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Cinnamon Raisin Granola Recipe

This cinnamon raisin granola delivers a bunch of flavor and crunch that satisfies your hunger at any time of day. It’s a quick and easy breakfast and a tasty snack that’s good to keep on hand at all times.

Once you make homemade granola, you’ll discover that it’s easy, inexpensive, and more nutritious than most store-bought granola. You’ll love the fact that you can control what’s in every bite.

bowl of cinnamon raisin granola with milk

Make a batch, store it in an airtight container, and you have a week’s worth of granola. I enjoy it as a breakfast cereal or a crunchy snack. And it’s also delicious sprinkled over ice cream.

Breakfast Recipes

We’ve always believed in the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Although some people will eat anything, including boxed cereal, just to get through the morning, I’m a firm believer that everything you put in your mouth should taste good.

This granola is one of our all-time favorite breakfasts and mid-afternoon snacks. But there are other breakfast foods in our rotation.

cinnamon raisin granola in a bowl

On those days when we’re not sure if we’ll be able to have lunch, we might have this filling and delicious quinoa bowl. Or if I’m home all morning, I can make it last for a while by eating it really slowly.

If you want a hot breakfast, you might like this rice cooker oatmeal. And while you have the rice cooker out, try this amazingly easy and delicious rice cooker frittata.

Cinnamon Raisin Granola Ingredients

If you’re like me, you typically have all of these ingredients in your pantry. However, if you don’t, they’re available at most grocery stores.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rolled oats – the regular oats, not instant
  • Nuts – pecans, walnuts, almonds, or even peanuts
  • Raisins – or other dried fruit such as cranberries, dates, and pineapple
  • Honey
  • Mild-flavored cooking oil – I had avocado oil on my counter from another recipe I recently made, so that’s what I used.
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

oats, pecans, cooking oil, honey, salt, raisins, and cinnamon

You can vary some of the ingredients or substitute whatever you like. However, I usually advise following this recipe the first time you make it so you’ll know what you need to make it suit your taste.

Preparation

Before you start putting the ingredients together, there are 2 things you need to do.

First, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Secondly, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to make cleanup a breeze.

baking sheet lined with parchment paper

How to Make Cinnamon Raisin Granola

First, put the honey, oil, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.

wet ingredients in a bowl and mixed

Stir or whisk it until it is well mixed.

Then, put the oats and nuts in a large mixing bowl.

pouring pecans into bowl of oats

I mix it up before I add the wet ingredients, but you don’t have to.

It just seems to mix more evenly when I do.

pecans and oats mixed in a bowl

Important note: Don’t add the fruit just yet. That comes after the granola bakes. If you put the fruit in the oven, it will burn before the rest of it is done.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats and nuts. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are coated. I like to put on a disposable food service glove and mix it by hand. You can really get everything mixed when you do that.

mixing the granola by hand

Now, put all of the mixture on the parchment covered baking sheet.

Spread it out to make sure it cooks evenly If you like clusters of granola, press it down gently so it sticks together.

uncooked cinnamon raisin granola on a pan

Put the pan of oats in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. I usually check after 15 minutes to see if the mixture is golden brown. If it is, I pull it out of the oven. If not, I leave it in there for a few more minutes.

After the granola is golden brown, remove it from the oven and add the raisins or whatever dried fruit you use. Press it together again to make sure you have clusters.

raisins added to cooked granola with cinnamon

Let the baked granola cool to room temperature before pouring it into an airtight container.

You can store this delicious cereal for up to a week. But trust me when I say it probably won’t last that long. It’s that good.

bowl of cinnamon raisin granola next to a pan of granola

More Delicious Recipes

We enjoy adding granola to our fruit parfaits that we enjoy for either breakfast or dessert

If you haven’t had this fruit crisp dessert with a granola topping, you don’t know what you’re missing. I usually make it with apples or peaches.

You can also top my friend Julie’s yummy sorghum-glazed sweet potatoes with granola for added flavor and crunch. Her Back to My Southern Roots blog has tons of wonderful recipes, so while you’re there, check some of them out.

Mix some granola in with these candied pecans. Snacking has never been so good!

You can also top this incredible French toast casserole with granola. Yum!

bowl of fruit and nut granola

Cinnamon Raisin Granola

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Cinnamon raisin granola is a delicious breakfast or snack!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of rolled oats (not the instant type)
  • 1 cup of your favorite nuts (chopped if they are large)
  • 1 cup of raisins or any dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of mild-flavored cooking oil (avocado oil or canola oil)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the honey, oil, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk it until it is well mixed.
  3. Pour the oats and nuts into a large mixing bowl. Pour the honey mixture over it and stir.
  4. Scoop the mixture onto the parchment covered baking sheet and spread it out. If you like it clumpy, press the mixture down.
  5. Place it in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the granola turns a light golden brown.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and add the dried fruit. Press it together to form clusters.
  7. Allow the baked granola to cool to room temperature before pouring it into an airtight container.

Notes

Wait until after you bake the granola to put the fruit in because it will burn very quickly.

Enjoy this granola for your morning cereal or use it as a topping for yogurt, ice cream, or other sweet treat.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 427Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 0mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 4gSugar 22gProtein 6g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

Thursday 18th of March 2021

I love a homemade granola. This sounds super-easy and delicious. #FullPlateThursday

Joanne

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

That looks delicious! Pinned.

southernhomeexpress

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

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