Fried Granola

Disclaimer: This post was written as a part of the SoyNut Butter Company Featured Blogger Program. All opinions shared in this post are my own.

When I was a kid, I went away to camp every summer.  Those summers were filled with singing in the dining hall, sun tanning on the beautiful rocky shores of northern Ontario, and telling secrets to my friends under the stars. They were some of the best days of my life.

Temagami canoe trip

At my camp we did multi-day canoe trips off site, covering sometimes 100 km in a trip. They were always a blast, but one of the things every camper looked forward to most about these trips was the fried granola.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

We would eagerly crowd around the campfire as our counsellors made it in the mornings, and then we would snatch at it like vultures, stuffing our faces until we gave ourselves stomach aches. But it was so worth it. Once you make it, you’ll understand what I mean.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

Fried granola
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A nut free fried granola recipe that can be made in less than 10 minutes on the stove. Perfect for a hearty camping breakfast or snack!
Yield: 3 cups
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup soy nut butter
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  1. Heat up the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Then add the oats and cook for about a minute before stirring in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Next add the soy nut butter and stir until it is evenly distributed.
  3. Add the chocolate chips, stir, then take off the heat immediately so that they don't fully melt.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

The first time I ever tried soy nut butter was actually at camp. Before that I never knew there was such thing as peanut butter alternatives! I remember I immediately dragged my mom out to pick up a jar of it after I got home from my first time at camp when I was 11 – and I’ve been happily addicted ever since.

Nut-free chocolate chip fried granola - the BEST camping breakfast!

The first brand I bought – and the only one I’ve used since – was I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter. This is because I feel completely safe eating it, since it’s made in a 100% nut free facility. These days I appreciate it for its healthiness as well. Soy gets a bad rap, but it actually contains healthy fats as well as protein.¬†For more information, check out their website and Twitter.

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  1. Nut butter, oats and chocolate…that alone convinces me that this granola is all kinds of amazing! I’ve actually never tried soy nut butter but I think I need to in the near future- I’m yet to come across a nut butter which I’m not a fan of and that aside, I certainly trust your taste in food :)!

  2. I went to camp every summer too, but I never had fried granola, I must have been missing out! :) I miss camp so much!

    I try to stay clear of soy because it bothers my digestive system but I do have some on occasion. The only other allergy/intolerance I have is to raw onions.

  3. So I’ve never even heard of fried granola, but uhm… it sounds amazing. All the camps I went to were definitely holding out on us… all we ever cooked around the campfire were s’mores.

    And you know I can relate to your nut-allergy woes – it actually makes my heart do a little happy dance whenever I see the label “made in a peanut free facility.” And the first allergy-friendly company that comes to mind is Enjoy Life. I love so many of their products, and I really can’t wait to try their new decadent bars.

  4. I went to gymnastics camp ever summer and it was the highlight of my entire year. I still look back on my time spent there as some of the best moments of my life.

  5. It actually sounds pretty interesting!! Never thought to fry granola!!! No allergies here and I hope Nia doesn’t have any either!! It is interesting how allergies occur!

  6. Granola is already pretty awesome, but frying it? Lady, that is brilliant.
    I went to horseback riding camp when I was a kid, and I loved it – they had a bunch of other activities as well, including rock climbing and archery. Although the only food I remember cooking outdoors is hotdogs over the fire.

    I’ve always considered myself exceptionally lucky that I don’t seem to have an allergy or intolerance to anything. Neither does Eric, which means that we can fill the kitchen and pantry with whatever. Hopefully it stays that way in the future!

  7. Oh goodness you always have the best recipes!
    I’ve had fried granola before, since my friend loves to make it and I always think it tastes better than the baked version! I should totally experiment myself hm…
    I have a bunch of intolerances ugh. They are the worst. Actually since I’ve been avoiding them they’ve gotten worse if I try to eat them again :( which makes me sad. Hives are never ever fun. And I do have a food allergy to mustard. So random and annoying because it’s in a lot of seasonings, random salads (the greens), and dressings.

  8. OMG FRIED GRANOLA??? I’m making some this weekend haha…this looks awesome :) The only camps I went to as a kid were skating camps…skating and off ice training for 6+ hours a day five days a week…good times haha. I did enjoy it, especially when we spent a few weeks in Canada…no canoeing for us though and definitely no deep fried granola…I think I missed out :(

  9. I’ve never been camping as a kid, but I have been camping twice. We were always so exhausted, even though the major plans in our days included eating and napping :P!

  10. summer camp as a kid were THE BEST! I only got to go one year because it was too expensive for my family, but every year we went camping with my cousins….so awesome. Fried granola though, that’s something I have never even heard of! It sounds pretty epic though – I might try to make some when all my cousins are here for the family reunion next weekend! And I also learned about PB alternatives on a camping trip – I did a 5-day backpacking trip in New Hampshire as part of my college orientation and someone in our group was allergic to peanuts so we had soy nut butter and sunflower seed butter – I totally got addicted!

  11. Mmmhm yes yes that sounds so very tasty Chelsea! I went to camp a few times and it was always ehhhh… some of my friends were obsessed with it though, couldn’t wait to go back each and every summer. And not just for a week or so, the whole dang summer! I could not imagine haha, although I wish I liked it as much as they did

  12. One pot fried granola sounds (and looks) like a dream! The oats, nut butter, and chocolate trio is possibly my favorite flavor combination – I’m convinced I could eat it multiple times/day for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it. ;) Add a little butter, and wow – even better! I bet this granola is just as delicious – if not more so – than an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! :D

    Some of my happiest childhood memories were spent at camp. I attended a few sleep away camps with friends, but my favorite experiences were at the family camp my family went to each summer. We’d stay a week, and every day was packed to the brim with outdoor activities. I also LOVED eating meals in the dining hall – especially breakfast. They’d serve eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, and sugary cereal nearly every day. It was a kid’s dream! ;)

    I have a pretty serious intolerance to wheat and gluten, so I really appreciate companies that make products in gluten-free facilities. My favorite brand is Udi’s – I love their granola, and their breads are the best GF versions I’ve tasted. No more cardboard!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Chelsea! I’ve been MIA from the blog world, but wanted to pop in and say hi! Love and miss you! <3

    Oh, and p.s.: I was able to snag a ticket to HLS! I have a roommate (Gina from Health Love and Chocolate), but let me know if you aren't able to find one, and maybe we can get a larger room! Minneapolis here we come! xoxoxo

  13. Fried granola! This is epic! haha. I loved camp as a kid especially for the food actually! I am going to share this recipe with my mom because I know she will love it and we can enjoy it together ;)

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      • I just was googling to find a fried Granola recipe and am excited to find yours. I was a Wanakita Camper (and SC and staff) in the early 90’s and my son is now a Wanakita camper. He loves “fried G” as the kids now call it so I thought I’d try to recall how it is made and am happy to find a “Wanakita recipe”

        • Hi Jen – it’s nice to hear from a fellow Wanakita alum! I started going there in 2000, so we missed each other by a few years. I think my version is close to authentic, although I believe the Wanakita version actually uses pea butter, not soy nut butter. Hope you enjoy and it brings back all the good camp memories. :)

  16. I went to camp in Ontario too, and we did the same thing! That’s actually why I looked up this recipe, looking at old camp photos made me crave it, I’m so glad I found a good recipe it’s delicious!