I love the clatter of chunky granola toppling into my breakfast bowl. All those chunks of slightly sweet oats and nuts and fruit! For years, hubby and I have been making homemade granola – altering the recipe to suit the seasons (apples for fall, berries for summer, etc.). What I love best about granola is how you can throw anything into the mix, and it tastes yummy. Here’s the basic crispy steel cut oats granola recipe I start with. You can modify it to your taste!
The secret to fabulous homemade granola
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Okay, it’s not a secret really, but I cannot stress enough: the oats you choose to make granola with can make or break your granola experience! I am always using steel cut oats these days. Why? Because when you buy steel cut oats like McCann’s Irish Oatmeal, there is minimal processing, no additives, no artificial anything! Making your granola clean eating!
Plus, McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, made from 100% whole grain Irish Oats, have a delightful, nutty taste that goes perfectly with our nut-packed granola recipe.
Another benefit of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oats is that three of their products were just awarded Non-GMO Certification from the Non-GMO Project:
- McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in the 28 oz. Tin– perfect for my granola recipe!
- McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal® in the 24 oz. Canister and McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal Quick Cooking Rolled Oats® in the 16 oz. Box – best for a delicious and warming bowl of hot oatmeal in the mornings!
Did you ever wonder why some oatmeal is “Irish” and what difference that makes? I learned something about McCann’s Irish Oats – climate and topography play a huge role in the quality of oat growing. And guess where the best growing conditions for oatmeal are found? Ireland! So always look for McCann’s Irish Oats!
Crispy Steel Cut Oats Granola Recipe
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 T light cooking oil (lately have been using coconut)
- 4 cups McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oats®
- 2 1/2 cups nuts (almonds are my favorite, but a mix of almonds, pecans, and walnuts is also good)
- 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)
- 1/4 wheat germ
- 1 cup dried fruit, chopped if not already small like cranberries (reserve)
In a small saucepan, heat first four ingredients until blended. Don’t boil or overcook. Meanwhile, toss dry ingredients EXCEPT fruits in a large bowl. Stir in melted sugars and mix well.
Spray two baking sheets with non-stick spray (or coat with coconut oil or butter).
Divide granola mix evenly on trays. Be sure the layers are very shallow and even to promote good crisping.
Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Stir in fruits at this point, and spread evenly. Bake for 10 more minutes, or until granola is golden brown. Be sure not to overcook or granola will be too hard to eat.
Crumble (granola will be stuck together), and store in an air-tight container. Should make about 8 cups.
Serve with milk as cereal or with yogurt for a breakfast or lunch treat. Use as a topping for ice cream too!
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What’s your favorite way to use oats in your cooking?
From sweet to savory (even in a stir fry!), there are so many ways you can add the goodness of oats! Great oat recipes here!
This crispy steel cut oats granola recipe was sponsored by McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.Disclosure: Affiliate links have been used in this post. Purchases made after clicking the links may generate a small commission for me.