Homemade oatmeal raisin cookie granola tastes just like the classic cookie, but it’s in crunchy granola form! Homemade granola is so simple to make and it tastes so incredible!
I think oatmeal raisin cookies are terribly underrated. Just like carrot spice cake, or snickerdoodles. Whenever you go to parties, the cookie trays are always stocked with oatmeal raisin cookies while the chocolate chip, chewy sugar cookies, and peanut butter are mostly empty.
No one appreciates the oatmeal raisin. It’s a real shame.
Except, that means more for me.
Back in college, my university used to put out coffee and cookies as refreshments for visiting students and parents during preview weekends. I’ll be honest, I don’t really know if the cookies were available to existing students, but no one wanted the oatmeal raisin anyway so I never felt too bad when I took one.
Or a few.
So, obviously, this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola was an obvious choice for me.
Today’s glorious recipe of oatmeal raisin cookie granola stemmed from my desire to try my hand at making homemade granola. I’ve tried before and have been semi-successful (I accidentally burned half the batch–charred oats do not taste that good), but I really wanted to try again with top-notch results.
Plus, I’m pretty sure that if I were on a deserted island and I could only take one food item with me, it’d be cereal and milk. Don’t ask me to pick just one cereal–it’s impossible. It’s like asking me to pick between fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Or my favorite music genre. Or, if I had kids, my favorite child.
Anyway, this granola is tasty and just fantastic with milk. It gets its oatmeal raisin flavor through cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, maple syrup, and honey. While brown sugar would certainly lend itself to the flavor profile, I wanted stay away from white or brown sugar in this recipe. I used sliced almonds in the recipe to give the granola a different texture besides just oats like flour does in an oatmeal raisin cookie.
Is it breakfast yet?
- 2 1/2 cups dry rolled oats
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 cup canola, vegetable, sunflower, or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark raisins
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
Preheat the oven to 300. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir.
Next, add in all the liquid ingredients (a quick tip--pour the oil in first, then use the same measuring cup for your honey. The oil will allow the honey to slide right out of the measuring cup)
Stir until combined.
Spread granola out on the parchment paper trying to keep it in one even layer.
Bake for 40 minutes. Be sure to stir the granola every 10 minutes to avoid burning it.
Allow granola to sit for 10-15 minutes. Break granola into pieces, and place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Add in raisins and gently mix them with the granola.