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.
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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!
The Best Healthy Granola Recipe | 1-Minute Video
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:
Alright, let’s talk about how to make granola! Simply:
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.
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.
Bake. Let the mixture bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven and give the mixture a thorough stir.
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.
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.
(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…
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.
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.
More Favorite Granola Recipes:
Be sure to check out some of my other favorite granola recipes too!
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.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt until evenly combined.
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.
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.
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.
Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
I found this recipe a bit salty and a bit heavy on the oil.
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!
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
This is SO good! I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe.
This is my very favorite granola recipe. I love it in the morning with fruit and yogurt. Thank you :-).
Just made this granola and it’s divine, so easy to make and tastes delicious
Thanks so much.
This recipe will help me cut cost of buying Granola. And enable me have my flavour of choice.
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!
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 ?
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!
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.
I’ve made this recipe at least four times now and am currently making it again, it’s so good! Some variations I’ve done are adding some cocoa powder to make it chocolate granola, adding air fried apple slices, adding some butterscotch chips in at the end, and adding mixed nuts.
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.
The best granola ever ! So easy to make ❤️
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!!!!
Did you ever find out the nutritional value? I would also like to know. Thanks!
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
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. :)
Gah, I forgot to rate the recipe with my last comment!
my first time make my own. made a small batch for my parfait today and it was delish! thanks for sharing.
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.
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.
Outstanding granola! Not sweet and very healthy. I used 1/2 the salt and a bit less oil. Bravo!
Made this and it looks great and taste as well
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!
This is a go-to for me! Super simple and my family loves. I do not feel ok with putting the chia or hemp in the high temp for toasting (destroys omegas. .. :( So, I add them in after it has cooled. This is a legit recipe. TQ!
I love this granola – I’ve made it several times, with different nuts and it’s always tasty.
I don’t add salt as I don’t think it needs it.
Thanks for sharing :)
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)!
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.
I was so looking forward to this granola. Unfortunately, it was completely burnt after 10 min in the oven. I’m not sure what went wrong :(
Update: I made this a second time, stirring more frequently, and it turned out great! You just have to keep an eye on it and stir a lot to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Fantastic Granola! I have made this three times. Last time I had some dates I chopped up, soaked in a bit of hot water then dumped it in a pot with honey and coconut oil to melt and boil. Then I added all the dry ingredients quickly to the pot, gave it a good mix then straight onto a tray and into the oven. I also added cornflakes. The mix stuck to the dates creating clusters and the cornflakes went super crunchy. I’ll definitely be continuing to make with recipe with those changes. SO GOOD! Thank you!!
Last time I made this fantastic granola I chopped up some dried dates, soaked them in hot water then added them to honey and coconut oil in a big pot till boiling. Then quickly added the dry mix and cornflakes, gave it a good stir then onto a tray and into the oven. The mix stuck to the dates creating clusters and the cornflakes went super crunchy. I’ll definitely keep making this granola with those changes! SO GOOD. Thank you!!
Have not made yet. What is the nutritional value for this granola & the energy balls? Thanks, Gail
This is my go-to granola recipe! It’s so perfect and delicious! I love that the sugars are minimal and that you can either snack on it, put it on yogurt or even use it as cereal!! I omit the chia seeds (I love them but find it impossible not have to pick them out of my teeth later) and add pecans and walnuts in addition to the slivered almonds. Thank you so much for the yummy recipe!
PURE Deliciousness!! Add-Ins I used were peanut butter chips and mini chocolate chips. Did not have almonds so I added raw cashews that I chopped up. Yummmmmm! Definitely making again and NEVER buying store bought granola!!!
This recipe is the first granola I ever made! I used cashews, olive oil, raisins, and craisins, and I cut the recipe in half. I didn’t have any coconut. It came out delicious! I will definitely make it again. Thanks for the inspiration!
This was so easy, versatile and delicious to make! We loved it!
Love this recipe. I would however like to know how many calories there are
This is simply the best thing since sliced bread!!!!! I love it!! Thank you for sharing this. I use honey instead of maple syrup. I put almonds ,pecans, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds too!
Love this recipe! I add the chocolate chips in after it is out of the oven and stir it around so it’s evenly coated chocolate granola mmmmmm. Thanks!
Best granola ever! I love adding dried cranberries and peaches. Always turns out delicious!!
I just made this and it smells divine! I added raisins, dried cranberries and dates. This is the best granola I have ever had.
Would appreciate knowing how many calories are in this recipe. Thankyou
Just did this on an online recipe analyzer. Looks like 1/2 cup of this is about 375 calories. With that serving size it yields about 12 servings.
1serving size contains:
Total fat: 19 grams
Saturated fat 9.2 grams
Sodium 1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 43.4 g
Dietary fiber 6.4g
Total sugars 7g
Protein 7.7 grams
Way too salty, barely sweet (used honey instead of maple syrup), and the edges were burnt before I put the coconut in (even stirred it halfway). Hoping to do a modified version with WAY less salt, more honey, and at a lower temp.
So good and easy too!
The best granola!
Great recipe for eating a healthy breakfast!
I will never need another granola recipe. I’ve used this for months and love it. 2Tbs in a 1/2 Cup Plain Greek yogurt, fresh blueberries, strawberries and. 1 TB of sugar-free honey makes the perfect breakfast or lunch, especially if following WW.
Really delicious and easy to make! Love the fact that it isn’t super sweet and also love the saltiness! I make this and share it with our whole family. They think I am the best because of you!
We had to reduce the salt, too. We used about 1/2 tsp or slightly less. If you are using peanut butter you might want to reduce the oil since peanut butter has a fair amount of oil in it already.
We also cook the nuts separately – each type of nut by itself – and add them in later. The nuts come in different shapes and sizes and they don’t cook at the same rate as each other, much less the oats.
Overall a nice recipe, though.
I calculated the ingredients and it’s 303 calories per 1/4 cup
This was so good I couldn’t stop snacking on it! I winged it with the salt and subbed honey for the maple syrup and omg did it end up so so so good! I didn’t even know I could like granola this much!
Thank you for this recipe! I’ve had “make homemade granola” on my cooking #bucketlist for too long and finding this recipe made me finally do it. It has the right balance of lightly sweet combined with crunchiness and chewiness! I shared some with a friend and she loved it too and asked for the recipe. I’m going to try a couple more of your granola recipes and will try the granola cups for my next afternoon tea! Thank you so much!