Honey Almond Granola

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.

My goal was a recipe that was basic, easy, and healthy, and that only used natural sweeteners – in this case, honey. When purchasing the honey for this recipe, try and find a local source for your honey (or maple syrup) 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!

We had a lot of trial and error with this honey almond granola – burnt granola, tasteless granola, overly sweet granola, super salty granola…there are lots of different methods and ingredient ideas, but we found this to be our favorite combination for a solid standard recipe. However, 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 I 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.

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 15-20 minutes for it to come to room temperature before digging in!

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almond granola
How 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.

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This 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

Description

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


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup honey, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Add 6 cups oats, 1 cup sliced almonds, and 1/2 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 1/2 cup raisins to the cooled mixture. Store in air-tight container.

Notes

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

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

Keywords: almond granola

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

12 Comments

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    Tatjana LaPointe
    March 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

    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!

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    sonia
    March 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm

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

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    amish baby cribs
    March 5, 2011 at 2:27 am

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

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    Donna from Yumma Yumma
    March 6, 2011 at 12:35 am

    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!

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    Chelsea
    March 6, 2011 at 12:41 am

    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!

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    simone
    March 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    March 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

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

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    [email protected]
    March 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      penandra
      March 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

      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.

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    Katie @ OhShineOn
    April 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    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?

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

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

  • Reply
    Stacy
    February 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

    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! ;)

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