Skillet Granola


Frugal tip: I have made this without any additional nuts or dried goodies. It is great plain, and my kids love it as a snack any way I fix it.

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds — (or any nuts you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries — (yummy with raisins, blueberries and/or

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oats then cook and stir until starting to brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Push the oats to the side of the pan.
Melt the butter in the same pan over medium heat. Stir in the honey and brown sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Push the oats around in the pan and stir to combine. Cook and stir for another 5 minutes or so to make sure to coat thoroughly. Pour out onto the cookie sheet and spread to cool.

Once cool, transfer to an airtight container and stir in the almonds and dried cranberries. Any additional nuts and fruit can be stirred in at this time also.
You can add about 1/2 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg if you’d like. You can change the vanilla for Maple flavoring or add equal parts. (Yummy!) This recipe is very forgiving.
I never make smaller batches, because I can always put additional in small bags and store in the freezer. It makes better use of my stove. I like to thaw them in the microwave and eat while warmed.

Simple Granola made in a Skillet

By HBHW reader Carla G.

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Rosalyn Price English - August 26, 2011

Love this recipe! Can’t wait to make some. We get fresh raw milk from a neighbor, and this would be excellent eaten with the cream. Thanks for the great recipe.

Lisa @Granola Catholic - August 26, 2011

This recipe sounds so easy. I can’t wait to try it.

diane - August 26, 2011

do you ever serve it hot from the skillet? cuz that sounds like wee bit of heaven…

Geoff - October 13, 2014

what would be the harm in adding add ins while the mix is warm, hot? Wouldn’t that make them stick in with the oats better?? Curious…

Geoff - October 13, 2014

I assume the vanilla, maple, etc goes in with the butter mix?

Brandi - November 15, 2015

I make this all the time! Today I’m going to make it using pumpkin pie spice! ☺

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