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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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199 comments on “Healthy Granola”

  1. This is so delicious! I didn’t even want to add anything!

  2. I made this last night and I LOVE it. I really love granola but really don’t want all of the sugar. I pecans on hand so I used those instead of almonds and it was *chefs fingers kiss*.This was the perfect add in to my yogurt today! Thank you:)

  3. What is the amount of sugar per serving in this receipe?

  4. I love it, but how do I know how many calories it is?

  5. So good i’ve made this several times and it’s perfect every time. This time i added in some ground flax seed for some extra fiber and i use honey instead of maple syrup. So yummy!

  6. This was so, so good! I love that it isn’t too sweet.

  7. Is this safe to eat without milk? I wasn’t sure becaus of the chia seeds if I could eat this just by itself or if it needs to be in liquid to make chia seeds safe?

  8. Hi there what’s the calorie count on this!

  9. Word of advice, don’t burn it. But if you do, just add more chocolate chips!

  10. I’m looking for the nutritional information before I make this. Could you please provide that?

  11. This tasted great before I put it in the oven. Unfortunately mine burned. The only reason I can think of, is that I halved the recipe. Very bummed. I don’t really want to risk making it again wasting all those ingredients. Any ideas?

    • Mine did at first too. I started baking in smaller increments to prevent burning. So I bake 7 mins, stir, bake 7 more mins. Then if it’s not quite crispy yet I put it in maybe 2-3 mins more.

  12. This is THE BEST granola! I’m not a big fan of coconuts, so I replaced that with pecans. I also use a little less maple syrup. So good! Sometimes I just pour some milk on top and eat like cereal. Love to always have a stash of this in the pantry.

    • I also add a little flax and reduce to about 16-17 mins to prevent burning. If using pecans, I added those in after 7 minutes because they were burning when they were in for the full time.

  13. If I leave out the coconut (I dislike it intensely) would I need to change the amount of the other ingredients?

  14. For those wanting nutritional information, it’s really hard to standardize as almost everyone tinkers with granola in some way. I put the recipe as written into the VeryWellFit.com recipe calculator and got 292 calories for a 1/2 cup serving WITHOUT CHOCOLATE CHIPS OR DRIED FRUIT because I forgot them. This website also gives you fat content, carbs, protein, etc but y’all can obviously work teh inter webs.

    Overall I love this recipe. It’s very flexible; the liquids are just a binder and sweetener so don’t overthink it. Toss extra stuff in, leave stuff out, whatever. Just watch it carefully and stir often til you get a feel for how long it takes.

  15. Delicious Granola!
    Thank you SoMuch!!
    🍁🧡🍁
    👏👏👏♥️♥️♥️👏👏👏