Brown Sugar Baked Granola & Trail Mix

Time for another recipe to come out of the archives!
I thought this might be a good time to repost this recipe for
Brown Sugar Baked Granola & Trail Mix with summer upon us!
This would make a great hiking or camping snack!
Also, if you have young ones around, I’m sure you are asked a million times a day for a snack.
I know I am.  And truth be told, I hate snack time,
because it seems to be snack time all the time around here!
This is a simple, flexible, tasty and inexpensive snack that you can make at home!
Perfect for after school, hikes, cross country ski trips or camping adventures!
Pack it into little individual packages, and you have a transportable, nutritious
and yummy snack for your whole family!

 

Brown Sugar Baked Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats (don't use quick oats)
  • ½ cup butter (not margarine)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium to large pot, melt butter, then mix in sugar and water.
  3. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Combine.
  4. Add oats. Mix well.
  5. Spread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The granola won't stick to the parchment paper, so it's a must to use!
  6. Bake for 15-25 minutes. Watch that it doesn't burn. See tips.
Notes

- If you like granola more chewy, then bake it for about 15 minutes. If you like it more crunchy and with more toasted oat-y flavour, bake it longer.
- One thing to note, the granola will harden as it cools, so don't fret if it's falling apart. After about 15 minutes or so of cooling, it will harden into chunks.
- I think next time I would substitute in some honey for a nice honey flavour punch! (I would probably do ⅓ brown sugar and ⅔ honey.)
- You can also substitute peanut butter for the butter if you want to make Peanut Butter Granola. (about ¼ to ½ cup peanut butter)
- For extra nutrition add chia seeds, hemp seeds, raisins, shredded coconut...use your imagination!

Recipe adapted from love, veggies & yoga

 

Tips!
If you like granola more chewy, then bake it for about 15 minutes.  If you like it more crunchy and with more toasted oat-y flavour, bake it longer.  One thing to note, the granola will harden as it cools, so don’t fret if it’s falling apart.  After about 15 minutes or so of cooling, it will harden into chunks.
I think next time I would substitute in some honey for a nice honey flavour punch!  (I would probably do 1/3 brown sugar and 2/3 honey.)
You can also substitute peanut butter for the butter if you want to make Peanut Butter Granola. (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup peanut butter)
For extra nutrition add chia seeds, hemp seeds, raisins, shredded coconut…use your imagination!


Now you can make some trail mix using your baked granola!

Homemade Trail Mix

1 cup nuts of your choice (toasted or untoasted)
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup cherry flavoured chips
1/3 cup large flaked coconut
1 cup raisins
homemade brown sugar baked granola
  • Break up the granola into chunks.
  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Store in a closed container in a cool dry place.
Tips!
  • The best thing about making homemade trail mix is that you can add what ever you like to it.  The possibilities are endless!  Here are some options!

    • Dried fruit of all kinds:  apricots, cherries, blueberries, apples, craisins
    • Smarties
    • Sunflower seeds
    • All kinds of nuts:  peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, either toasted or untoasted.  Toasted nuts pack more flavour!
    • If you want to make a nut-free version, add candy roasted chickpeas instead of nuts!
Have a fabulous weekend!
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Comments

  1. Yummmm! I’m always looking for good granola & trailmix recipes :) Looks so good!

  2. YUMMY! I think I’m gonna make this this upcoming weekend! I’d love if you’d link up at my Tutorial Tuesday Linky Party http://www.ourthriftyideas.com/2012/05/tutorial-tuesday-6.html

  3. WOW!! This looks absolutely WONDERFUL!!! You go girl!! And looks like you are a photographer too…ha!! Looking for people who are interested in joining a fun photographer club…are you interested by any chance?

  4. Mmmm this looks like an awesome snack, I love all the ingredients you used!

  5. Great recipe! I think even my wee son would enjoy this :-) Becks x

  6. This sounds sooooo yummy. I am doing a week of camping recipe’s starting the 28th, and was wondering if you would be willing to share this as a guest post??

    Let me know!
    Jesseca
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    Email: Jesseca{at}onesweetappetite{dot}com

  7. SO yummy!! And hope you can link it up at my brand new party trendy tuesday!! http://wwww.sweetlittlegals.com

  8. I substituted cocoa powder for the cinnamon. Because I am a chocolate freak. Yum! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. I liked this so much I featured it on my blog promoting vegetarian and Krishna conscious recipes! Check it out here: http://discoveryourselfinyoga.blogspot.com/p/vegetarian-recipes.html

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  1. […] Brown Sugar Baked Granola & Trail Mix:  Make up a batch of trail mix before you head out camping.  This mix is perfect for snacking – you can pack it up in individual containers/ziplock bags and take them with you when you hit the trail!  Or you can enjoy it for breakfast as well! – – -  […]

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