Otsego woman’s granola recipe featured in magazine

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

An Otsego woman has had her granola recipe published in the latest issue of the “Taste of Home Simple & Delicious” magazine.

Sabrina Olson's granola recipe is featured in this issue of "Taste of Home Simple & Delicious."
Sabrina Olson’s granola recipe is featured in this issue of “Taste of Home Simple & Delicious.”

Sabrina Olson’s Get-Up-and-Go Granola is featured in the August/September issue.

“My family actually thinks it’s quite hilarious because I don’t cook much,” Olson said with a laugh.

Olson, who teaches band at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, developed the granola recipe last summer.

Her family likes granola but it’s expensive to buy so she experimented to come up with a recipe that her husband, Steve, and kids Savannah, 18; Spencer, 15; and Sophie, 11, would all like.

Sabrina Olson
Sabrina Olson


Olson said people have requested the recipe and her husband has asked her to turn it into a granola bar form.

“People just seem to love it,” she said.

After entering the recipe in a Taste of Home contest, Olson was initially told it had been selected to be in a Taste of Home cookbook. But around March she was notified there wouldn’t be a cookbook after all, and she thought that was the end of it.

Then earlier this month she got an email telling her that her recipe would be in the “Taste of Home Simple & Delicious” magazine.

The magazine includes her recipe and a lead-in that reads: “My family loves to eat this crunchy granola before hiking or biking and on camping trips. It smells delicious in the oven, and you can easily make it in large batches for special occasions, or to pack up as gifts for family and friends.”

Get-Up-and-Go Granola

Makes: 7 1/2 cups


6 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup unblanched almonds, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup flaxseed

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. apple pie spice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, brown sugar and flax. In a microwave-safe dish, whisk oil, honey, maple syrup, pie spice and salt. Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until heated through, stirring once. Stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture; toss to coat.

2. Spread evenly in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Store in an airtight container.

Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.