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Simple Sunflower Seed Granola

2012 August 29

I didn’t really think I was brand loyal.  I tried to think of a product that I would choose to purchase over another even if it was more expensive.  I couldn’t really come up with anything.

I became a member of Costco this summer and my brand non-loyalty is a good thing in that situation.  To keep prices down, few options are offered.  I was forced into making a switch from my generic no-name Old Fashioned Rolled Oats to the Name Brand.  Not just any switch – a 10lb dedicated switch.  I thought it would be no big deal.  10 pounds of a name brand for a cheaper price – must be perfect, right?

Yeah.  I’ll pay more for the generic.  Those Name Brand oats just don’t suck up the water as well as the generic ones.  The consistency can’t be matched.  I’m pretty disappointed.  The rate at which I eat my oatmeal has decreased.  In an amount of time where I’d normally be through 4 pounds of generic oats, I’ve only eaten about 1.5 lbs.

Luckily.  Luckily. The oats work splendidly in granola.  Coincidentally, my life just got way crazier since school has started and a quick granola breakfast is just what the doctor (principal?  students?  Who is my boss, anyway?) ordered.


I set out looking for a granola that starred sunflower seeds since Swanson Health Products so generously supplied me with a few of their products.  My order came quickly, the products are high quality, and the prices on the site really are fabulous.  Please check Swanson Health Products out!

Simple Sunflower Seed Granola (adapted from Clean Eating Magazine)


3/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/3 cup raw honey
1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until evenly blended.
  2. Press mixture in a baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.


  • Katie Jasiewicz

    Oh your recipe sounds awesome! I just made a batch of granola the other day. I love the idea that you use peanut butter! Lol… I’m addicted to Costco–I buy my flour (25lb bag of it), sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and butter there… never thought to buy rolled oats… I don’t eat oatmeal just make granola so this might be good inexpensive investment for me!

  • Kate

    They probably work pretty well in oatmeal bread too!