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Deliciously Crispy Steel Cut Oats Granola Recipe

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!

Steel Cut Oats Granola Recipe

The secret to fabulous homemade granola

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Steel Cut Oats Granola Recipe

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 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

Steel Cut Oats Granola Recipe

Mix together:

  • 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)

Steel Cut Oats Granola Recipe

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!

Find out more about where you can purchase McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal to make your own crispy steel cut oats granola recipeclick here.

Buy the ingredients:

McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, Quick & Easy, 24 oz (Pack of 6)Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), SilverNOW Foods Organic Maple Syrup,Grade A Dark Color, 16-OunceNature Nate’s 100% Pure Raw & Unfiltered Honey; Certified Gluten Free and OU Kosher Certified; Enjoy Honey’s Balanced Flavors, Wholesome Benefits and Sweet Natural Goodness; 32-oz. Squeeze BottleBob's Red Mill Unsweetened Flaked Coconut - 12 oz - 2 pkMixed Raw Nuts by Food to Live (Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Walnuts, Almonds), Unsalted, Bulk — 1 PoundOrganic Sunflower Seeds by Food to Live (Raw, Kernels, No Shell, Kosher, Bulk) — 8 OuncesBob's Red Mill Wheat Germ Natural Raw Grain - 12 oz (2 PACK)

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!

Steel Cut Oats Granola Recipe

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.



Tuesday 12th of April 2022

Thanks for sharing! Do they freeze well?


Tuesday 12th of April 2022

This looks so good! What a great snack for the whole family!


Monday 28th of March 2022

Thanks for sharing! Do they keep longer in the fridge?


Monday 28th of March 2022

This looks so good! What a great breakfast meal prep for the whole family!


Sunday 21st of February 2021

Best granola EVER. My favorite. Thank you so much for this recipe. Healthy and very tasty ๐Ÿ˜‹