Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DIY Cinnamon Brown Sugar Granola

This is another variation on how to make a basic granola. This one reminds me of fruit crisp topping. No one besides me ever seems to get bored with our basic peanut butter granola I make most of the time. But I like variety sometimes and have heard of other houses where they get tired of eating regular old granola everyday. This is one way to vary the taste of granola more than just changing the additions.

Homemade Cinnamon Brown Sugar Granola Recipe

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, oil, or even peanut butter
  • 6 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup or more of additions (such as raisins, dried fruit, nuts, or seeds) (optional)
  1. In a large non-stick or cast iron pot, melt the butter, coconut oil, or peanut butter, stirring frequently. If you are using liquid oil, you can obviously omit this step.
  2. Turn off heat, and stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Add oatmeal, and stir to coat evenly with the butter (or oil) and sugar mixture. If you wish to add unroasted nuts or seeds to the granola, do so now.
  4. Spread on cookie sheets and bake at 350 F for 10–15 minutes. Check granola at this point to see if it has browned lightly. Stir, and bake for another 10–15 minutes, if necessary.
  5. Allow the granola to cool before mixing in other additions and transferring to an airtight container for storage.


  1. In step 3 you state to mix oats evenly with peanut butter and honey mixture, the ingredients doesnt list honey. Is there supposed to be honey in the recipe? If so how much? I just made this and it didnt crisp like granola. I baked it for 25 minutes.

    1. Sorry the recipe didn't turn out like you wished. No there is no honey in the recipe, just the brown sugar. I updated the post to reflect this.

      This recipe is more moist than some granola recipes, but it should brown lightly after baking for 25 minutes. When I make this recipe, it is toasted but not nearly as dry as store bought granola. That is just the way we like it I guess.

      You could try spreading it out very thin and baking it again to get it crispier if you wanted.


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