Homemade s’mores granola is loaded with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, along with Golden Grahams cereal and oats for a hearty crunch. Make it in minutes, for yourself or for gifting!
Once you make homemade granola, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been DIYing all along. It’s not like making a loaf of sandwich bread or tortillas where the homemade version takes a lot of extra effort. Nope! Making granola is quick and easy, and it’s also the best granola you’ll ever have. And this s’mores granola is no exception!
All you need to do is mix the base ingredients together, then bake them in the oven until they’re crispy and crunchy. Let it cool, then add the mix-ins—in this case, chocolate and marshmallows for that authentic s’more flavor. If you loved our s’mores pancakes and s’mores cereal, you’ll enjoy this s’mores granola too.
About this s’mores granola recipe
You’ll love this granola for snacking out of hand, or you can layer it with vanilla Greek yogurt and sliced bananas to make a tasty parfait. It’s delicious sprinkled over ice cream, but it’s also perfect in a bowl with milk for a quick breakfast. Needless to say, kids will love it!
Homemade s’mores granola is also great for gifting. Put it in a tin or bag tied with a bow and share it with friends and neighbors, sell it at your kids’ next bakesale fundraiser, or give it as a holiday gift instead of the usual cookies. It’s also fun to bring on a camping trip!
What you need
- Old-fashioned rolled oats – Do not substitute quick oats or steel-cut oats. Since quick oats cook faster, they will burn when you cook the granola; steel-cut oats are too tough to eat without cooking in water.
- Golden Grahams cereal – If Golden Grahams cereal isn’t available, you can break graham crackers into bite-sized pieces instead.
- Salted butter – Unsalted butter can be used, but you’ll want to add a few pinches of salt to the granola mixture.
- Maple syrup – This sweetens the granola and helps it stick together. You can substitute an equal amount of honey, agave nectar, or corn syrup.
- Vanilla extract – Vanilla will enhance the overall flavor of your s’mores granola.
- Ground cinnamon – A pinch adds some cozy flavor to this recipe!
- Semisweet chocolate chips – You can substitute milk chocolate or dark chocolate chunks if you prefer. Milk chocolate will be sweeter, and dark chocolate a little more bitter.
- Miniature marshmallows – Another option is to purchase dehydrated marshmallows online or in a specialty shop. These crunchy marshmallows are the kind used in cereal; they don’t get sticky and last longer than regular marshmallows, so your granola will keep longer.
How to make it
Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Make the granola mixture. Combine the rolled oats and Golden Grahams in a large bowl.
Stir in the melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon, making sure the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Bake. Spread the granola mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until it’s lightly browned and dry to the touch.
Tip: If you want clusters of granola, you can crowd it closer together on the pan. Just make sure it’s in an even layer so it all dries out in the oven!
Finish. Remove the pan from the oven and let the granola cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the granola and leave it undisturbed to cool completely, which should take about 40 minutes.
Store. Once the granola has cooled, stir it with a spoon and break it into pieces. Add the marshmallows and transfer the s’mores granola to an airtight container.
Oats are quite healthy thanks to their high fiber content. They’re also one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat! That said, granola has added butter, sugar, and mix-ins, so it’s not exactly a health food. Everything in moderation, including s’mores granola!
The maple syrup in this recipe can make the granola stick to the pan. To prevent this, you can line your sheet pan with parchment paper. Alternatively, use a stiff spatula to loosen any bits that are stuck.
How to make this s’mores granola your own
This s’mores granola has all the flavor of traditional s’mores, but if you want to break with tradition, here are some ideas:
- Make it nutty. Add a half cup of almonds, peanuts, or pecans for some extra crunch and protein.
- Add dried fruit. A half cup of raisins, dried cherries, or cranberries will give your granola a contrasting chewy texture.
- Use double chocolate chips. Try a combination of milk chocolate and semisweet or dark chocolate chips, or use semisweet and white chocolate chips.
Store s’mores granola at room temperature in an airtight container or zip-top bag. Depending on how it is stored and the humidity, the granola will stay fresh for 7 to 14 days.
Granola also freezes very well. Place it in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container and it will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw the frozen granola at room temperature before serving.
More breakfast recipes with oats
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Honey Oat Pancakes
- Oatmeal Pancakes – thick & fluffy!
- Oatmeal Cups With Yogurt
- Oatmeal Cups With Fudge Topping
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
Get the Recipe: S’mores Granola
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 ½ cups Golden Grahams cereal
- ⅓ cup salted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch ground cinnamon
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, mix the rolled oats and Golden grahams cereal.
- Add the melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon and stir until the oats and cereal are evenly coated.
- Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the granola and leave undisturbed to cool completely, at least 40 minutes.
- Once the granola has cooled, stir with a spoon to break into pieces, then mix in the miniature marshmallows.
- Transfer to an airtight container.
- Makes about 5 cups.