The BEST Healthy Granola!

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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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, 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!

The BEST Healthy Granola Recipe

Enjoy, everyone! 💛

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Healthy Granola Recipe
4.9 from 38 reviews

The BEST Healthy Granola!

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

Description

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

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats*
  • 1 cup slivered almonds (or your preferred kind of nuts/seeds)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (optional)
  • 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 or semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

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 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, 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

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

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84 comments on “The BEST Healthy Granola!”

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! I followed the recipe (easy and quick!) added in pecans and cherries.

  2. 5 stars
    So good!! I love that all the ingredients are already in the pantry. Thank you Ali for all the great recipes!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for this great granola recipe. We all love it and I’ve been doubling the recipe and still have to make it every three weekor so. I do add some extra nuts, some wheat germ and lots of unsweetened flake coconut. So good!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious!!

  5. I’m health conscious and always need nutrition information and sadly, most recipes do not offer this. This would be very helpful to us that need this vital information. Recipe sound yummy!

  6. 5 stars
    I am about the make this granola for the third time. I am absolutely obsessed!

  7. 5 stars
    This was my first time making granola and I LOVE this recipe. It smells wonderful and tastes even better. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. mmm, this looks so good!!!!
    I can;t wait to try it!!

  9. 5 stars
    Easy to make. Good flavour. It will be my go to granola.

  10. 5 stars
    Love this simple recipe! I’ve been meaning to make my own granola for a while …what took me so long! When I googled granola and your site popped up I knew it would be a winner and again you are spot on! Keep those great recipes coming!

  11. 5 stars
    Will you please provide the nutrition information for “The Best Healthy Granola” and the “Irresistible Peanut Butter Granola”? Thank you.

  12. Wanting to keep it relatively healthy, how much choc. chips would you add??

  13. 3 stars
    What’s up with all the salt? I made this exactly as specified and it tasted like Chex Mix Party Snack. So here’s my advice to others….think about your salt tolerance and proceed with caution. I’ll try it again with less. Otherwise it looks good.

  14. Pretty good – though mine did not “clump” much.
    Why is parchment paper used? I didn’t have it, so I just used a naked pan. It was fine.
    Of course, I had to wash the pan, but that was no particular trouble.

  15. Made this a few time with differt nuts always very good I also made it with honey instead of maple syrup. I wish I could make it with more clusters, any ideas?

  16. 5 stars
    Wow! I added walnuts and a small amount of orange blossom water and it came out superb!

  17. 4 stars
    Debbie– I’m pretty sure that there are websites or “apps” that can take your ingredients, do the computations and give you the nutrition information. They’re called recipe nutrition calculators or recipe analyzers….

    Yes!
    (Took 3 tries, but that ‘Siri’ feature finally) found a few: First of all, the blogger at Zip Recipes (dot net) did some of that legwork, rating 2 options for us (Happyforks and Verywell.) It seems to me the post seems written geared toward food bloggers, but does seem easy enough. A second blogger, One Ingredient Chef (dot) com is also happy using Verywell

  18. 5 stars
    Really good recipe! Although Id had to say I used butter instead of Coconut Oil because….I just love butter..:) I also added some toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts! Just WONDERFUL!

  19. 5 stars
    Excellent. Easy and so good. Used honey in place of syrup and added pecans. On my second batch😁