Super Easy & Tasty Granola

This is a very easy recipe, I adapted it from one my Mother-in-Law gave me.  You can get creative and add other ingredients such as flax seed, wheat germ, peanut butter chips or chocolate chips, etc.


2 1/2 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cups (or more) chopped nuts (I use a mix of peanuts, almonds, pecans, filberts and walnuts)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup dried fruit ( I like to use a mix of golden raisins, cranberries, blueberries….dates, etc.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the dried fruit. I mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl first, then add the wet and mix until well combined.  Line a 13″ x 9″ baking pan with a silpat (or lightly grease the pan) and pour the granola mixture into the pan, spreading it out.

Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.  Be sure to stir the mixture two or three times while it’s baking.  Remove from oven.  Now add dried fruit (and/or chocolate chips if you are using them), mix and spread out onto a baking sheet to cool.  Store in a container in a dry place or in the refrigerator.

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