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This honey almond granola is perfect on parfaits, smoothie bowls, and baked fruit and requires less than 10 minutes of prep work.

Almond Granola

It’s hard to not to love granola. Who can resist the sweet goodness of toasted oats and honey? It’s nice to purchase (especially from local sources), but lately Alex and I have had some fun trying to hone our own recipe. (And when I say hone, I mean remake every couple nights to vary each and every parameter. I feel like some kind of granola scientist!). Luckily, the granola research project came to a culmination with this honey almond granola recipe.

Notes on making this honey almond granola

Our goal for this honey almond granola was a recipe that was basic, easy, and healthy. We also only wanted to use natural sweetener – in this case, honey! When purchasing the honey for this recipe, try and find a local source for your honey if you can. Not only will the quality of the honey be better, but you’ll also be supporting local businesses, which we’re all about!

Granola is something you can easily personalize to your own taste with whatever types of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or sweeteners you’d like. The Kitchn shared a granola formula that we found particularly handy: combine about 8 cups dry ingredients (oats, nuts, and seeds) with 1 cup wet ingredients (1 part oil to 3 parts sweetener), then add 1 to 2 cups dried fruit after baking. You can use any type of dried fruit you like here: we used raisins, but substitute in dried cherries, apricots, or blueberries.

Want more with almonds? We’ve got 15 great almond recipes for you to try.

How to store granola

If you go through granola as quickly as we do, make a double batch of this honey almond granola and freeze it for later. You can freeze granola in a zip-top bag or an airtight container for a few months. Just set it out on your counter and wait for about 10 minutes for it to come to room temperature before digging in!

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Best ways to eat granola

There are so many ways you can enjoy granola besides in a breakfast parfait. A few of our favorite ways to munch on this honey almond granola are:

  • With milk—plain granola and milk is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Top with sliced fruit if you’re feeling extra hungry.
  • On a smoothie bowl—smoothie bowls are easy to make and are surprisingly filling. This tart cherry smoothie bowl is a good recipe to start with.
  • As a topping for baked or poached fruit—baked fruit is an underrated dessert. It’s the perfect treat during the winter and takes little effort to make. These poached pears with granola are incredible and look so much fancier than they actually are.
  • Mixed into popsicles—these açaí bowl popsicles are a simple summer treat everyone will enjoy. The granola at the bottom of the popsicle adds a unique texture to the popsicles.
  • In dessert parfaits—any creamy, layered treat is the perfect vehicle for crunchy granola. These healthy-ish pumpkin parfaits feature granola as a simple, yet elegant topping.
  • With peanut butter and sliced fruit—sliced fruit can be made more filling by dipping it in peanut butter and granola. The mix of textures and flavors hit the spot every time.

More homemade granola recipes

Want more granola? Try our Healthy Granola Recipe or Crispy Quinoa Granola.

This honey almond granola recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. To make it vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey.

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Honey Almond Granola

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x


This honey almond granola is perfect on parfaits, smoothie bowls, and baked fruit and requires less than 10 minutes of prep work.


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 ½ cups raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix ¼ cup vegetable oil, ¾ cup honey, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  3. Add 6 cups oats, 1 cup sliced almonds, and ½ cup slivered almonds. Stir with wooden spoon to evenly coat.
  4. Spread onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake around 45 minutes until golden, removing the pan to stir every 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely, then add 1 ½ cup raisins to the cooled mixture. Store in air-tight container.


To make this recipe vegan, use maple syrup or agave instead of honey.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Stacy says:

    Thank you for a perfect recipe! Your criteria for a great granola matched mine, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s not too sweet, not too cinnamon, not too honey, not to anything. Like you said, a great standard, go-to granola. Thanks for perfecting it so I don’t have to! ;)

  2. Katie @ OhShineOn says:

    I’m making an adapted version of this recipe as we speak! I never thought to add the raisins in after baking (I always just stir mine in before). What’s the difference?

    1. Alex says:

      I’m not sure! We’ve never baked the raisins — they probably get a little more dried out if you do?

  3. Lindsey@Lindselicious says:

    This is just what I was looking for. I love how you broke it down into a formula. Question- would fruit butters count as the oil? Thanks!

    1. penandra says:

      I use fruit puree in mine . . . unsweetened applesauce, pureed peaches (Trader Joe’s), but still add 1 to 2 TBL of oil . . . although I made granola this past weekend and completely forgot to add the oil (I was going by memory instead of pulling out my recipe), and I do not notice any difference except that it seemed to take a little longer in the oven to toast.

  4. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE granola… honey almond sounds right up my alley!

  5. simone says:

    I should really give it a try to make my own granola as I love it too and it would be so good to add the things I like in there. Looks awesome!

  6. Chelsea says:

    This is BEAUTIFUL. Your pictures are so gorgeous, I’m very jealous. I love granola in my yogurt, I’ve been wanting to make it for a while. I’ll have to try your recipe!

  7. Donna from Yumma Yumma says:

    Yogurt with granola has been one of my fave snacks recently. I’ve been getting some organic granola from the store with some yummy nuts and honey in it. But I’ve never thought of making my own! Neat idea!

  8. amish baby cribs says:

    What a very nice granola bar this is. I would love to try this one. Love the honey in it.

  9. sonia says:

    Fantastic granola bar. Will surely try it for my little one !

  10. Tatjana LaPointe says:

    Yum! I love granola and have it for breakfast on most days (my favorite is yoghurt) and keeps me full until lunch and I don’t have the urge to snack. I have been too lazy to actually make my own, even though it’s better for me. This recipe has inspired me to try it out. Thank you!