Mom’s 9 Grain Granola

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My mom is one of the most beautiful women I know. Beyond her beauty though is a woman who knows how to work. She’s always moving, creating and inspiring. She’s an educated artist, a mother of nine, a teacher, an industrious woman who knows how to grow fields of wheat, make quilts and knit funny slippers for all her grand-kids. Β She taught me how to cook and gave me my love of vegetables. Even in Elementary School I loved spinach when all the other kids hated it.

momandmeMy mom and I in 1995

She’s been sharing some recipes with me that lately I thought you might enjoy. This granola is really special, it is packed with nuts and seeds and is chock full of goodness! It makes for an amazing breakfast start or as a “broken cookie” snack right out of the jar.

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Mom’s 9 Grain Granola

  • 2.5 C. rolled 9 grain cereal (or rolled oats if you can’t find it)
  • 1/4 C. wheat germ
  • 1/4 C. flax seed meal
  • 2 C. shaved coconut (not the itty bitty pieces)
  • 2 T. quinoa
  • 2 T. millet
  • 1/2 C. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 C. raw cashews
  • 1/4 C. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 C. pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 C. sliced almonds
  • 1/2 C. pecans
  • 1/2 C. walnuts
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1/2 C. raw sugar
  • 2 T. agave (vegan version, mom uses honey)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup or unsulphered molasses
  • 1 T. mexican vanilla
  • 1/4 C. coconut oil
  • 1 t. sea sat
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon


Method:Β Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the 1st 13 ingredients (9 grain cereal through to walnuts) and set aside. Combine the last 9 ingredients (water through to cinnamon) a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat on the stove top just until sugar has dissolved. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is well coated. Pour the mixture onto your largest rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven, let granola cool completely on the baking sheet. Once cooled break into big pieces and store in glass jars (This nearly fills 3 quart sized jars).

BakedBaked Granola

PlainBroken into pieces

Serve with non-dairy milk (mom says cow’s milk smells just like cow’s breath). Sliced fresh, frozen or dried fruit is also a nice addition.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. I’ll be celebrating the Holidays with my parents at their home in the woods and taking a little blogging break. I’ll touch base with you in a week or so. Β -Love, Somer



  1. That’s a lot of amazing ingredients for granola! I love all the nuts and flavors going on, especially the Mexican vanilla! Never had that before. This seriously sounds so delicious and hearty! My favorite granola is chocolate cinnamon! Merry Christmas!!

    1. Oh my, Mexican vanilla is incredible. My parents have a beach home down there and they always bring me back the best stuff! I think chocolate and cinnamon is a fantastic combination for Granola. Happy Christmas to you and yours too πŸ™‚

      1. Can I get the Mexican vanilla here you think like at whole foods? I’ve never seen it and am intrigued. I’d love to try it. I use Madagascar bourbon vanilla a lot which is AMAZING but never Mexican yet. I also love this 9 grain cereal…where do you get that…what brand? I have so many recipes of yours on my “to make” list! This, the grasshopper brookies and the ranch!
        Yes, you gotta try chocolate cinnamon granola sometime…yummy! I have the recipe on my site πŸ™‚

        1. Obviously you can use the Madagascar Vanilla, which is very nice. You might be able to find it at whole foods, even Walmart sometimes carries Mexican Vanilla in the aisle where they have other latino/hispanic products.

          I bought my 9 grain cereal in bulk at my local health food store. I think bob’s and other brands carry a 5 or 6 grain mix. Just look at whole foods πŸ™‚

          I’ll check out your recipe! xx

      2. Oh, and I also love that yours looks like a clumped together granola. Mine is more of the loose crumbly type. I need to make another version that’s more clumped or just simply add some molasses I guess πŸ™‚

        1. I think the clumping together comes from my mom’s sugary glaze. I used to think that raw sugar was too refined, but it’s not as refined as agave, which is interesting to me. Also leaving it on the baking sheet to cool first makes for crispy crunchy bunches.

  2. Your mom is stunning! You speak of her in such glowing terms. She sounds like a really special lady. This granola looks delicious & hearty! I’ve never made my own before.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

    1. I can’t express it all in words, but she is truly lovely inside and out. Cadry, you’ve gotta make granola! I’d wager you all ready have most of the things you need to make this in your pantry. It’s such a special treat and a nice change for breakfast, this one is lightly sweet and light on the oil too. Merry Christmas my dear. Grateful for all my blogging friends this time of year. xx

    1. I love it too and it’s been ages since I’ve made any. This is a really good one! It’s great that you can make granola so many different ways and have it turn out well every time!

  3. Thank you Somer, how generous and gorgeous of you.
    I grew up on a ranch/farm where my mother thought nothing of growing a half acre of tomatoes for her summer canning. She did her wash with an old wringer washer using homemade laundry soap. She hung her wash on a close line in the back yard under giant lilacs that gave off a sent I can still smell today. She didn’t do these things because she had to, but because she loved to. Yet, she looked more like ‘Marilyn’ than a ‘Prudence Mae’.

    We knew nothing about granola or rolled nine grain in those days and only ate rolled oats. I started making granola by using a recipe, but didn’t like it much, so made-up my own with grains, nuts and seeds that we like to eat.

    Somer has transcended anything she ever learned at home and has become our extremely stunning homemaker and food guru. She amazes me everyday how she single handed created this blog for all of us. Thank you.

    I love it. I feel our daughters can be our best friends and allies. They know so much more and have done more with their lives than we ever did. mum

    1. Grandma Prudy was always so beautiful. I remember you telling me about her lilac tree, every time I smell lilacs it makes me think of her as well. Thanks for being my best friend mom. Can’t wait to be with you for Christmas. xoxo

  4. This looks totally amazing and it is filled with nutrition…I am definitely going to make this for myself and all of my kids (grown up but coming home for Christmas πŸ™‚ I’m sure they will love it too. Thank you!

    1. Aren’t they? πŸ™‚ I’m sure you’ll get to meet them. Too bad your holiday travels aren’t in route with ours, you could pop in πŸ™‚ Hope you get to enjoy your downtime with Kel and that your getaway is relaxing and healing. Much love. xx

  5. Thankyou for sharing your mums recipe for granola. It looks packed full of goodness and something to get your heart started in the mornings when you really have to get up and go. Cheers for sharing, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far with your parents πŸ™‚

    1. I hadn’t made granola in ages until I made this. Totally missing out, I forgot how much I love it. Hope you had a lovely Christmas. I took over a week off. Time to get reading the blogs! πŸ™‚

  6. Can’t go wrong making your own granola. I hadn’t thought of using agave nectar instead of honey! I’ll try that next batch. I’ll have to plan better next Christmas — granola (along with our usual cranberry jelly) in jars would make extraordinary homemade gifts.

    Your mother is stunning. Can see where you get your beauty.

  7. What a lovely granola recipe and tribute to your beautiful mother! And I LOVE the skirt you were wearing in 1995 you hippy Girl!

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