4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup vegetable oil 

1/2 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup raisins

*Special Note:
Do not give honey to children under 12 months of age - they are at risk of infant botulism, which is a rare but serious form of food poisoning.

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon. 
  3. Put the vegetable oil and honey in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir together. Heat on medium heat in a microwave oven for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir again. 
  4. Pour the oil, honey, and vanilla into the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. (Don't add the raisins yet!)
  5. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake at 325 °F for 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove from oven and stir well. 
  7. Bake for 10 more minutes. 
  8. Stir again and bake until the granola is light brown. 
  9. Take the cooked granola out of the oven. After it cools, stir in the raisins. 
  10. Store in a sealed container. 
  • If you don't have a microwave oven, stir the oil, honey, and vanilla together without heating them up. Then add them to the dry ingredients. 
Nutrition Facts: 

Serving size:  1/2 cup 

Calories: 280

Fruits and Vegetables: 0 cups

Fat: 13 g

Fiber: 4 g

Sodium: 0 mg

This material was developed by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.

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