The Best Healthy Granola

An easy recipe to make the best homemade healthy granola. It’s much cheaper than store-bought, naturally sweetened and so flavorful! 

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This is my basic, go-to recipe for granola. I’ve made it a million times (slight exaggeration here but I’m close!) and even though I love its variations (pumpkin, apple pie or chocolate! – see below) I always come back to it because it’s super simple yet so good.

I believe all of us healthy foodies need a good granola recipe we can use over and over again, and I’m hoping this one will be the one for you!

Eat your granola as a snack or for breakfast, on its own, with some milk or Greek yogurt or a smoothie topping!

Ok, let me show how we make it!

Healthy Granola Ingredients

  • Oats

Rolled oats, also know as old-fashioned oats, are best for granola

  • Nuts and Seeds

My go-to mix is almond, pecans and hazelnuts, but you can also use walnuts, cashews or any of your favorite nut.

Seeds are perfect too: think sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), flax seeds, hemp seeds and even chia seeds.

  • Oil

Coconut oil (refined to avoid the coconut taste, or unrefined for a very light coconut taste).

You can also use a light tasting olive oil.

  • Natural liquid sweeteners

Maple syrup or honey.

  • Spices and salt

For this basic recipe, I use cinnamon. You can also try adding ginger (no more than a teaspoon), nutmeg (just a pinch), pumpkin spice or gingerbread spice.

Don’t skip the salt, it brings out the flavors.

  • Dried fruits

Dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, strawberries… any of your favorite dried fruits. Add them after baking.

Skip them altogether to lower the sugar content.

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How to make homemade granola

  • Steps 1 & 2 – mix all the dry ingredients: oats, shredded coconut (optional), nuts and cinnamon.
  • Step 3 – add the wet ingredients (maple syrup and melted coconut oil) and mix until thoroughly combined

Three step by step photos to make healthy granola

  • Steps 4 & 5 – Transfer to a lined baking sheet, spread the mixture into a thick layer (about 3/4 inc – 1.5/2 cm) and with a wooden spoon, press down the granola on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Step 6 – Bake for about 30 minutes at 300F/150C. Remove from the oven and add the dried fruits. Let it cool completely before breaking into pieces and storing in an air-tight container.

Three step by step photos to bake healthy granola with clusters

Tips to make clumpy granola

  • The granola needs to be a bit crowded on the baking sheet so it sticks together, but not so much as it won’t toast nicely. A thickness of about 3/4 inches is ideal.
  • Press the granola on the baking sheet with a wooden spoon or spatula
  • Don’t mix your granola mid-baking. It’s not only not necessary, it actually tends to break the granola clusters.
  • Let the granola cool completely before breaking it into pieces and storing it.
  • Keep the granola in the fridge to keep it crunchy and clumpy.

Homemade granola on a baking tray with a wooden spoon

Granola flavor variations 

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Granola (click for the recipe): this recipe is made with cocoa powder and hazelnuts. It reminds me of Ferrero Rochers! You can also add chocolate chips for an extra chocolate dose.
  • Pumpkin Granola (click for the recipe): a classic for Fall! Made with warming spice pumpkin spices and pumpkin puree.
  • Dates, Cashew and Honey Granola (click for the recipe): the title says it all! Sweet and delicious 🙂
  • Apple Pie: instead of 4 teaspoons of cinnamon, add 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom. Use dried apples instead of cranberries.

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Healthy Granola

An easy recipe to make the best homemade healthy granola. It's much cheaper than store-bought, naturally sweetened and so flavorful! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, brunch, dried fruit, granola, healthybreakfast, kid-friendly, snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 cups
Calories 513 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats also known as old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut unsweetened – optional
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts roughly chopped – I used a mix of almonds, hazelnuts and pecans
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted – I used refined coconut oil to avoid the coconut taste
  • 2/3 cup cranberries or your favorite dried fruits – roughly chopped if large

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F / 150 C degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: oats, shredded coconut, nuts, cinnamon and salt.

  3. Add the wet ingredients: maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix thoroughly until well combined and all the oats look wet. 

  4. Transfer on prepared baking sheet, spread the mixture into a 3/4"-thick layer (about 1.5/2 cm) and with a wooden spoon, press down the granola on the prepared baking sheet. 

    A thick layer and pressing down the granola is key to getting clusters! 

    If you prefer your granola without clusters, spread the mixture as much as possible and don't press it down. 

  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

    All ovens are different so start checking around 20-25 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn. 

  6. Remove from the oven, spread the dried fruits on top and let it cool completely. 

    DO NOT TOUCH the granola before it's completely cooled down. It's key to make it crunchy and clumpy!

  7. When cool, break it into pieces and store in an air-tight container – ideally in the fridge to keep it extra crunchy.

Recipe Notes

Flavor variations:

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Granola (click for the recipe): this recipe is made with cocoa powder and hazelnuts. It reminds me of Ferrero Rochers! You can also add chocolate chips for an extra chocolate dose.
  • Pumpkin Granola (click for the recipe): a classic for Fall! Made with warming spice pumpkin spices and pumpkin puree.
  • Dates, Cashew and Honey Granola (click for the recipe): the title says it all! Sweet and delicious 🙂
  • Apple Pie: instead of 4 teaspoons of cinnamon, add 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom. Use dried apples instead of cranberries.  

 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Granola
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Potassium 398mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 20g
Protein 10g 20%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published on August 31, 2012 and republished in April 2019 with a brand new recipe, new photos and more tips.

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17 Comments
  1. Do you mean sweetened condensed milk, like I’d use for Magic Cookie Bars? That sounds intriguing. I’ve been making my own granola for 10-12 years now, but I like that idea. If you’re interested, I have found that adding wheat germ helps the granola “clump” better. I usually make mine tropical with a lot of different nuts, banana chips, and coconut. Yummy!

  2. I normally just mix granola with cream and it it raw. I’m gonna try your suggestion and mix it with condensed milk! Thanks!

  3. Oh, Marie. This granola recipe comes at the perfect time. I have a can of sweetened condensed milk left in the pantry and would love to use it for this recipe! This granola looks so crunchy!

  4. Wow, I love granola but i’ve never thought to make it myself! Thank you for the recipe and all the possible flavor variations! Hazelnut and chocolate, yum!!

  5. It has cinnamon so two thumbs up. Don’t remember when I last ate Granola but this looks so good. Adding Cinnamon is genius because not only does it cut what little sweeteners you used, it creates an amazing taste sensation with Granola. Now if you agree to use Ceylon Cinnamon we will send you a free bag of the very best organic Ceylon Cinnamon. Just e-mail us with your shipping address.

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