Homemade Cinnamon Granola

I absolutely love making my own granola.  Most store bought granola is pretty expensive, and it’s actually really easy to make yourself.  My husband and I love having a fresh supply of it, especially in the fall. We typically just have it with milk, but it’s so tasty with yogurt or fresh berries.  It also fills your house with a sweet cinnamon smell when it’s in the oven.

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of granola recipes and this is one of my favorites.  It reminds me of the candied nuts that are popular during the holidays, but not the kind that are overly sweet.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine oats, almonds, pecans, and cinnamon in a big bowl.
  3. Combine brown sugar, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. Pour the liquid gold over the dry ingredients, mix it up, spread it on a baking sheet, and pop it in the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Let it cool before breaking it into pieces.

Tips

  • Make sure you always use Old Fashioned Oats.  Quick oats are much too small and don‘t create the right consistency for granola.  
  • Definitely experiment with different types of nuts and extra add-ins like coconut flakes or dried fruit.  Just be careful that your base granola recipe is proportionate to what you’re adding in. I once added way too many chocolate chips (which I know, seems impossible), but it just ended up to be too dessert-y for me.
  • Making granola from start to finish is pretty quick, probably 10 minutes.   But if you’re looking for a way to save a little time, you can buy nuts that are already pre-chopped. Or if you don’t want to spend the extra money on pre-chopped nuts, you could just chop a whole big bag of nuts at one time and just pull out ½ cup at a time.
  • I usually spread out the granola since I’m not looking for big pieces.  If you want to make granola bars, you will need to pack it together and make sure it’s thick enough that it will stay together when it cools and is cut.  I haven’t tried this yet myself! I’ll have to check back in when I do!
  •  It‘s so easy to burn granola, which results in a really strong, unpleasant flavor.  I typically bake mine for about 20 minutes at 300 degrees.

1 thought on “Homemade Cinnamon Granola”

  • I love your granola. It is still cinnamon/sweet, but as you said, “not too sweet.” Can’t wait to make it myself. Hope mine is as good as yours was!

    I am glad you have such a loving, supportive husband. You are a fabulous couple.

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