night Special – GiGi’s Granola

  1. Okay, so I totally agree that granola is not the most sexy food on the planet. But, I adore both you and Gigi AND the good hearted spirt of this post. If any two chick’s can bring the sexy back… (or to in the first place)…granola, it would be the two of you! I’m going to have to try making this♡ Because I do like granola. So, I should probably be skipping the store bought option and making it myself. Thanks for sharing!

  2. YES GIRL YES! I approve this message! 😉 Just as long as you don’t eat ALL the granola in one sitting – ha ha, which can EASILY be done on a Saturday night… Or any time of the day or week! LOL! So addicting.

    I am beyond thrilled you made your own though! Look at all the ingredients that are PRONOUNCEABLE and we know what they are! LOL!

  3. I heard somewhere that all food bloggers must have a granola recipe. It’s like an unspoken requirement. I try to always keep granola around here for topping our morning yogurt, but I’ve actually never posted a granola recipe. Go figure. I love this version…and I love it even more because it got GiGi’s stamp of approval. 🙂 Hope you had an awesome weekend!

    • Thanks David. I did have an awesome weekend and did some brewing! And since there is this requirement to have a granola recipe, it’s a good thing GiGi prompted me to do it!

    • I think I need to actually create a STAMP that says GIGI APPROVED on it! ah ha ha! or a branding tool and I could put it on all the meat I cook – bah ha ah ah!! My birthday is coming up… Hmmm, perhaps a gift to myself 😉

  4. I also like this version however I am not a fan of maple syrup, really not liking it at all. Any suggestion for a substitute?

  5. This homemade granola looks soooooo good!!! Love that it is low in sugar because I am a granola addict!

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