The BEST Healthy Granola!

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, it’s totally customizable, and so flavorful and delicious.  Homemade granola FTW!

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Happy New Year, friends!  💛

I thought we’d kick off the year with a month full of my go-to, feel-good, no-fuss, delicious favorite recipes this year, starting with the recipe that Barclay and I cook up constantly for breakfasts but I have never officially shared on the blog — my favorite homemade healthy granola recipe!!

I’ve shared a half dozen customized granola recipes over the years, each with various add-ins and seasonings.  But I realized recently that I’ve never shared my base healthy granola recipe with you.  It’s one I’ve made a zillion or so times over the years, and tweaked along the way to make it even healthier (with minimal sweetener!) and more flavorful.  And I stand by it.  It’s seriously the tastiest, crunchiest granola recipe I know.  Plus, it only takes about 10 minutes to prep, it’s easy to customize with your favorite nuts, sweetener, and add-ins (i.e. dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.), and it’s full of protein and omega-3s and other healthy nutrients that will help get your day off to a good start.

Let’s bake up some homemade granola together, shall we?

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So I’ve gotta say — I’m a big fan of dried fruit in my granola.  But I did a little Instagram survey last week asking whether people were pro-fruit or heck-no-fruit, and the results were neck-and-neck…but the no-fruit votes won in the end.  So this base recipe is notably unfruitful. 🙈

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That said, I’ve included instructions below for my fellow dried fruit lovers, if you’d like to sprinkle some in.

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Basically, the base recipe is simple.  You need

  • old-fashioned oats (and certified gluten-free, if making this GF)
  • slivered almonds (my fave, but you can sub in any favorite kind or combination of nuts)
  • chia seeds (extra omega-3s!)
  • coconut oil (or any favorite neutral-flavored oil)
  • maple syrup (or honey)
  • ground cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract (musts for flavor)
  • flaked coconut (my fave, or you can use shredded coconut)

Then, of course, you can add in any other favorite ingredients, such as dried fruit, chocolate chips, various seasonings, etc.

Mix everything up in a large mixing bowl…

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…then bake on a parchment-covered baking sheet until golden (waiting to add the coconut in until halfway through cooking, so that it doesn’t burn).  Then once the granola is out of the oven, let it rest on a cooling sheet (without messing with it!) until it reaches room temperature.  That way, some of those delicious clumps will form, and you can just break them up with your fingers to your preferred texture once the granola has cooled.

And then…voila!  Your healthy granola is ready to enjoy!

Dive right in…

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…or store in an airtight container for the weeks ahead.  (Breakfast and snacking meal prep FTW!)

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Enjoy, everyone.  And cheers to a happy and healthy new year ahead.  💛

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The BEST Healthy Granola!

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 below for ideas on how to customize your granola too!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats*
  • 1 cup slivered almonds (or your preferred nuts)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (or 1/2 cup shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (optional)

Directions:

  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 mixing 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, and 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.

Other optional add-ins could include:

  • Dried Fruit: raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots, dried pineapple, banana chips, you name it!
  • Chocolate: semisweet/dark/white chocolate chips, cacao nibs, etc.
  • Peanut Butter: feel free to stir up to 1/3 cup natural peanut butter into this recipe
  • Spices: a pinch of ground ginger, cloves, and/or nutmeg are great in this recipe; or I also love adding in everything bagel seasoning or chai spices

Also, feel free to sub in your favorite nuts in place of slivered almonds.  Options could include:

  • almonds (sliced or whole), cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pepitas, pistachios, sunflower seeds or walnuts.

If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats (and other ingredients).

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If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Hi! I have just enjoyed your December update video about your month in Barcelona! Thank you both for including all of us who have been enjoying your blog in this next stage of your life together! I am really loving your look back at favorite times and the hard times too. Learning a lot, and wishing you both a GREAT year in Barcelona!

  2. This recipe is similar to the granola I usually make, except mine doesn’t have cinnamon and does have dried cherries. I’ll have to try making a batch of your granola, and I will probably add fruit.

  3. Hello, I am excited to try your recipe. I love fruit and will be sure to add. Thanks

  4. This looks great! Should the almonds be raw?

  5. This looks so good, I’m making some today! The last batch of granola I made was pumpkin flavored and now that the Holidays are done I’m so over that for awhile! :) I love a nice big sprinkle of granola over my greek yogurt! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. This looks great, thank you. How could I make this into granola bars? Or do you have another healthy recipe for that?

    Rating: 5
  7. I made this tonight. Your timing was perfect as I needed a change in breakfast. A lot of my chia seeds stuck to the parchment paper. Is that normal?

    Rating: 4
    • Yay, thanks for giving it a try! And hmmm, mine often drop to the bottom a bit, but they usually don’t stick. Not sure why that would be…maybe they sat on the parchment a little too long before baking? Hopefully you can just scrape them off. :)

  8. Hi there
    I make granola on a regular basis
    as my family always gobbles it right up!
    I prefer to double even triple granola recipes
    Do you recommend?
    Should turn out just as tasty, non?
    Thanks
    Can’t wait to make this
    Martha

    • Sure thing, feel free to double or triple! You’ll just need to bake each batch on a different baking sheet so that it doesn’t overcrowd the pan. ;) Enjoy!

  9. I have never made granola but I will try your recipe.
    Wishing you both a Happy and Healthy New Year and looking forward to your blogs. Thank you so much! Your insights into a new and exciting time of your life are wonderful to read about.

  10. Sounds yummy! Chia seeds and I don’t get along, so I assume I can just leave them out! Happy New Year to you and Barclay!

  11. I see that you say it yields about 6 cups -what would you say the recommended serving size would be?

  12. The recipe sounds great. As a diabetic I would also appreciate having the fiber, Carbohydrates, protein and etc. included in the recipe. I may have to try this granola after I figure out the nutritional values.
    Thanks

  13. This looks very yummy, excited to start a new healthy year and will be making this recipe this weekend…any idea of calorie content?

    Thank you

  14. Made this yesterday and loved it! Really great flavor! I really appreciate that it’s not overly sweet too.

    Rating: 5
  15. Any issues replacing chia seeds with hemp hearts?

  16. Soooooo good! I’m so glad I made a double batch! Thanks for another great recipe, Ali.

    Rating: 5
  17. This sounds so delicious! And you can do so much with this recipe too!

  18. I made it yesterday, and it is absolutely delicious. I will definitely put this on repeat as I am on a major granola with greek yogurt and fruit kick right now:) My new favorite granola recipe, and I have made a few! The only thing I changed is that I added only 1 tsp of cinnamon this first time as my husband is not a cinnamon fan. But I think next time I will go ahead and try the recipe exactly as written. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  19. I knew the second I saw you making this on your Insta Story that I just had to make it myself! It is AMAZING and I now have a slight addiction to it! ;) My boys love it too. This will definitely become a staple in our house!

    Rating: 5
    • We totally demolished the first batch and I was having serious granola withdrawls so I just made another batch. This time I added in a little honey as well for extra sweetness and I used have vanilla extract and half almond extract. I can’t get enough of it!!

  20. I made this last week and was able to follow the recipe exactly, using what I already had in my pantry – bottom line, absolutely loved it, and my husband is a huge fan also! We’ve been enjoying it over homemade greek yogurt, along with berries and local honey…a great, fresh breakfast to break us out of the winter doldrums here in Chicago. Thanks for such a great recipe – I will definitely be making it again soon!

    Rating: 5
  21. I’d like to make this granola with the “everything bagel” seasoning suggestion, however, how much would you recommend? Also, I would assume you leave out the cinnamon, salt, and vanilla if going the more savory route? Thanks so much!

  22. Can you make this with old fashion oats instead of steel cut?

  23. I haven’t made granola for years so thought I’d start with a fresh recipe. I adjusted a few things, but the biggest thing for me would be to simply sprinkle the chia seeds on top of each serving as opposed to including them in the recipe. I also added sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Great base recipe!

    Rating: 4
  24. I just made this tonight for my son’s youth group event. I had to make extra to keep for myself! I used the almonds (all I had were whole almonds so I just gave them a rough chop). For the fruit, I used cranberries, and raisins. Is delicious!

    Rating: 5
  25. Just wanted to let you know, love this granola recipe!!! Great for mealprep for my hubby’s breakfast on the go and great for my preworkout meal when it’s too early to fix anything lol. Thank you! Delicious.

    Rating: 5
  26. Really loved this recipe – enjoyed mixing it into my yogurt at breakfast :) Basic recipe was delish I just added cashews and a small amount of walnuts. This week I am going to try adding crunchy peanut butter and substitute the chia seeds with hemp hearts!

    Rating: 5
  27. Very quick and easy and my family loves it!
    Thank you!!

  28. I’ve been making your granola cup recipe for almost a year now! Forgive me the cups take too long but I eat the granola every morning just like your husband. I big bowl of strawberries, blueberri8es, greek yogurt and granola with a cappuccino. LOVE IT!

  29. This recipe is so simple but oh so yummy and filling. I really enjoyed it. I added chocolate chips and dried fruits and it’s the best tasting granola I ever I had! Can’t wait to try your other recipes. Well done and thanks for sharing.
    Love from Nigeria!

    Rating: 5
  30. AMAZING!! I made the raspberry jam too and can’t wait to have them both with the yogurt….love your recipes! I look forward to making more of them 🙂💕 thanks so much for all you do!!!

    Rating: 5
  31. This is a great base granola recipe. I love the cinnamon and coconut flavors and the versatility of this recipe. Thank you!

  32. I have never made granola before. This recipe is so easy and delicious. Yummy love it. ❤️

    Rating: 5
  33. Did I miss something in the healthy granola recipe? How much oil? How much honey? How much vanilla? I’d love to try this but I don’t want to mess it up. thanks!

  34. Do you have macros and calories listed anywhere for recipes? Trying to track. Thanks, love your recipes and site!

  35. I am very happy to have found such a healthy and absolutely delicious recipe for granola! I LOVE the amount of cinnamon in it and the unsweetened coconut! Just had some mixed into vanilla Greek yogurt (Oikos Triple Zero) for breakfast, and it was AMAZING! Thanks so much!!

    Rating: 5
  36. Hi :) So trying out this recipe for the first time and all is going good, except i added my dried fruit (1/2 cup of raisins) before I put it in the oven. Will my granola be a clumpy meltemelted disaster?

  37. Question! I don’t love coconut, can I skip it?

  38. Don’t mess with perfection. This recipe IS the $5 per box granola that costs only 50¢ to make. Toasty, well-balanced. just the right amount of everything. Only mildly sweet. Perfection. I think I am sticking to this granola like honey to a spoon. Thanks, Gimme Some!

    Rating: 5
  39. I make this often and we LOVE it. Our friends love receiving it as gifts, too! The only thing I do differently is that I press it down before baking and leave it to bake without stirring, because we like it a bit chunky. I’m just about to make your cabbage and sausage soup to have for dinner!

    Rating: 5