Lola’s Granola

The late ’70’s and early 80’s were tough times for me, financially. I was a young mother and in the early ’80’s found myself a single mother with very little income. The economy was tough, so I did everything possible to make my dollar stretch from weeding folks’ gardens for some of the produce, to helping out in the local coop (which has now grown into a very noteworthy business ~ Boise Coop) cutting blocks of  cheese and making granola.  In exchange for my services there, I was given a 20% discount off of my purchases.

My favorite recipe for granola that they had available there was called “Lola’s Granola.” I loved the coconut flakes, two types of grain flakes and variety of nuts that went into making it. I was happy to earn my discount by making this recipe. It turns out that the recipe’s name comes from a comic stripe character! The syndicated comic strip Bloom County had a free-spirited hippie character named Lola. She was Opus the Penguin’s fiancé. Like Lola, this recipe is whimsical and free-spirited in its own right….

This is that recipe:

1 cup each: rolled oats and red wheat flakes (rolled wheat)

1/4 cup flax seed

1/2 cup date pieces

1/3 cup each: sunflower seeds, toasted almond, roasted cashews

1/2 cup raisins (I like to use both white and dark raisins for color)

1/2 flaked coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon each: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves

1/2 cup honey

1/2 coconut oil

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly
  • Turn out onto parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, turning the mixture once at the 7-minute mark until nicely toasted.
  • Cool….enjoy!


12 thoughts on “Lola’s Granola

    • It is and a great thing to have along on a hike or some other outdoor activity. I thought about an image but I haven’t made any of this for several years! I posted it for a friend of mine. This recipe is more than thirty six years old! I dug it out of a small, plastic index card keeper I kept all of my recipes in back then. All were hand written or typed using an old Olivetti typewriter!

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    • Yes….I worked as a scab in residential construction…also cut cheese blocks for the Boise Coop. I always visit there when I’m in Boise town. Boise has really grown up to be a nice, well-rounded town! It’s land-locked, so I’ll never move back, but I sure enjoy visiting!


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