This Granola Recipe is the perfect snack to make using leftover Halloween candy! Throw in any type of candy corn, candy or candy bars you have on hand to create a crunchy, irresistible snack! Fun to have for an afternoon snack, to send in the kids lunches or munch on after the kids go to bed. Granola isn’t just for breakfast!
Original recipe posted: November 2017 | Recipe updated: October 2019
Fall is over and winter has begun and most importantly it is a day for feasting on Halloween candy leftovers. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you’ll enjoy this day.
A few nights ago I dreamed about granola. I woke up and had a dire need to make a few batches of it. So what did I do? I made a few batches of granola, one of which was inspired by all the loads of candy my boys got trick or treating.
If you have leftover Halloween candy taunting you today, make this! It is EASY and so irresistibly delicious. Feel free to add whatever type of candy you have hanging out in your bowl. For the batch in the photos, I used 100 Grand Bars and M&M’s and oooohhhh my goodness it was good. But mini chocolate bars, chocolate candies in general, peanut butter cups, those fun size treats, all perfect for this recipe.
My family and I love this recipe and hope you do, too!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE GRANOLA WITH CANDY
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray.
Combine the following ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon:
4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup salted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 cups assorted candy (chopped up candy bars of any sort, M&M’s, etc)
1 teaspoon salt
Pour contents evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring twice throughout baking process to ensure granola does not burn.
Remove from the oven and let granola cool completely to room temperature. Store in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
Swap out nuts/seeds, fats, sweeteners, flavorings and extras as desired, as long as you stick to the amounts listed in the recipe.
Nut/seed options: pecans, slivered almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, peanuts, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
Fat options: olive oil, butter, vegetable oil, canola oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, coconut oil
Sweetener options: white or brown sugar, agave nectar, honey, maple syrup
Flavoring options: vanilla or almond extract (or any extract!), cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger, cardamom
Extra options: dried fruit of any kind (apples, blueberries, cranberries, raisins, cherries, mangoes, apricots), wheat germ, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, molasses, peanut butter, cocoa powder, Nutella
HOW TO ENJOY LEFTOVER CANDY GRANOLA
Enjoy it by the handful, dry and easy to eat as a snack or on the go!
Toss it over a bowl of vanilla greek yogurt
Sprinkle your granola over a bowl of ice cream
Make apple nachos with this sprinkled on top
Put a bowl out at a party!
Add 1/2-1 cup of peanut or almond butter and press them into a pan to make granola bars!
WHAT IS IN GRANOLA
Granola is a popular breakfast or snack food consisting of a variety of ingredients that are combined such as rolled oats, nuts, honey or other sweeteners such as brown sugar, and sometimes puffed rice. It is usually baked until it is toasty golden brown. The mixture is stirred to maintain a loose consistency while it’s baked. What I love about granola is that you can mix and match it with what you love.
IS GRANOLA GOOD FOR YOU
While it’s touted as a breakfast item, granola is ingredients mixed with additional oils and sugars and fruit to make it super delicious but not so healthy.
KID-FRIENDLY AND ADULT SNACKS
Stove Top Popcorn – Down with microwave popcorn and all of the unknown ingredients that come along with it. Stovetop popcorn is SO easy to make (easier than you think!), with no MSG and totally packed with delicious flavor. Make this perfect, salty snack for your next movie night!
Instant Pot Chocolate Pudding – Make creamy, fudgy chocolate pudding effortlessly and PERFECTLY in your Instant Pot! This rich, decadent treat will bring you back to childhood. Skip the box mix! Pudding is so much better homemade.
Raspberry Honey Yogurt – Fresh raspberries, honey and Greek yogurt join forces to create the most delicious, fruity and filling snack! Eat immediately or freeze for a cold treat.
Thanks for reading, guys. Have a great rest of your week!
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and tag it @pipandebby + hashtag it #PIPANDEBBY I’d love to see what you create!