The BEST Healthy Granola!

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This really is the best healthy granola recipe!  It’s quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with (just a little) maple syrup, and always so flavorful and delicious.

Healthy Granola Recipe

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Friends…meet my all-time favorite homemade granola recipe! ♡

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, our little household has a borderline out-of-control granola obsession.  We’re constantly whipping up various kinds of granola (or granola bars) to keep on hand for easy breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and — let’s be real — our fair share of lazy weeknight dinners cozied up on the couch with a bowl and a side of Netflix.  We love it plain, we love it drowning in almond milk, we love mixing it with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt into parfaits, we love sprinkling it on everything from desserts to mashed potatoes to salads (<– yes, surprisingly good).  We just freaking love granola.

And while I have shared over a dozen kinds of fun and quirky granola recipes here on the blog over the years, I will be the first to admit that the vast majority of the time, we usually keep things simple and default to this classic healthy granola recipe right here.

In my granola-obsessed opinion, it’s simply the best.

Partly because it’s super quick and easy to make, with ingredients you probably already keep in your pantry.  Partly because it’s full of feel-good ingredients, including lots of protein and omega-3s.  Partly because it isn’t overly sweet, just lightly tossed with a bit of honey or maple syrup.  Partly because it’s perfectly crunchy, and easy to customize with whatever ingredients you love most.  But mainly, I just love this granola recipe because it is downright delicious.

So if you’re on the search for a back-pocket, tried-and-true, perfectly-crunchy, all-kinds-of-flavorful, feel-good granola recipe of your own, I highly recommend giving this one a try.  I think you’re going to love it!

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Healthy Granola

Homemade Granola Ingredients:

To make this homemade granola recipe, you will need:

  • Old-fashioned oats: Also known as rolled oats.  If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to double-check that the brand you buy is certified GF.
  • Nuts: I almost always use slivered almonds in my granola.  But feel free to replace them with your favorite nuts or seeds (like pepitas or sunflower seeds).
  • Chia seeds: I like sprinkling these in for extra omega-3s, but feel free to omit them if you prefer.
  • Melted coconut oil: Or your preferred kind of oil.
  • Honey: Or maple syrup.
  • Ground cinnamon, fine sea salt and vanilla extract: To flavor the granola.
  • Flaky coconut: Or you can use shredded coconut, or omit the coconut altogether.

How To Make Granola

How To Make Granola:

Alright, let’s talk about how to make granola!  Simply:

  1. Toss together (most of) the dry ingredients.  Oats, almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt, that is.  We’ll save the coconut and any extra add-ins for later.
  2. Add the wet ingredients.  Whisk together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Then drizzle it over the dry ingredients and give everything a good toss until it’s evenly mixed.  Spread the mixture out evenly on a large parchment-covered baking sheet.
  3. Bake.  Let the mixture bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.  Then remove from the oven and give the mixture a thorough stir.
  4. Add coconut.  Then sprinkle the coconut evenly on top of the granola.  (We’re doing this so that it’s just lightly toasted and doesn’t overcook.)  And pop the baking sheet back in the oven for another 5 minutes, keeping a close eye on the coconut so that it doesn’t burn.  Then remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack.
  5. Let the granola cool.  Wait for about 20-30 minutes, or until the granola has completely cooled to room temperature.  Then use a spoon (or your fingers) to break it up into your desired size of clumps.
  6. (Optional) Add your mix-ins.  Then at this point, if you plan to add any chocolate chips, dried fruit, or other add-ins, go ahead and stir them in.  And finally…
  7. Enjoy!  You can either serve the granola right away.  Or transfer it to a sealed container, and it should keep for up to 1 month.

Best Granola Recipe

Possible Variations:

Want to customize your granola a bit more?  Feel free to add in extra:

  • Dried fruit: Any kind of chopped dried fruit would be delicious here.
  • Chocolate chips: As would, of course, your favorite kind of chocolate chips.
  • Peanut butter: Feel free to stir in 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (stir it into the melted coconut mixture) if you would like.
  • Warming spices: I’ve kept the recipe simple below with just using ground cinnamon.  But feel free to add in any other additional warming spices that you love, such as ground nutmeg, cloves, ginger and/or allspice.

Healthy Granola Recipe with Almond Milk and Blueberries

More Favorite Granola Recipes:

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite granola recipes too!

The BEST Healthy Granola Recipe

Enjoy, everyone! 💛

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Healthy Granola Recipe

The BEST Healthy Granola!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 6 cups 1x

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This truly is the BEST healthy granola recipe!  It’s quick and easy to make, it’s naturally sweetened with (just a little) maple syrup, and so flavorful and delicious.  See above for more ideas on how to customize your granola too.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt until evenly combined.
  3. In a separate measuring cup, stir together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract until combined.  Pour the coconut oil mixture into the oats mixture, and stir until evenly combined.
  4. Spread the granola out evenly on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.  Then remove from the oven, add the coconut, and give the mixture a good stir.  Bake for 5 more minutes, until the granola is lightly toasted and golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire baking rack.  Let cool until the granola reaches room temperature.  Then stir in the dried fruit, chocolate chips or any other optional add-ins you might prefer.
  6. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.


Notes

Gluten-free option: If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use certified GF oats.

Fine sea salt: Note that if you use iodized (table) salt instead, you will need to use less salt.

The Best Healthy Granola Recipe

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146 comments on “The BEST Healthy Granola!”

  1. I found this recipe a bit salty and a bit heavy on the oil.

  2. I just made this with the ingredients I had on hand (I used pepitas I place of the almonds, hemp seeds instead of chia seeds and shredded coconut) , but otherwise followed the recipe exactly and this is SO delicious! I will definitely continue to use this recipe!

  3. Excellent, I subbed some sugar, and melted it with some maple syrup and a couple tablespoons of water in the microwave, so I could use less maple syrup, the kids loved it, perfect balance of flavor

  4. This is SO good! I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe.

  5. This is my very favorite granola recipe. I love it in the morning with fruit and yogurt. Thank you :-).

  6. Just made this granola and it’s divine, so easy to make and tastes delicious

  7. What is interesting is in your video you use peanut butter however in your recipe there’s no mention of it so I didn’t know exactly how much to add so I just grabbed about three tablespoons and mix it in it took a little longer to cook but it’s so delicious, thank you!

  8. Ali your recipe is awesome, I made this for my friends and they say it’s best Granola they have tasted ! Do you make protein balls as well ?

  9. I made a mini batch this morning as can’t seem to find any good granola after moving to Czech. I will definitely be making again, delicious without being too sweet.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Silvered almonds got burnt when it went in with the oats. I recommend maybe adding it with the coconut to prevent it from getting burnt. Overall, good recipe.

  11. Too much for one baking sheet. Split between 2 if you want the oats to actually toast. Also, I used only 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and that was plenty. If you don’t want your granola to be “cinnamon flavored” but have a hint of cinnamon I suggest reducing from the 2 teaspoons.

  12. The best granola ever ! So easy to make ❤️

  13. what is the nutritional value of this granola without fruit or anything else. I need to give it a point value since I am on Weight Watchers? By the way it is DELICIOUS!!!!

  14. Made this today I added walnuts and sunflower seeds. Used the honey and chia seeds. Turned out delicious.
    Was curious about the nutritional values
    Will be making it again

  15. This recipe is a hit. My oven seems to brown a bit faster, so I turned the time done to about 18 min and then only another 2 with the coconut—doesn’t take long. Perfect amount of sweetness. And easily modifiable. Thanks for putting the fruit in at the end, too.

    Have made twice, and it’s now my go-to. :)

  16. Gah, I forgot to rate the recipe with my last comment!

  17. my first time make my own. made a small batch for my parfait today and it was delish! thanks for sharing.

  18. I’ve been making this granola fortnightly for Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space Community. For rough sleepers & hungry people. For anyone. It’s a Winner! Thanks for sharing.

  19. I have a stock of oats which I just cook with mashed bananas, cinnamon and vanilla and milk. I used to buy granola cereal but with this recipe, those days of buying them are gone. I used pecans instead of almonds and dried tart cherries for the fruit then followed the recipe as is. At least now, I know what is in my granola. This recipe is an enlightenment. It is so delicious and decadent. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Outstanding granola! Not sweet and very healthy. I used 1/2 the salt and a bit less oil. Bravo!

  21. I added cashews instead because that is what I had on hand, and also pepitas, chia seeds, shredded coconut, and chopped,dried apricots. I did cook it a bit longer. After the 25 minutes, I lowered the heat to 300 degrees and cooked an additional 10-15 minutes so it would get good and toasty. So yummy!

  22. My husband took one bite and said, “This is WAY better than what you can get in a store!” We love the balance that the salt brings to the sweetness of fruit and yogurt. As new to making our own homemade granola, I love the ease and flexibility of this recipe. Although you don’t get the big clusters that some other recipes highlight, you also don’t have to bake this for hours on end (a plus in the summer for this northerner transplanted to the Deep South). We’ll add this to the already LONG LIST of recipes from Ali that become our staples (google now regularly suggests “Gimme Some Oven” to complete my food-related searches because she is my go-to for recipes)!

  23. Just made this for the first time and it’s pretty good. I used walnuts and olive oil because that is what I had. I don’t recommend walnuts tbh as they have a pretty strong flavour. I don’t really notice the olive oil taste but will try a quarter cup of coconut oil the next time I make this.