January 22nd, 2012

Fifteen Minute Skillet Granola

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I’ve tried a lot of homemade granola recipes and this Fifteen Minute Skillet Granola is by far my favorite.  

Fifteen Minute Skillet Granola

First, I love the sesame seeds.  Why did I never think of adding sesame seeds to my granola before? 

Admittedly, most of the ingredients in this recipe are optional, and can be omitted or changed to suit your tastes, but I highly recommend including the sesame seeds!

I also love how quick and easy this granola is to make. It doesn’t require hours of baking, with frequent stops for stirring. It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.

I also love the toasted, nutty taste that results with the skillet method. I actually cook mine about 12 minutes (or as long as I can possibly cook it without burning it) because I love the toasty taste so much!

This keeps well for several weeks in an airtight container. It can also be frozen for longer term storage.

Fifteen Minute Skillet Granola

Preparation 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 20 mins


  • 4 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit, optional)


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the honey, brown sugar and vanilla.
  2. Add the oats, nuts, coconut, sunflower kernels and sesame seeds to the pan and stir until well coated with the butter/sugar mixture.
  3. Continue cooking, stirring frequently until granola is a dark golden brown, 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in dried cranberries or other dried fruit if using. Pour onto a cookie sheet to cool.
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Who Dished It Up First: My friend Erin brought me some homemade granola, mentioning how she’d made it in a skillet.  I proceeded to eat the entire bag, then began scouring the internet for skillet granola recipes.  This is my variation of the many recipes and methods I discovered.



  1. I have been looking for a granola recipe and this recipe looks perfect! and easy!

  2. I’ve made granola many times as well, but never thought of adding sesame seeds. What a great idea!

  3. Skillet granola? This is the first time I’ve heard of it, but it seems like it’s a great way to make granola without slaving over a hot oven, and most likely great for in the summer!


  4. This looks like a delicious start to my day!


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