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How To Make Stovetop Granola: 7 Quick 15-Minute Recipes (No Baking in Oven)

Updated on May 30, 2014
Traditional granola takes about half an hour in the oven. Not anymore! These 7 delicious stovetop granola recipes take just 15 minutes and won't heat up your home! Find the one that's perfect for you.
Traditional granola takes about half an hour in the oven. Not anymore! These 7 delicious stovetop granola recipes take just 15 minutes and won't heat up your home! Find the one that's perfect for you. | Source

I'm A Stovetop Believer!

After my first attempt at making granola on the stove, I was hooked! It turned out crispy and delicious.

Have you ever made granola on the stove?

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Have you made granola before? It is quite labor intensive, meaning it has to be watched. About every fifteen minutes or so you have to pull it out of the oven and stir. The result is fantastic, but there must be an easier way. There is! Instead of baking the granola for thirty to forty-five minutes, you can make it on the stove in just fifteen!

15 Minutes & Done

When I first discovered this idea, I was a little skeptical, thinking it might not be as crunchy. But what did I have to lose? I already had oats and fifteen minutes, so I tried it. And guess what? After my first attempt at making granola on the stove, I was hooked! It turned out crispy and delicious. Could granola truly be this simple? Fifteen minutes and done? Yes!

Health Benefits of Granola

  • The oats contain fiber, helpful for lowering bad cholesterol.
  • The nuts contain good fats, helpful for strengthening the heart and brain.
  • Granola is packed with vitamins and minerals.

Stovetop granola is made on the stove in just 15 minutes.
Stovetop granola is made on the stove in just 15 minutes. | Source

How much do you like granola?

4.3 stars from 11 ratings of Your Favorite Granola!

The Basic Process:

  1. Toast the oats on a warm skillet for 3-5 minutes until golden. Remove from heat by pouring onto a baking tray.
  2. In the same skillet, add your oils and sweeteners (ex: butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, applesauce, peanut butter). Melt these ingredients together until combined, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Pour the oats back into the skillet and mix to combine. Stir for about 3 minutes. Pour onto cookie sheet. Let cool 5-10 minutes. Store in an air-tight container.

Seven Recipes

In my quest to perfect my favorite version of stovetop granola, I have scoured the internet for recipes. I've noted the ingredients for each along with why each is great. Which will become your favorite?

  1. Basic Stovetop Granola
  2. Stovetop Honey Granola With Cranberries & Almonds
  3. Cinnamon-Nutmeg Stovetop Granola With Mashed Banana
  4. Clean Eating Stovetop Granola
  5. Healthy Stovetop Granola with Chia Seeds
  6. Molasses-Cinnamon Stovetop Granola
  7. Peanut Butter Stovetop Granola With Apples

1. Basic Stovetop Granola

A very easy basic stovetop granola using 5 ingredients: oats, maple syrup, oil, cinnamon and salt.
A very easy basic stovetop granola using 5 ingredients: oats, maple syrup, oil, cinnamon and salt. | Source

Ingredients:

  • Old fashioned oats
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

What's Great About This Granola

This is such a simple recipe with just 5 ingredients. You can easily modify it to your liking by adding nuts, fruits, or additional protein (such as wheat germ or chia seeds). It is a great stovetop recipe to try first because it only makes one cup, so you are not making a huge batch. Then, when you discover you like it, you can have fun experimenting to find your ultimate granola recipe.

Read the full recipe on Bran Appetit.

2. Stovetop Honey Granola with Cranberries & Almonds

This delicious stovetop granola begins with toasting oats in olive oil and is sweetened with brown sugar, honey and dried cranberries.
This delicious stovetop granola begins with toasting oats in olive oil and is sweetened with brown sugar, honey and dried cranberries. | Source

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Rolled oats
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Almonds
  • Dried cranberries

What's Great About This Granola

This was actually the first stovetop granola recipe I tried. It is not as healthy as other versions as it contains quite a bit of butter (1/3 cup for 2 cups of oats) and sugar (honey and brown sugar)...but it is quite delicious and crunchy!

As with most granola recipes, this one is easy to modify. The original recipe did not include cinnamon, but I included a teaspoon in the picture above. Also, I did not have almonds on hand, so I added some raisins with the craisins. Lastly, I liked the idea of adding molasses, which I had seen in other recipes, so I added a tablespoon. It gave the granola a sophisticated flavor that is hard to describe. This is my husband's favorite granola.

Read the full original recipe "Stovetop Granola with Cranberries & Almonds" on allrecipes.com.

3. Cinnamon-Ginger Stovetop Granola With Mashed Banana

The Pancake Princess describes her granola as: "This perfectly-spiced, fantastically crunchy and addicting stovetop granola is the perfect way to keep your granola stocks full during the scorching months of summer."
The Pancake Princess describes her granola as: "This perfectly-spiced, fantastically crunchy and addicting stovetop granola is the perfect way to keep your granola stocks full during the scorching months of summer." | Source

Ingredients:

  • Rolled oats
  • Walnuts
  • Sesame & Sunflower seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Mashed banana or applesauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut oil

What's Great About This Granola

This granola is full with flavor! The combination of ginger with maple syrup and coconut oil is out-of-this-world! I am not sure why she includes mashed banana or applesauce in the recipe as it is also sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup, but it definitely works!

The walnuts add additional omega-3s, which are great for heart health. Also, the ginger is an excellent spice as it reduces inflammation in joints and pain in general.

Read the full recipe "Summer Stovetop Granola" on The Pancake Princess.

4. Clean Eating Stovetop Granola

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil
  • Rolled oats
  • Chopped walnuts, almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Maple syrup (could use agave or honey)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, apricots)
  • Coconut

What Is "Clean Eating"?

There isn't an exact definition yet, but after reading multiple sources, it seems it is an approach to eating, not a specific diet. The basic idea is to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible, which includes limiting artificial flavors and preservatives.

What's Great About This Granola

This granola cooks in about 10 minutes and makes about 3 cups. That is a good sized granola to make in one batch, not too much, not too little. In one serving (1/3 cup) this granola is very low in saturated fat (2 grams) and has almost 5 grams of protein.

Read the full recipe on Clean & Delicious with Dani or watch it in the video above.

5. Healthy Stovetop Granola with Chia Seeds

The healthy stovetop granola uses a small amount of coconut oil and agave to keep it low in fat and sugar.
The healthy stovetop granola uses a small amount of coconut oil and agave to keep it low in fat and sugar. | Source

Ingredients:

  • Rolled oats
  • Pumpkin & sesame seeds
  • Pecans
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Popped amaranth (optional)
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Agave syrup
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Salt

What's Great About This Granola

As the title claims, this granola is "healthy." It is low in sugar and fat while being packed with protein. This recipe is unique because it includes three seeds: chia, pumpkin and sesame. Chia seeds are wonderful because they naturally help you to feel full longer and can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing good cholesterol (HDL). They are also gluten free. This granola is a bowl full of good health!

Read the recipe for "Healthy Granola" at 24 Carrot Life.

6. Molasses-Cinnamon Stovetop Granola

Our Family Eats describes this granola as a lifesaver for her ADHD daughter: "I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what we are eating, and knowing that my daughter won’t have a reaction to her breakfast is pretty great too."
Our Family Eats describes this granola as a lifesaver for her ADHD daughter: "I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what we are eating, and knowing that my daughter won’t have a reaction to her breakfast is pretty great too." | Source

Ingredients:

  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Raisins, or other dried fruit or mini chocolate chips

What's Great About This Granola

This granola is simple, with just four main ingredients plus whatever you'd like to add to it. It does not contain any oils and is sweetened with unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Molasses is an excellent sweetener because it naturally contains vitamin B-6, calcium, iron, and magnesium. The molasses does turn the granola darker than you might normally see, as well as your milk. If you have not tried molasses in granola, it does create a unique flavor!

The writer of this recipe describes her family's journey to change their diet to help her daughter's treatment of ADHD. One of their decisions was to create their own cereal, which led to this granola. Her young daughter and entire family claim this is their favorite cereal. Perhaps it might become your family's favorite as well!

Read the full recipe on Our Family Eats.

7. Peanut Butter Stovetop Granola With Apples

Azure Almanac writes, "This is a quick granola recipe you can make that will satisfy all those hungry tummies in your home!"
Azure Almanac writes, "This is a quick granola recipe you can make that will satisfy all those hungry tummies in your home!" | Source

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Rolled Oats
  • Apple
  • Raisins (optional)

What's Great About This Granola

This granola includes peanut butter and is sweetened with honey...yum! When using natural peanut butter, you are confident you are not adding additional salt, sugar, or trans fats into your granola. Peanut butter adds additional protein into this tasty granola. You'll also like the addition of adding apple at the end. What a great idea to add into your fresh granola!

Read the recipe "Peanut Butter Granola" on The Azure Almanac.

Unsure of Which To Try? Consider the Oils and Sweeteners

Recipe
Oils
Sweeteners
1. Basic Stovetop Granola
Butter
Maple Syrup
2. Stovetop Honey Granola with Cranberries & Almonds
Olive Oil and Butter
Honey and Brown Sugar
3. Cinnamon-Ginger Stovetop Granola with Mashed Banana
Coconut Oil
Banana, Brown Sugar, and Maple Syrup
4. Clean Eating Stovetop Granola
Coconut Oil
Maple Syrup
5. Healthy Stovetop Granola with Chia Seeds
Coconut Oil
Agave
6. Molasses-Cinnamon Stovetop Granola
N/A
Blackstrap Molasses
7. Peanut Butter Stovetop Granola with Apples
Butter and Peanut Butter
Honey
What do you already have on hand? What oils or sweeteners do you prefer? Perhaps start with one that matches your preferences and pantry!

A Recap: 7 Stovetop Granola Recipes

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1. Basic Stovetop Granola2. Stovetop Honey Granola With Cranberries & Almonds3. Cinnamon- Ginger Stovetop Granola With Mashed Banana4. Clean Eating Stovetop Granola5. Healthy Stovetop Granola With Chia Seeds6. Molasses-Cinnamon Stovetop Granola7. Peanut Butter Stovetop Granola With Apples
1. Basic Stovetop Granola
1. Basic Stovetop Granola | Source
2. Stovetop Honey Granola With Cranberries & Almonds
2. Stovetop Honey Granola With Cranberries & Almonds | Source
3. Cinnamon- Ginger Stovetop Granola With Mashed Banana
3. Cinnamon- Ginger Stovetop Granola With Mashed Banana | Source
4. Clean Eating Stovetop Granola
4. Clean Eating Stovetop Granola | Source
5. Healthy Stovetop Granola With Chia Seeds
5. Healthy Stovetop Granola With Chia Seeds | Source
6. Molasses-Cinnamon Stovetop Granola
6. Molasses-Cinnamon Stovetop Granola | Source
7. Peanut Butter Stovetop Granola With Apples
7. Peanut Butter Stovetop Granola With Apples | Source

Which Will You Try?

If you have never tried making your own granola before, or if you have but are interested in trying a faster method, consider trying a stovetop recipe! It won't heat up your kitchen (which is great for summer) and is just as crunchy as in the oven. You control the amount of oils and sweeteners as well as how much you make, whether enough for just today, or for a week. It's up to you. Stovetop granolas are a fantastic alternative to store-bought cereals.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I have never made granola, but you encourage me to try (and I don't like being in the kitchen). Recipe No. 4 is my favorite. Thank you very much. Voted up and shared!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      This is a great idea! I will be sure to save this and try it out one of these days! This is a great hub! You have pulled everything together well and I enjoyed reading throughout. The pictures are mouthwatering. awesome!

      shared and voted up for sure.

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @MsDora-- I am honored that I encouraged you to try something new! Recipe 4 (Clean eating with coconut oil and maple syrup) is amazing! Thank you for your votes and share.

      @Jo Goldsmith11--Thank you for leaving a comment! I am glad you found it helpful and appreciated everything being together! Thank you also for your vote and share!

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      Preston and Kate 2 years ago from the Midwest

      I think we need to try this! I have attempted homemade granola a few times but never ended up with what we were hoping for. This looks yummy and much less time consuming than the other recipes I have tried! -kate

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @Presontandkate--I hope you do! I have found this to be the easiest way to make granola. I was skeptical it wouldn't be crunchy...but it actually is! Please let me know how it turned out. And, thanks for stopping by, Kate!

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      The cinnamon ginger granola recipe looks delicious! I will have to give some of these a try. I've only ever made granola in the oven and it didn't turn out too bad, but I would like to try your recipes because they are quicker. Who knew that you could make stove top granola?! Thanks for sharing!

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @Torrs13--Mmmmmm! That cinnamon ginger recipe is unique with the mashed banana. I hope you love it! Oven granola is just as tasty as stovetop, but stovetop is easier and in the summer, much more convenient. Best wishes on your granola!

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      Matthew 2 years ago from toronto

      all those recipes look very tasty and can't wait to try a few out

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