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Brown Sugar Baked Granola

A delicious recipe for Brown Sugar Baked Granola. Easy to make and perfect for snacking and camping! You can add all kinds of extras like chocolate, candy or nuts.

Making granola at home is easy and so so delicious! Much better than store bought because you can put what ever you like into it. Here is a simple and tasty recipe that you can make your own.

Brown Sugar Baked Granola & Trail Mix

About this Brown Sugar Baked Granola:

This homemade recipe for granola is sweetened with brown sugar. It’s baked in the oven to give it a toasty crunchy delicious flavour.

A versatile snack:

This is a simple, flexible, tasty and inexpensive snack that you can make at home! Perfect for breakfast with milk, or as an after school snack for the kids. Add extra ingredients and make it a trail mix for hikes, camping, cross country ski trips or skating adventures at the lake. Pack into little individual packages, and you have nutritious and yummy trail mix snack for your whole family.

Brown Sugar Baked Granola Recipe Tips:

  • OATS: Use rolled oats, not quick oats or instant oats.
  • SWEETENER This recipe calls for 1 cup brown sugar, but you can substitute some of that sugar with honey: 1/3 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup honey.  
  • BUTTER: You can also substitute the butter for coconut oil.
  • FLAVOUR OPTION : Substitute the butter for 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Just mix it in before baking, with the water and sugar.
  • CHEWY OR CRUNCHY: 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. 
  • GRANOLA HARDENS AS IT COOLS: Granola will harden as it cools, so don’t fret if it’s falling apart right after coming out of the oven. After about 15 minutes or so of cooling, it will harden into chunks.
  • MORE TASTY ADDITIONS: You can add chia seeds, hemp seeds, raisins, shredded coconut (about 1/2 cup)…use your imagination!

Make it a Trail Mix!

The best thing about this granola recipe is you can turn it into a homemade trail mix to take hiking and camping! Here are some delicious additions:

  • Dried fruit: apricots, cherries, blueberries, apples, craisins
  • Chocolate coated candy like Smarties or M&M’s
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts: peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, either toasted or untoasted. Toasted nuts pack more flavour!
Brown Sugar Baked Granola & Trail Mix

Brown Sugar Baked Granola

A delicious recipe for Brown Sugar Baked Granola. Easy to make and perfect for snacking and camping! You can add all kinds of extras like chocolate, candy or nuts.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups granola 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven


Units Scale
  • 4 cups rolled oats (don’t use quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

OPTIONS to add after baking (I used about 1 cup combined):

  • candy coated chocolate
  • nuts
  • shredded coconut
  • chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot melt the butter, then mix in sugar and water.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Add the oats. Mix well.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then spread out the granola mixture in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 15-25 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t burn.
  7. Once the granola has cooled, add some tasty treats like candy coated chocolate, nuts or shredded coconut.

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    1. I have used your recipe exclusively for my granola for years and my family just loves it. They don’t even need any add ins of chocolate or raisins, they love it just as is. Thank you for sure a great recipe. Oh and I used dairy free olive oil based butter instead of dairy butter and it turns out perfect every time.

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  2. great pick, i love granola. i have been watching averie’s blog for a while, so i know how hard choosing one of her recipes must have been. your blog is so beautiful!