Sunflower-Sesame Seed Granola

I enjoy making homemade granola and trying new variations on it. I found this old recipe in my recipe file recently and updated it a little. This Sunflower-Sesame Seed Granola is great for this autumn time of year. It’s sweetened with honey and maple syrup, and spiced with some cinnamon and cloves, which give it a nice Fall flavor!

Granola is so easy to make and I especially love making it on chilly mornings—it warms up the kitchen so nicely! And once you’ve made homemade granola, it’s hard to go back to the store-bought kind—there’s nothing like homemade!

Sunflower-Sesame Seed Granola

  • Servings: 18 1/2 cup servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Makes about 9 cups

5 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/3 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
1 1/3 cups chopped or sliced almonds
1 cup raw sunflower kernels (or use roasted kernels but add them to the mixture after baking)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup canola oil or light olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Adjust oven rack to middle of oven. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a 13 x 18″ rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside (or use two rimmed 10 x 15″ cookie sheets).

In a very large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, sunflower kernels, sesame seeds, and wheat germ.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together the oil, honey, and maple syrup; heat in microwave for 30 to 40 seconds, then stir until well-blended. Add in the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and stir well (also stir in salt, if using).

Pour honey-maple mixture over the oat mixture in the large bowl. Stir to coat evenly, then spread mixture in an even layer on lined baking sheet(s).

Bake at 325˚F for 20 minutes; remove from oven, stir mixture (so it will bake evenly), then return to oven for another 20 minutes–for a total baking time of 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let granola cool. After cooling, stir granola to break up any large clumps. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

NOTE: This is a slightly sweet granola, so if you like your granola sweeter, you can add 1/4 cup brown sugar to the maple-honey mixture.

Recipe from NancyC |

Do you ever make your own homemade granola? Do you have a favorite flavor?

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8 thoughts on “Sunflower-Sesame Seed Granola

  1. Jhuls

    This granola sounds fantastic! I love anything with oats and maple syrup and nuts!! Yum!! Thank you so much for bringing to this week’s Fiesta Friday party!


  2. Miz Helen

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,506. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen



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