Easy Granola Recipe

There might be a million recipes for granola on the internet.  I don’t know for sure since I didn’t look.  We’ll pretend you need another granola recipe. 
[break][/break]This one is easy and delicious.  We eat it plain, with milk or sprinkled on oatmeal. 
[break][/break]Easy Granola
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups old-fashioned oats
½ teaspoon cinnamon (or more, to taste)
½ cup dried fruit (optional—we like cranberries and/or apricots snipped into bits, but usually don’t add fruit)
½ cup nuts or seeds (optional—we prefer raw almonds)
In a large saucepan melt the butter, brown sugar and water together.  Stir well and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Add the salt, oatmeal and cinnamon to the big pan.  Remove the pan from heat and stir well.  The object is to coat the oats with the brown sugar and butter, so keep stirring until everything is moistened. 
[break][/break]Pour the granola onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove the pan from the oven and allow the granola to cool in the pan.  When it is cool, break into pieces and transfer to a Ziploc bag or other container.  Add the dried fruit and/or nuts when you remove it from the pan.
[break][/break]Good for breakfast or a snack.  Enjoy!


  1. Charlotte, how could you make this recipe with agave syrup or honey? Brown can be very dangerous! ;>

    1. CharlotteSue says:

      I’m sure there are lots of recipes out there that use agave or honey.  Since we don’t eat large quantities at a time and only make it occasionally I think we’re okay.  🙂

  2. Absolutely delish!  Our new family favorite… and so easy to make.  This will be my new go-to for hostess gifts!

  3. I used this recipe to make chocolate granola which my kids love. I left out the cinnamon and added a little packet of vanilla sugar (it’s hard to find real vanilla here!), one cup of unsweetened shredded coconut and two tablespoons cocoa. It’s deliciously buttery,coconuty and chocolatey. It smelled like cookies when it was baking!
    The kids love it so much I have to hide the container…. 😉

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Awesome idea, Ruth! We’ll have to try that! (and I’ll have to hide it, too!)

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