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Kid Friendly Granola {Sweet + Crunchy + Yummy Mix-Ins)

Plenty of delicious mix-ins combined with sweet brown sugar oats make a crunchy and versatile treat for all ages.

A granola recipe that your kids (and you!) will love, with plenty of sweetness, crunch, and delicious additions.

rimmed baking sheet with finished granola.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Delicious! Sweet and crunchy flavors from brown sugar, cinnamon, and your choice of mix-ins
  • Easy to make with simple ingredients
  • Versatile – everyone can tailor it to their tastes and eat it however they’d like.
  • Kid-friendly – perfect for after-school snacks or breakfast on the go
  • Hearty and filling. Diet food it is not. But it’s wholesome and made with real ingredients.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients laid out on white wood board

Here’s what you’ll need to make this yummy snack:

  • old-fashioned oats
  • chopped pecans
  • shredded coconut
  • vegetable oil
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • dried cranberries
  • raisins
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • A large, rimmed baking sheet. I use this one
  • Parchment paper.

🍴Instructions

Step One: Make the syrup

small saucepan with sugar syrup.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get a large, rimmed baking sheet and put parchment paper on it. This will make it easier to clean up later.

Put the oil, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until the sugar melts and everything is mixed together. You don’t need to boil or cook it down, just melt the sugar.

Step Two: mix

bowl of oats before and after adding sugar syrup.

Combine the “base” ingredients. Put the oats, pecans, and coconut in a big bowl. Pour the syrup over the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is coated and there are no more dry spots.

Step three: bake

baking sheet of granola before and after baking

Put the coated granola on the baking sheet. Make sure it is in one layer and not too thick. Bake for 20 minutes. It will be golden brown when it is ready.

Step Four: the mix-ins!

raisins, dried cranberries, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips.

Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes. If you’ve used parchment, lift the whole thing off, so it cools faster. When the pan is no longer warm, add the raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. The sugar syrup will harden to a crunch as it cools.

🥫 Storage instructions

Transfer the granola to an airtight container or resealable bag when the granola has cooled completely.

It will keep for weeks at room temperature.

🔍 FAQs

What is the best type of oats for making granola?

Old-fashioned oats! They’re cheap, tasty, and good for you!

What kind of oil is best for granola?

I use vegetable oil, but I understand many people don’t like it. I’d recommend a liquid coconut oil as a great alternative.

Can I skip the mix-ins?

Sure! That will cut down quite a bit on the sugar as well. 😊

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Don’t add the mix-ins too soon or they’ll melt!
  • You can also add nuts and seeds for extra protein.
  • For added flavor, try adding some almond extract or vanilla extract to the syrup ingredients.
  • If you want it extra sweet, add a little more brown sugar.
  • If you prefer a crunchier texture, bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.

📘 more homemade snack Recipes

🍽 Serve it with

Our favorite way to eat this is sprinkled on top of yogurt. So delicious.

Some people eat granola as a cold cereal with milk

And of course, it’s the perfect portable snack all on its own.

close up view of granola with sweets added.

📖 Here’s the recipe

wooden spoon lifting up granol.
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Kid’s Granola Recipe {Picky Eater Friendly}

Print Recipe
Plenty of delicious mix-ins combined with sweet brown sugar oats make a crunchy and versatile treat for all ages.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Cooling time:20 mins
Total Time:50 mins
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Prep a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment for easier cleanup.
  • Combine the "base" ingredients. Combine the oats, pecans, and coconut in a large bowl.
  • Make the syrup: Add the oil, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves and everything is combined. You do not not need to boil or cook it down, just melt the sugar.
  • Coat. Pour the syrup over dry base ingredients. Stir until everything is coated with no dry spots
  • Bake. Spread the coated granola on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Add mix-ins. Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes. If you've used parchcment, lift the whole thing off so it cools faster. When the pan is no longer warm, and add the raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. The sugar syrup will harden to a crunch as it cools.

Notes

Some more mix-ins we love: hulled sunflower seeds, mini M&Ms, butterscotch chips.
Don’t add the mix-ins too soon or they’ll melt!

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola for kids, granola recipe for kids
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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