Almond Granola

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So delicious and healthy (plus super easy), with toasted coconut and honey, Almond Granola is great to top off a parfait, mix in cereal, or just eat plain!

We’re obsessed with this honey-almond variation on regular granola; some other flavors to try next are peanut butter granola or this chocolate granola.

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How to use Almond Granola

This Almond Granola is my husband’s favorite! When we lived in Australia, he traveled up to five days a week for work, so I’d make a big batch of this granola and these healthy blueberry muffins for him to take on the go. With his busy schedule and lots of flights, I wanted him to have a few snacks he loved. Sometimes I’d make a double batch of Almond Granola so it would actually last the four or five days he was gone.

This granola is incredible on its own as a snack and it makes a delicious addition to a parfait, yogurt bowl, or açaí bowl. We even like it for cereal with some milk poured on top.

And if you’re wanting to go further than the above ideas, here’s a list of 34 other ways to use your homemade granola

Process shots showing all the ingredients being added to a bowl, mixed together, and then spread on a sheet pan.

How to make Almond Granola

The collage of photos shows a quick overview of how to make this recipe. The numbered photos above correlate with the descriptions below.

  1. Combine the oats and sliced almonds in a large bowl.
  2. Add all the wet ingredients to a bowl: Coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Stir to combine the wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Pour over the oats and almonds.
  5. Scrape out every bit of the wet ingredients into the dry.
  6. Stir until all the oats and almonds are well coated.
  7. Spread out on a lined baking sheet and bake.
  8. Toss cooled almond granola with toasted coconut flakes and dried cranberries or cherries.

Image of Almond Granola in a bowl with a spoon in it.

Variations

Make this almond granola your own! Below are some ways to change it up to your preference.

  • Different dried fruit: Dried sweet or tart cherries are a delicious alternative to dried cranberries. Or try a different dried fruit like raisins, dried chopped mango, currants etc.
  • Add mini chocolate chips: If you love chocolate in granola, add 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips to the cooled and hardened granola.
  • Switch up the nuts: Obviously this is almond granola, but really any nut works here. Walnuts, pecans, pistachios, etc. are all great; just make sure to give the nuts a quick coarse chop before adding them in.
  • Leave out the coconut: If you aren’t a fan of coconut, this granola is totally fine without it (no other changes necessary).
  • Add seeds: Replace 1/4 cup of the almonds with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • Add a sprinkle of sea salt: If you like sweet and salty, add some Maldon® sea salt after pulling the granola from the oven.

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Almond Granola

5 from 3 votes
Delicious and healthy (plus super easy) with toasted coconut and honey, Almond Granola is great to top off a parfait, mix in cereal, or just eat plain!
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Almond Granola

5 from 3 votes
Delicious and healthy (plus super easy) with toasted coconut and honey, Almond Granola is great to top off a parfait, mix in cereal, or just eat plain!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Almond Granola
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 395kcal
Cost $3.23

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (291g) old fashioned oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup (67g) slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (120g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (68g) melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (75g) light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick Silpat liner and set aside. Measure out the oats and slivered almonds in a large bowl and set aside.
  • WET INGREDIENTS: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey, 1/3 cup coconut oil (measure when it's melted and not in the hardened state), 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar (measured lightly packed), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk to combine (microwave for 10-15 seconds if needed to get to stir-able consistency). The oil tends to come to the top, but just mix until as well combined as possible.
  • COMBINE: Pour the honey mixture into the oat and almond mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined and all parts of the oats and almonds are coated.
  • BAKE: Spread the granola evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 21 minutes total, flipping and stirring the granola every 7 minutes.
  • LET HARDEN: Remove and allow the granola to set up at room temperature. (It may be soft and not very "granola-like", but it hardens as it dries out so be careful to not over-cook it). Once cool, stir in the toasted coconut flakes and the dried cranberries.
  • STORE: Store in airtight container, out of sunlight, at room temperature for 3-4 weeks (do not refrigerate). Freeze any leftovers for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 6servings | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.4g | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 24.9g | Sodium: 9.4mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 31.3g

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23 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    That’s so awesome that you got to start your year off by seeing your best friend! I keep saying this, but… I have a feeling this is going to be a very good year 😀 And speaking of very good… this granola looks amazing. I’m seriously loving all the flavours and textures — this would be dangerous around me 😆 Pinned!

  2. sounds like you had a fabulous reunion with your sister!! I love that she is serving at a church mission in Finland. . that’s pretty awesome!! and this granola!!! love. . I could seriously eat this everyday this year! Here’s to a great 2015 for us all!!

  3. 5 stars
    Twinning with the granola recipes today! I love vanilla/almond as a combination and the added coconut and honey- winning!

    I had a friend who did exchange in Finland and I swear seeing the language in writing is just as cool as hearing it out!

  4. This granola sounds fantastic! I, like everyone else, am compiling healthy recipes for my meal planner, and I’m totally adding this. Sounds like your New Years was super exciting! Happy 2015!

  5. Having your sister come home sounds like the best way to spend your new year 🙂 And this granola looks amazing! Love the roasted coconut and almonds! I could snack on this all day long! Happy Happy New Year, Chelsea!

  6. Aww what a wonderful way to start the new year!

    And this granola sounds fantastic! I haven’t made a batch in far far too long … coconut honey and almond?? Yess!

  7. One of my good friends from high school went on his mission about a year after we graduated. He was in Mexico, and since he only had a few minutes of computer time per week, we actually wrote old-fashioned letters back and forth. It was really fun to receive snail mail, but it was even more exciting to see him after he returned. I can only imagine how much better it was for your and your sister! 🙂 And this granola… Just one word: YUM! Pinned!

  8. Hi Chelsea! I just wanted to say you’re an absolute legend.
    This is my all time favourite recipe for granola. I’ve made it every week since finding it. Thank you so much for sharing, it’s a winner! ❤️?

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe has been on my list of things to make for so long! I normally buy coconut cranberry granola from Trader Joes for my hubby, so I thought he might like this instead. This was my first time making granola and the first attempt was an epic fail – burnt inedibly at 17 minutes, probably because I was too lazy to calibrate my antique oven. So I whipped it up again and after only twelve minutes of monitoring, success! Hubby said he liked this way better than the kind from the store. I don’t like cranberries or coconut and even I was munching on it!

    I’ve also made your apple muffins with Greek yogurt and healthy chocolate chip cookies, both fantastic :-). I’ll be poking around for more recipes to try!

    1. Oh no!! Don’t you hate it that all ovens aren’t perfectly calibrated?! So glad you were able to figure out the baking time in your oven and that this granola was a huge success! 🙂 I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the recipes you’ve tried and I appreciate your comment! Definitely let me know what you try next 🙂

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