Homemade Trailblazer Granola

By Holly Giles | Recipes


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Our Go-To Snack

Granola is one of those snacks that makes you feel like you are outdoors even if your not. I remember making granola in grade school on a campout and we called it GORP. I am not sure what the O stands for but it had granola, raisins peanuts and m&m’s in it. Good stuff.

As a mom of boys who is always looking to make a multipurpose snack this granola recipe goes a long way. I have added it to a quick bread recipe, mixed it with yogurt and fruit, and used it as cereal with milk.

We find ourselves at parks, trails, and even in the car when hunger strikes and we don’t’ have a lot of choices. Grayson and Grant have been known to eat this even if the bag came from the bottom of my purse and it is a bit flattened.

Family Recipe

This granola recipe is a great family recipe that the kids can participate in or make all by themselves. Granola can be personalized to everyone’s personal favorite add-ins. We do not add nuts to our recipe before the cooking process because Grant is allergic to tree nuts. I let Grayson add some to his own personal jar. Everyone feels like the snack was made just for them.

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Using Seasonal Fruit

I have talked before about drying seasonal fruit for later use. This is where that comes into play. I love to add dried strawberries, bananas, and apples. I cut them up into small bits so they go further in the recipe. Having these items make this recipe feel almost totally homemade. If you picked the fruit or purchased the honey from a local apiary or farmer’s market. Children love being a part of this process for providing food for the family. Let them get creative.


Trailblazer Granola


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups sliced almonds or other nuts optional
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried fruit of choice


  • Line two baking sheets with non-stick foil or parchment paper. Head brown sugar, butter, maple syrup and honey together over medium-high heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Combine oats, rice crisp cereal, cinnamon and nuts in a large bowl. Pour melted mixture over dry ingredients and quickly toss to coat. Divide mixture between the two pans. Place in preheated 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes until browned. Stir after 10 minute and rotate pans for even toasting. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in raisins and dried fruit. Break up granola once cooled. Store in a container for up to a week.

Granola can be used in so many different ways. Breakfast cereal and a fruit parfait are tops in our home. Add some yogurt and fresh fruit and you have a meal. Print the recipe.

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About the Author

Holly Giles is a wife, mother, and storyteller. As an author and Florida Master Naturalist, she writes about heritage homemaking skills, motherhood, and why Florida offers the best hidden natural gems to explore as a family.

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