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This vanilla almond granola is perfectly sweet, crunchy, crispy, and nutty! Combine healthy ingredients including rolled oats, almonds, maple syrup, and cinnamon to create this easy homemade granola recipe. Sprinkle on top of smoothie bowls, yogurt, oatmeal, or enjoy it with almond milk.
Calling all breakfast lovers! Today I’m bringing you a super easy, incredibly delicious recipe for homemade vanilla almond granola. It’s crunchy, nutty, cinnamon-y, and perfectly sweetened with pure maple syrup. Sprinkle this granola on top your favorite smoothie bowl, non-dairy yogurt, or enjoy it with almond milk. Alternatively, if you’re anything like me, eat it by the handful because it’s just that good.
This vanilla almond granola is:
- Crispy and crunchy
- A little bit nutty
- Cinnamon-y and sweet
- Refined sugar-free
- Made with only healthy ingredients
What ingredients are in homemade vanilla almond granola?
This homemade vanilla almond granola is made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients.
- Rolled oats
- Sliced almonds
- Raw almonds
- Maple syrup
- Coconut oil
How to make vanilla almond granola
For the full recipe, scroll down to view the recipe card below.
First, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. This includes rolled oats, sliced almonds, raw almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Mix everything together.
Next, combine the wet ingredients in a bowl. This includes maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix everything together.
Then, pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Mix together and be sure to evenly coat the oats and nuts.
After, line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread granola across the pan in a thin, even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Finally, remove from the oven and allow granola to cool completely.
Is homemade granola better for you?
In my opinion, yes! Homemade granola is often much lower in sugar than store bought varieties. Plus, homemade granola contains no preservatives and uses quality ingredients. For instance, store bought granola typically contains overly processed, refined sugar. At home, you can sweeten it with pure maple syrup or honey (if you aren’t vegan) instead.
Aside from the nutritional benefits of homemade granola, it also saves you money! Store-bought granola can be quite expensive. Avoid the unnecessary price tag and make this vanilla almond granola at home in just 30 minutes instead.
Ways to eat granola
OK, this granola is great and all… but how are you supposed to eat it? Well, there are actually many ways to enjoy homemade granola! Check out these seven ideas for what to eat granola with:
- As a replacement for cereal. Pair granola with your favorite plant milk (such as almond milk or coconut milk) and a spoon.
- Yogurt. Enjoy granola on top of non-dairy yogurt with fresh fruit.
- Smoothie bowls. Sprinkle granola on top of smoothies, smoothie bowls, or banana nice cream for an added crunch.
- Oatmeal. Sprinkle granola on top of oatmeal. It’s a great way to add healthy fats to the meal.
- With bananas or apples. In need of a quick and easy snack? Slice an apple or banana and garnish with some of this vanilla almond granola.
- On pancakes. Granola pairs perfectly with pancakes. To serve the most delicious pancakes: add a drizzle of maple syrup, granola, and fresh berries on top of the stack.
- In your baked goods. Sprinkle granola on top of muffins or banana bread prior to placing them in the oven.
- Use melted coconut oil. The recipe calls for either liquid or melted coconut oil. If your oil is solid at room temperature, simply add several spoonfuls to a bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds to melt. After, measure ¼ cup and proceed with the recipe.
- You can swap another nut for the almonds. Cashews, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts are great options. However, I think almonds taste the best!
- Don’t forget to stir/toss the granola at the fifteen minute mark. This helps ensure even baking.
- Once the granola is finished baking, it will feel slightly underdone. This is exactly the way it should be; don’t place it back in the oven. If you do, you will most likely end up burning the granola. Although it feels underdone at first, the granola becomes perfectly crispy and crunchy once cooled!
- Store this vanilla almond granola in a mason jar or airtight container. It should keep for 1-2 weeks. I used my embossing label maker to label the jars!
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Vanilla Almond Granola
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
This vanilla almond granola is sweet, crunchy, and nutty! It’s a super easy recipe made with healthy ingredients. Sprinkle this homemade granola on top of smoothie bowls, yogurt, oatmeal, or enjoy it with almond milk.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup raw almonds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil*
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Dry Ingredients: Combine rolled oats, sliced almonds, raw almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Mix together.
- Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix together.
- Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Mix to evenly coat all of the oats and nuts.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Spread granola mixture across the pan in a thin layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove granola from the oven and allow to cool completely. Note: the granola will feel slightly underdone when you remove it from the oven. It will firm and take on a crispy, crunchy texture once cooled.
*Use liquid coconut oil or melted coconut oil. If your coconut oil is solid, add several spoonfuls to a bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds. Then, measure ¼ cup and proceed with the recipe.
- Serving Size: ¼ cup
- Calories: 191
- Sugar: 7g
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 21g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 4g
Keywords: vanilla almond granola, gluten free vegan granola recipe
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Have made this multiple times and always comes out delicious! I do a little less time (about 20 minutes) or else it burns in my oven. This time, I was almost out of sliced almonds so substituted some crushed pecans and added some pumpkin pie spice and it can out perfect!
Thank you always Kaylie!
Thank you so much, Alexa! I’m so glad you’re loving this granola recipe 🙂 Using crushed pecans + pumpkin pie spice sounds so delicious!