The Best Homemade Cinnamon Granola

The Best Homemade Cinnamon Granola

by M Caroline
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This easy cinnamon granola is my all time favorite holiday granola recipe, but you can enjoy it whenever you want!

It’s made with sweet, natural maple syrup, and perfect for a quick, homemade breakfast, or a snack any time. This cinnamon granola cereal is crunchy, perfectly sweetened, and totally delicious!

homemade cinnamon granola

The Best Homemade Cinnamon Granola

What I love about granola is that it’s such an easy breakfast option. Just pour this yummy homemade cinnamon granola into a bowl, add some milk, and breakfast is ready!

What you’ll need to make maple cinnamon granola

For this recipe, you’ll need old-fashioned rolled oats (also called rolled oats), cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, molasses, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil (or avocado oil).

There’s a full printable recipe at the bottom of this article, with exact measurements, to make shopping easier!

Related recipes – banana oatmeal breakfast cookies, crockpot apple cinnamon steel cut oats, quick paleo breakfast recipes, fantastic French toast recipes

Cinnamon Granola

How to make cinnamon granola

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Take an 11″ x 17″ baking sheet. and line it with parchment paper. This helps keep the granola from burning, and also keeps granola from sticking to the sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, cinnamon and salt.

Add vanilla extract, molasses, maple syrup and melted coconut oil to the dry ingredients, and mix.

making cinnamon granola

Pour the granola onto the prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula, spread the granola evenly over the sheet, pressing down lightly.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.

Remove from oven.

To keep this granola crispy, let it cool thoroughly before packaging!

Allow it to sit out on the counter for one hour or more before placing it in an airtight container. This allows granola to harden, giving it a crunchier texture.

Once cool, break the granola apart into smaller chunks.

granola baked with cinnamon and maple syrup

Variations

One of the things I love most about this easy granola recipe is that it’s so easy to modify to your exact taste!

Apple and cinnamon granola

To make apple and cinnamon granola, simply add 1 cup of 1/4 inch cubed apple to the dry ingredients, and bake.

Cinnamon raisin granola

This recipe is easy to adapt to a cinnamon raisin granola, but the trick is to add raisins after baking in the oven.

If you add raisins when cooking in the oven, they’ll become dried out. Instead, add 1/2 a cup of raisins after the granola comes out of the oven, to keep the raisins plump and juicy.

Cinnamon roll granola

If you want to make this granola a little more special, just add pecans and some white icing to make it an indulgent cinnamon roll granola.

When you’re mixing the dry ingredients, add 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Then, once the granola is cooked and cooled, drizzle it with white icing and let sit for 1/2 an hour to let the icing harden. To make the white icing, mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk (or plant based milk).

Honey cinnamon granola

Want to make honey cinnamon granola instead? Easy, just substitute the 1/2 cup maple syrup with 1/2 cup of liquid honey. It’s that easy.

holiday granola with cinnamon

Cinnamon pecan granola

Love pecans? Me too? To make cinnamon pecan granola, add 1/2 cup chopped pecans to the dry ingredients. So good!

Apple macadamia cinnamon granola

To make apple macadamia cinnamon granola, simply add 1 cup of 1/4 inch cubed apple, and 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts, to the dry ingredients.

Pumpkin pie granola

You can easily make this recipe into a pumpkin pie granola by adding 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon clove, and 1 pinch ground allspice to this recipe. Yum!

maple cinnamon granola

How do you eat cinnamon granola?

This granola is delicious on its own, or served as a topping for yogurt, or with milk.

I absolutely love to snack with this granola on hand. It’s deliciously crunchy and sweet.

Is granola healthy?

Granola gets a bad rap as an unhealthy food, and there’s some truth in that. Highly processed granola that you buy in the grocery store can be packed with fat, sugar, and salt.

However, if you make your granola at home, you can limit unhealthy amounts of fat, sugar or salt. Oats, which make up most of this recipe, are well known for reducing cholesterol through a compound called beta-glucan, which has been shown to reduce levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol.

Can I make this gluten free cinnamon granola?

Absolutely! You can easily make this recipe gluten free by using gluten free rolled oats.

Can you freeze this granola recipe?

This granola lasts for weeks on the counter, so it’ll likely be eaten well before it runs out!

If you do need to freeze this granola, just place it in an airtight container, leaving as little space as possible. Freeze for up to three months for the best taste. Set it overnight on the counter to thaw.

Yield: 8 cups

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Granola

homemade cinnamon granola

This simple, tasty cinnamon granola is perfect for an easy breakfast, or a snack any time!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted (or almond oil)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 11×17 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix oats, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add vanilla extract, molasses, maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Mix.
  4. Pour the granola onto the prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula, spread the granola evenly over the sheet.
  5. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool. Once cool, break the granola apart into smaller chunks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

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