Homemade Kalamazoo Granola

final granola looking real yummy

Homemade granola is so yummy and really easy to make! This version comes from Melissa’s hometown, Kalamazoo, Michigan. What does that mean? Well, there are dried cherries in the mix. Did you know Michigan is the leader in the US for producing tart cherries? Michigan cherries are so yummy and make this recipe POP!

As you get ready to make it, remember this recipe is flexible. Your rule to follow is to bake the oats, oils and nuts. All the other fun things you throw in there do it after everything is cool. You can throw in really anything from other dried fruits to cocoa nibs.

When you’re ready to eat, you have so many options! Granola plus yogurt is the perfect snack. We love it because it combines foods that fill us up and taste delicious. Hope you love this recipe! 


  • Mixing bowl
  • Big spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Baking pan
  • Airtight container for storage


  • ¼ cup canola Oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coarsely almonds (or any chopped nuts, Melissa uses walnuts)
  • 1 cup dried cherries (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (or sweetened- whatever)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Get the ingredients ready

Round up what you need! Feel free to experiment. This recipe usually comes out different each time you make it!


granola ingredients

Wash hands

20+ seconds. Happy birthday twice.

Water and soap.


Preheat oven to 325 F Degrees

Turn on that oven, baby!

Oven with tea towel

Make the base

Add the oats, nuts honey, maple syrup, oil and salt into the bowl.

measuring honey into bowl

Make the base

Add the oats, nuts honey, maple syrup and salt into the bowl.


mix up the granola
mixed in a bowl ready to bake

Spread out the oats on a baking pan and bake for 45 mins

Take it out of the oven every 10 minutes to mix it up. 

For extra clumps, mix it every 20 mins.

When it is golden brown, it’s ready!


granola on the pan ready for the oven

Cool it down

Mix in the other stuff!

When it’s cool, mix in all the other goodies like dried cherries, coconut and chocolate chips.

This can store in an airtight container for 2 weeks. 


final granola looking real yummy