Homemade granola favors add a rustic, down-home touch to a wedding. And they’re easy to make.

There are heaps of granola recipes out there (Allrecipes is a great source!) I chose a simple recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, tweaking it to my liking.


Honey Granola

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

4 cups rolled oats

1 cup chopped nuts (I used cashews and walnuts because I had them on hand. You can also use peanuts, or sliced almonds.)

1 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1/3 cup sesame seeds

1 cup honey (If you don’t like your granola too sweet, cut back on the honey. Don’t like honey? Try maple syrup.)

2/3 cup cooking oil

2/3 cup raisins (these will be added at the end, after the granola has been baked)

Makes three jars.

Dump oats into large mixing bowl.


Add chopped nuts.

Add sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.

Mix well.


Mix together honey and oil.

Add honey mixture to oats mixture and stir.

Spread evenly onto a couple of parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes. When it’s done, remove from oven and immediately turn out onto large piece of foil. It might still be a bit sticky; It will dry as it cools.

Once cooled, break into clumps using a spatula. Add raisins. Spoon into air-tight jars. (I used a funnel so I wouldn’t make a big mess). You can store the granola this way at room temperature for up to two weeks.

If giving as favors, tie a tag with jute around the jar.