Vanilla Almond Granola

Sweet, sticky, and crunchy granola exploding with vanilla and almond flavors. Ditch store-bought, healthy homemade granola is easy!

Ditch store-bought, healthy homemade granola is easy! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’m a little granola obsessed. Can’t get enough of it, any which way. Apple, pumpkin, and especially when it tastes like peanut butter cups. (!!!)

Homemade granola may be boring to some people, but it is actually one of my favorite things to munch on. I can say no to Doritos and french fries. Sometimes. But fruity, nutty, crunchy granola? My self control never stands a chance.

Ditch store-bought, healthy homemade granola is easy! sallysbakingaddiction.com

The other day I came home from running 5 miles (for my 100 mile goal this month – am I crazy?) and craved crunchy carbs like a mad woman. I had quite the interesting array of ingredients and flavorings in the pantry and decided homemade granola was on the menu.

Today’s crunchy granola recipe is filled with so much flavor… it’s sort of a mish-mash of my post workout cravings. Aromatic vanilla, pure maple, almond, and cinnamon merge together bite after bite. This stuff is seriously the best.

Ditch store-bought, healthy homemade granola is easy! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Have you ever read the ingredient list on a bag of store-bought granola? Just… don’t. It’s scary. I don’t recognize half of the ingredients! What are “polyglycerol fatty acids” and why are they in my bowl of granola? No thank you.

When I make homemade granola, I like to focus on whole, natural things. Healthy foods without a bunch of excess sugar and foods that I can actually pronounce.

Thankyouverymuch.

You only need 7 ingredients to make this granola. And they’re all foods you likely have in the pantry right now. Start with some cinnamon, oats, and almonds. I used honey roasted sliced almonds that I found at Trader Joes – have you ever tried them? Regular sliced or chopped almonds would be just fine instead.

(Those honey roasted almonds make incredible homemade almond butter.)

Ditch store-bought, healthy homemade granola is easy! sallysbakingaddiction.com

The wet ingredients are what make the granola so sticky, crunchy, and cluster-filled… aka GOOD. A little pure maple syrup to sweeten, some melted coconut oil for richness and crunch, and vanilla + almond extracts for flavor. I use a light hand when adding the almond extract because that stuff is potent! But in this recipe, it isn’t too strong– just a nice undertone to enhance the vanilla flavor and give the granola that something special.

I love this vanilla almond granola not only for the sweet flavors, but because it is so light tasting. Which is a little dangerous because I feel I could eat the entire batch in one sitting. Sort of contradicts the whole idea of it being a healthier breakfast option, right?!

I did practice some self control – this stuff lasted 3 whole days! New record.

Ditch store-bought, healthy homemade granola is easy! sallysbakingaddiction.com

So ditch the pricy, sugar-laden store bought granola! I swear, that stuff has more sugar in it than a candy bar. With homemade granola, you have complete control over the healthy ingredients. Now dive into a bowl of these naturally sweetened, nutty clusters!

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Vanilla Almond Granola

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 cups
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Sweet, sticky, and crunchy granola exploding with vanilla and almond flavors. Ditch store-bought, healthy homemade granola is easy! This recipe is vegan and gluten free (if using certified GF oats).


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (200g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup (100g) slivered or sliced almonds*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract (yes, Tablespoon)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Toss the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup and coconut oil together until combined. Whisk in the almond and vanilla extracts. Pour over the oats and toss to coat. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.
  3. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow granola to cool completely – the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Granola is the perfect recipe to make ahead because it stays fresh for so long. Store this in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
  2. Almonds: I used honey roasted slivered almonds that I found at Trader Joe’s – they’re delicious! If you use honey roasted almonds, the granola will no longer be vegan.

Keywords: vanilla almond granola, vanilla granola

This crunchy Vanilla Almond Granola is exploding with flavor! So simple to make too.

141 Comments

  1. Gabriella Zomorrodian says:

    I looooove this recipe!!! I double batch as well. I’m just wondering is there a trick to get nice big clusters? I find mine is pretty loose and doesn’t make the bigger chunks that I like in granola. Thanks!!

    1. Mix with two egg whites before spreading in the sheet pan! Works perfectly! You need a protein binder.

      1. Interesting, thanks so much for the reply!! I wonder if flour would work too? Thanks again!

    2. I had a note from my MIL for clusters to grind some of the oats in a blender. It will allow it to clump better with the liquid mixture.

  2. Susan Robbins says:

    Best granola ever! I love almond extract, so an almond-y granola was perfect. The consistency is delightfully crunchy. I used about 11g of pecans because I ran out of almonds, but it didn’t detract from the almond amazing-ness. I kind of hope my family doesn’t like it so I won’t have to share! Kidding, sort of.

  3. I have made this granola so many times that I’ve lost count. My friends and family all love “my” (i.e., Sally’s!) granola and I get so many requests to make it! It’s great to have on hand for a quick breakfast for the kids but it’s rare that it lasts more than a day in our house! Thanks, Sally!

  4. Can you use Walden’s sugar free pancake syrup instead of maple syrup?

  5. Taylor Rodriguez says:

    Hi!
    I just made this last night and it’s so good! Thank you so much for the recipe. I do have a question. My granola didn’t clump together that much. I stirred every 15 minutes. Maybe I didn’t let it cool enough? I let it cook about 20 mins. It didn’t feel warm when I bagged it up.

  6. I made this twice just this week! My whole family absolutely loves it! So glad for a healthier and tastier option to store bought and it’s so quick and easy to make. Can’t go wrong with this recipe!

  7. The best granola EVER! I double the batch every time I make it. The use of the Trader Joe’s sliced honey roasted almonds is brilliant. A definite favorite in my house.

  8. Laurie Cranmer says:

    OMG–soooo good! I’ve made a lot of granola before, but this is the best. Thank you so much for the sharing the recipe!

  9. This has become my go to granola recipe and I make it almost weekly. Delicious and easy.

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