From Melissa’s Kitchen – Quick & Easy Granola

We do not buy much cereal in our family.  I will not spend more than a dollar (after coupons and discounts) per box.  Typically, sales that good only come around two times per year: back-to-school season and right after New Year’s.

Cereal-type foods are very easy to serve to kids on a busy morning, though, which is why granola is a nice alternative.  We eat granola with milk or yogurt, depending on what is available in the house.  Store-bought granola is expensive, and often contains allergens.  I tend to avoid it.

healthy homemade breakfast

Several years ago, I began making my own granola.  I tried and experimented with many recipes.  This is my favorite.  It is quick, easy, and super-cheap to make.


Quick & Easy Granola

Quick & Easy Granola


  • 3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c. mild-flavored jelly (apple or white grape work well)
  • 5 c. oatmeal
  • 1/2 c. dry milk
  • 3/4 t. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. dried fruit (raisins, Craisins, chopped apricots, etc.)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix sugar, oil, and jelly in saucepan. Heat until dissolved, stirring frequently.
  3. Combine dry ingredients (except fruit) in a large bowl. Pour sugar mixture over top and mix well.
  4. Transfer to a cookie sheet that has been sprayed well with cooking spray or lined with a silicone baking mat.
  5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and add fruit.
  7. Stir a few times on the cookie sheet while cooling, otherwise it will harden in one large sheet.
  8. Eat warm or cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
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