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Cinnamon Nut Granola

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Packed with oatmeal, nuts, and Craisins, Cinnamon Nut Granola is easily one of our favorite recipes. I keep a couple of bags of it in our freezer AT ALL TIMES. We sprinkle it on our fruit and yogurt, or just eat it by the handful on a daily basis. 

Overhead shot of a round blue bowl of granola, wet inside a tan shallow bowl, with raspberries and blackberries inside that bowl.

I honestly can’t believe I’ve only been making this recipe for about a year. We’ve consumed bushels of this flavor bomb since then, and I’ve been informed to keep it handy. AT. ALL. Times. 😀 Mike is a granola addict by now, and this is his favorite combo.

There is SO much GOOD in this recipe.

  • old fashioned oatmeal
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • flax seed
  • wheat bran
  • cranberries
  • cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

The topping that makes everything stick together is the following:

  • maple syrup
  • honey
  • canola oil
  • applesauce
  • vanilla
  • splash of water

Overhead shot of a pink mixing bowl, with all the dry ingredients portioned out.

No more packaged granola, for so many reasons.

  1. cheaper – especially if you buy your nuts in bulk, like I do
  2. healthier – you know what’s going in this granola, and it is packed with protein and lower in sugar
  3. tastier – you’ll know it when you taste it, SO GOOD

The pictures below are what the granola looks like BEFORE you put it in the oven. It will crisp up while baking and get nice and crunchy. Some pieces will stick together, giving you clusters of granola. Yum.

Overhead process shots of 1) the wet mixture being poured into the dry ingredients, and 2) the granola laid out in two baking sheets.

There are so many ways you can enjoy your granola. You can sprinkle it on oatmeal, eat it with milk as a bowl of cereal, or top your ice cream with it. You can eat it with your yogurt, or your fruit and yogurt – or just eat it by the handful. So many options to enjoy this crunch of deliciousness.

Just a quick shout-out to our youngest son for making me both of these bowls in his Ceramics class. I love them and I think they are great for photographing food. We make a good team. Yay Zach! 🙂

Side shot of a round blue bowl, filled with granola, on a wicker tray.

Make this granola recipe next: White Chocolate Gingerbread Granola

 

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of a round blue bowl of granola, wet inside a tan shallow bowl, with raspberries and blackberries inside that bowl.

Cinnamon Nut Granola

A crunchy cinnamon granola loaded with nuts, oats, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries. SO MUCH better than store bought granola!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon nut granola
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 4 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds cinnamon flavored
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cups flax seed
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce cinnamon flavored
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients - oatmeal, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, wheat bran, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a small saucepan, combine all wet ingredients - maple syrup, canola oil, applesauce, honey, water, and vanilla. Bring to boiling and stir for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and pour over dry ingredients, stirring to coat.
  • Divide between two baking sheets, and spread in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Stay close to your oven during the last 15 minutes to prevent burning. Every oven is different, and you don't want to burn it!
  • Remove and let cool in pans. Add the dried cranberries and store in airtight container or freezer bag.

Notes

  1. You can use all pecans or all walnuts, instead of 1/2 and 1/2.
  2. You can also use all sunflower seeds or all pumpkin seeds.
  3. Use old fashioned oatmeal, not the quick oats.
  4. Stay close to the oven during the last 15 minutes of baking time, to prevent burning.
  5. Granola will stay fresh on counter for several days.
  6. It also freezes well for several months.
  7. Calories are for approximately 1/2 cup of granola.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.8mg

6 Comments

  1. Michael Joseph Ringsdorf says:

    Yes, I must admit that I am addicted to this recipe and I eat it daily. It is sooooo bad that I even take it on vacation. This is a must try! Plus, it’s only 5 steps and one of those is preheating the oven. You can do it!

  2. I love homemade granola! Looks so delicious and perfect for a healthy breakfast!

  3. Karol Gustafson says:

    I love this granola! I made some for my sister and she’s hooked too! I’ve been making it every weekend because I give so much of it away!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Funny you saw that because I just made another batch for Josh. We’re going to Lubbock this weekend and he asked for more granola and power balls! I feel like I make them both weekly. 🙂

  4. Vicki L McKie says:

    Another great recipe Sue! I had never made Granola before and found this recipe easy to follow and absolutely delicious. I also made the Acai Smoothie Bowls with this Granola sprinkled on top and my family loved them. I think I will be making both for years to come!

    PS – when I print the Granola recipe the instructions for adding the cranberries in Step 5 do not print. It seems it is only appearing on the website.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Ok I’ll look into that print function when we return from vacay!! Thanks Vicki! ❤

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