Maple cinnamon skillet granola is quick and easy to put together and it is perfect with fruit and yogurt. It only takes 5 ingredients and less than ten minutes to make a small batch of crunchy granola.
Making homemade granola is so much more economical than buying it. Plus it is easy too!
There are so many different flavor combinations you can make. And there are several different cooking methods as well.
We love toasted maple cinnamon granola so much. It is the perfect mix of crunch and flavor.
We have been making it for years, and you just can’t go wrong with it. We love eating it by the handful or as a parfait with yogurt and pretty much any kind of fruit.
But sometimes we don’t have the time to make a whole batch and let it get crunchy in the oven. It is an easy process, but takes over an hour.
You can make maple cinnamon granola in the slow cooker as well. It doesn’t require you to heat up the oven, which is nice during the summer. But it does take even longer to make.
So sometimes when we are in a hurry, we make just a little batch of granola in the skillet instead. You can still get those toasty flavors and crunch, but in a fraction of the time.
Start with a large skillet. It is good to have plenty of room to spread out the granola.
That will help it to cook more evenly and allow it to really dry out so you get crunch. Overcrowded pans can lead to soggy results.
Just like when making granola in the oven, I like to toast my oats a bit before I add any of the other ingredients. It not only adds more crunch, but it also adds more toasty flavors and aromas.
As soon as you start smelling the toasted oats, stir in the maple syrup and coconut oil. Add a small pinch of salt and some cinnamon and cook it over medium heat for 3-4 minutes stirring fequently.
Then remove the pan from the heat. If you like clumpy granola, push all of the mixture together so it has a chance to dry into clumps.
For more individual pieces, spread it out before it cools. Once the granola is completely cooled, it can be moved to an airtight container for storage.
Think of this recipe as a good starting point. You can easily adjust it to meet your needs and preferences.
Feel free to use honey instead of maple syrup if that is your preference. Or try butter instead of coconut oil.
You can also add some chopped pecans or almonds when you add the cinnamon if you would like. Shredded coconut would also taste great added at that same point.
Or toss in some dried fruit or chocolate chips after the granola has been cooked. There really is no wrong way to do granola.
More Easy Oat Recipes:
Apple pie steel cut oatmeal is absolutely loaded with apple goodness. It is a hearty and delicious way to start your day.
If a bowl of maple cinnamon porridge is more your style, try making maple cinnamon steel cut oats in the instant pot. It is another stick to your ribs way to eat this classic flavor combination.
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Maple Cinnamon Skillet Granola
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- pinch salt
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Toast oats in a large skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Once the oats start to smell toasty, add the remaining ingredients.
- Continue to cook over medium heat for another 3-4 minutes. If the granola starts looking too dark or smelling like it is cooking too quickly, turn the heat down
- Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.