How to make homemade granola with rolled oats, almonds, honey, and vanilla. Save a little money and make granola at home. Jump to the Homemade Granola Recipe
We’ve been experimenting with a homemade granola for quite some time now. We aren’t huge breakfast people, but also tend to get grumpy when we don’t eat anything before noon. So we’ve thought up a few simple breakfasts for the weekday. Yogurt with this homemade granola is one of our favorites.
You may also enjoy these homemade granola bars or this simple recipe for honey butter!
How to Make Granola at Home
We like store-bought granola, but it can be expensive and often has too much sugar added for our liking. This granola recipe is our solution. It’s much cheaper than what we can buy at the store (especially since we almost always have old fashioned oats, honey and vanilla on hand).
It’s incredibly versatile so while we’ve added almonds, you can add whatever you have in the pantry — pecans would be amazing!
The other thing we love about this granola recipe is that we use honey. It’s clean and tastes better than regular sugar. (We love using a pure local honey). We don’t add a ton of honey, either. Instead, we like the granola to be lightly sweetened, not sugary.
For the fat, melted butter is delicious, but extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or nut oils would also be wonderful. Simply toss butter or oil, honey, and vanilla extract with rolled oats and sliced almonds then spread out onto a baking sheet.
You’ll need to bake the granola anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes. While it bakes, give the granola a good stir a few times. When done, the granola will be crunchy and golden brown. Once cool, enjoy with yogurt, milk, or alone. It even keeps for up to 2 weeks!
Recipe updated, originally posted October 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Homemade Honey Almond Granola
Making granola at home is simple. The base is made from rolled oats and sliced almonds, but you could certainly add more. Raisins, currants, other types of nuts, dried figs, cherries … the list can go on. Think of homemade granola as pantry spring cleaning. Have a tiny bit of nuts left in a bag at the back of your pantry? Add it to your granola.
You Will Need
2 cups (170 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup (75 grams) sliced almonds
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (substitute with melted coconut oil or butter)
3 tablespoons pure honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
2Combine oats and sliced almonds in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, stir olive oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt then toss with the oats and nuts until well coated.
3Spread into one layer on baking sheet, and then bake, stirring every 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown; 20 to 30 minutes. Towards the end of the baking time, check your granola every few minutes to prevent it from over-browning.
4Transfer to a cooling rack and let the granola cool completely. Store cooled granola in an airtight container up to two weeks.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.
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Wow, thank you very much for this simple and amazing recipe. I really appreciate. God bless you.
I doubled the recipe on 12” x 18” baking sheet, cut the amount of cinnamon by half and put the temperature at 340. Took about 24 minutes to cook.
Im a scientific cook! Meaning i like finding recipes and get a general idea of what to do then add my own things. I was needing a granola that included ingredients that would help lower cholesterol and assist with my chocolate cravings. So i added some raisins, and 100% cocoa powder, cashews, almonds, salted peanuts, honey,coconut oil and a little bit of water. OMGosh, very very delicious ended up with a chewy salty crunchy sweet granola that my kids prefer over candy! Thank you so much for this version it was helpful in me creating a wonderful snack that i feel good about eating and feeding to my children.
Could you share your granola recipe
I followed the directions and it was ready at 20 minutes, with only turning them twice. I used coconut oil instead of butter and it was really tasty, I would like them a bit crunchier, should I avoid the coconut oil? Very easy and very good.
When using butter, should it be clarified due to excess water in the butter?
Hi Jeff, we do not use clarified butter for this.
My son is a yogurt and granola freak and I am non-GMO freak so finding this simple recipe was awesome! We literally just finished making it and love it. Thanks!!
Hi. Tried it twice. Was yummmm!! But it kind of hardened after cooling.. was a jaw exercise to eat! So can u tell me.. at what “chewiness” should we remove it from the oven. Thanks.
Hi there, we remove the granola when it is light golden brown. It should be pretty crunchy.
Could olive oil be used in place of mentioned oils.
Hi Janet, Olive oil should be fine.