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This Oatmeal Brown Sugar Granola is one of our favorite breakfasts. Serve in a bowl with milk or just eat it by the handful for an on-the-go breakfast.
Ok, who are the cereal lovers out there? Once upon a time, I would have eaten cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not sure what to have for lunch? Cereal. No time to make dinner? Cereal. Hungry before bed? You guessed it…cereal. Although we still do cereal for dinner at times, I have cut way back on how much cereal I eat since doing our Whole 30’s and eat more paleo-style meals.
For the most part, I don’t miss it. But there’s one type of cereal that I still crave. Granola. And specifically, this Oatmeal Brown Sugar Granola. It’s crunchy, it’s brown-sugary-sweet, and the dried fruit gives it a bit of chewiness. Those qualities make this granola perfect for breakfast, a snack, with milk or without, on top of yogurt, ice cream topping…you name it, it fits the menu.
If you’ve never made your own granola, you’re missing out. Although I never met a granola I didn’t like, there’s something about being able to make granola fit your tastes exactly.
Since we’re in the midst of the holiday baking season, I decided to use dried cranberries in my granola. You can just as easily use raisins or any other dried fruit you like. Or, leave out the dried fruit completely, which is what I did for the years when I had an aversion to dried fruit.
This sweet, crunchy granola is totally adaptable. Use bran flakes or corn flakes as your base. Love pecans? Add those in instead of almonds or do a combination of several types of your favorite nuts. Whatever you choose, you’ll end up with a sweet breakfast or snack, full of whole grains and fiber. Just the perfect thing for this harvest season!
Do you have a special ingredient that you like to add to granola? Share your ideas with us!
Recipe Source: I found this recipe online over 10 years ago and can’t find it online anymore. It’s from a bed and breakfast in Penn Yan, NY called Flint’s Landing.
I used to make my grandmother’s granola for her every week after her dementia started getting the best of her. That recipe took half the day to make. It was good, but it took forever. I like this short and sweet version. My only addition would be shredded coconut.
I’m not much of a cereal fan, but I do LOVE granola! This looks like perfection!
I love the idea of bulking up regular granola with some cereal pieces. It seems like an unpopular opinion but I so often find granola to be not quite as satisfying as a bowl of old-fashioned cereal, you know? This mix of the two sounds perfect! I have just one question – do you think I could use Special K cereal instead of the bran flakes here?
Making this now! Just curious – what kind of baking pan?? A cookie sheet?? I’m such a goof – hardly know anything!! Thanks for this delish recipe as well as all your others!! And by the way – in your pictures, so hard to tell who is the mom! So young looking!!!