Raw Brown Sugar Granola

  • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
  • 1 cup raw brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)
  • 1/2 cup nuts or seeds (optional)

In a large 4 quart saucepan melt the margarine, sugar and water together. Stir it well and let it simmer for a few minutes (2 or 3 minutes should be enough). Add the salt, oatmeal and cinnamon to the big pot. Remove the pot from the stove and stir up the granola. You want to coat the oats with the brown sugar and margarine, so keep stirring until everything is moistened. Put the granola onto a cookie sheet, the kind with sides. Bake it at 375° for 10 minutes. It should be a nice golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the granola to cool right there in the pan. When it is cool, break it up into small pieces and transfer it to clean coffee can, or other type of canister. Add the nuts and/or dried fruit when you put it into the canister. Serve for breakfast in a bowl with milk or yogurt. Very tasty.

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Miss Meg - September 2, 2009

I am wondering about the granola recipes = the honey one called for oatmeal and then the brown sugar listed rolled oats but later in the instructions referred to it as oatmeal… are you calling oats oatmeal or is there two products? Thanks, Miss Meg

Love to cook - September 2, 2009

Rolled oats are the same as old fashioned oatmeal.

Julie D. - December 12, 2009

I am wondering if the brown sugar + water roughly equals the honey that is in my recipe. Other than that, the biggest difference I can see is that the recipe I use cooks at a very low temp and yours at a relatively high one. Interesting. I might try that higher temp for less time. It appeals in several ways. :-)

Briana - February 23, 2010

This granola is amazing. So easy to make and my husband loves it!! I make a batch every week. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie - February 23, 2010

This quickly became a favorite at our house. It doesn’t last long around here so I am pleased that I can whip it up so quickly and double or triple the batch when needed. My kids love it when I use this granola to make trail mix for them. It also makes wonderful granola bars. Will never buy granola from the store again. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

Jaime - October 18, 2010

Sorry if I am being dense here, but is “raw” brown sugar something different from the brown sugar you buy for baking? I typically purchase light brown sugar but perhaps dark brown is what is meant here? The recipe sounds lovely and I would like to try it for my husband who is a granola fanatic!

acme - January 11, 2011

I have a copy of the original Hillbilly Housewife granola recipe. It did not include the 1/4 cup water. The original recipe was very stiff and a bit difficult to stir but result was outstanding; very crunchy and holds up well in milk and great on top of homemade yogart. I increased the cinnamon to 1 teaspoon. Yummy!

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