This is a super fast and simple to make granola that comes out tender, crisp and delicious every time! It's very versatile, simply add your favorite dried fruits, nuts, toasted coconut, etc. If you prefer your granola harder, just cook it a little longer at the end. Using butter will give it a deeper/heavier flavor, oil gives it a lighter flavor, more like the commercial granolas you find at your grocery store.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
6 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Combine the oats and cinnamon and add them to the pot. Cook and stir until lightly toasted, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour the oats out onto a large baking sheet and add the butter to the pot. When the butter has melted, stir in the honey, molasses and brown sugar. When the mixture starts to simmer, return the oats to the pot and continue to cook and stir until coated and hot.

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  • Remove from the heat and stir in the almonds and cherries. Pour onto a large cookie sheet and allow to cool. The granola will harden as it cools. When cool, transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

295 calories; protein 5.8g 12% DV; carbohydrates 44.6g 14% DV; fat 11g 17% DV; cholesterol 13.6mg 5% DV; sodium 43.2mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2008
A good granola which can be cut and cooled into bars. I left out the butter and used just over 1 T. oil per cup of oats (1/2 when cooking oats half when melting sugar and honey) to keep it healthier and less like a cookie. I don't keep molasses on hand so I replaced it with extra honey - lighter flavor put still good. CAUTION: do NOT stop stirring oats! The oats seemed a little soft after cooking 3-4 minutes so T suggest cooking them an extra minute if you like a real crunchy granola versus a soft granola. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/15/2010
Tasted good but it turned out like cereal. Didn't stick together. I even put half a batch into my dehydrator to see what would happen and it crumbled into little flavored oats and fruit. Read More
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66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2008
A good granola which can be cut and cooled into bars. I left out the butter and used just over 1 T. oil per cup of oats (1/2 when cooking oats half when melting sugar and honey) to keep it healthier and less like a cookie. I don't keep molasses on hand so I replaced it with extra honey - lighter flavor put still good. CAUTION: do NOT stop stirring oats! The oats seemed a little soft after cooking 3-4 minutes so T suggest cooking them an extra minute if you like a real crunchy granola versus a soft granola. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2008
I really enjoyed the flavor of this granola and the cooking method. You don't have to heat up the house to make granola in the summer. I added 1/2 cup each oatbran wheat bran ground flax chopped walnuts chopped pecans and sliced almonds with the oats when they were toasting to add more fiber and nutrition. I used half the butter and added a little water to thin the syrup before adding the oats. I like how it makes clusters when removed from the pan after cooling. One time I used maple syrup in place of the honey and both options tasted great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2008
This was my first attempt at making granola. Very easy. Very quick to make. The only changes I made was to add a little vanilla at the end. I used regular oats (not instant as I wasn't sure if that would work). I used some coconut and some chopped walnuts also. I wasn't very thrilled about how chewy this granola was. I was expecting something crunchier. It actually hurt my jaw to have it for breakfast. However the taste was terrific and if eaten as a snack was great. I'm going to try my hand at some other granola recipes on this site but I will most likely make this one again as like I said the taste was terrific. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
Great as is! I did change it up a little on the second batch (and there will be more batches!) Added 1/2 cup of coconut 1 & 1/2 cup whole almonds and 1 cup of dried cranberries to the mix. Also added 1 tsp of almond flavoring to the sugar molasses honey and butter. YUMMY!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2009
My family loved this! The flavor was great! I added a dried mixed berry and almonds cashews and peanuts. It didn't stick together great so next time I think I'm going to lessen it to 3 cups of oats and keep the same amount of the syrup. Also I'm going to try cooking the syrup a little bit longer...I'll keep you posted. 6.17.09 3 cups of oats and cooked the syrup longer....delicious! It is definitely sticking together better! Probably could do 4 cups and it still stick together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2010
This is delicious! The versatility of this dish is as endless as the fruits or nuts you like! I thought initially that it felt a little grainy to chew but it only got better with age. It takes away hunger issues quickly and in such a tasty way! Thanks for posting this recipe roweena. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2010
My dad makes this ALL the time. it is his staple and I agree it is very good. We sometimes add maple syrup to it especially when we are low on brown sugar and the flavor is amazing very new england-y Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2008
Good recipe - my boyfriend prefers it crunchier so it's not his favorite recipe. Next time I'd cook longer and possibly bake. It basically tastes like a chewy granola bar right now... sort of the wrong consistency if you were planning to eat with milk for breakfast... but good as a munchy/snack. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2011
wonderful and easy. fun for kids to help. so many different variations that you can use. for those that said to chewy.. you needed to toast it longer. every stove is different. I did mine slowly stirring constantly for almost ten minutes. you want a beautiful golden color like the picture. Make the perfect amount for several meals. Easy fast tastes great and good for you. My guys like it with milk and warm fresh from my pan lol once it cools and whatever is left I put in a tupperware canister and put it in the frig. I dont know how long it will last cause its go real fast in my house. I love mine with fresh peaches and some cream. or yogurt and dried fruit in the winter. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/15/2010
Tasted good but it turned out like cereal. Didn't stick together. I even put half a batch into my dehydrator to see what would happen and it crumbled into little flavored oats and fruit. Read More
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