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Vanilla Granola Recipe

This Honey Vanilla Granola Recipe is my go-to for a quick breakfast or snack. Enjoy it as-is or use it to top ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, or as a starting point for your favorite add-in’s! 

Vanilla Granola

When I first made this recipe it was sort of a mess but tasted so amazing. My entire house was filled with an amazing aroma but it was almost impossible to get things to stick together, literally.

I wanted big clumps of goodness that would be ideal for on-the-go snacking or replacing cereal. That is the way I feel like granola SHOULD be, am I right? Good news is I’ve made a couple of adjustments and have perfected the mix!

Recipe Features:

  • Quick and Easy: Minimal ingredients and quick baking means you have fresh granola ready in minutes.
  • Two Week Shelf Life: Homemade granola will last up to two weeks if stored properly.
  • Nut and Dairy Free: This recipe contains no nuts or dairy. Although, you can add chopped nuts if you’d like for a great added texture.
coconut oil

The first thing I did was swap out coconut oil in place of canola. I have been obsessed with the stuff ever since I used it in a stir fry a few months back. It is a much better swap for butter and oils, in my opinion, and helps all of the granola goodness stick together a little bit better.  

I also reduced the sugar, added a touch of salt, and ditched the extra agave. If you made this recipe in the past you probably noticed that on top of brown sugar and honey it called for a measly teaspoon of agave… ONE TEASPOON. It’s not missed and things still taste dreamy.

What You’ll Need:

The recipe list is not long, and most are pantry staples. Find the full list of ingredients and their measurements in the recipe card below.

  • Rolled Oats: For this recipe you want to use rolled oats. Rolled oats are also referred to as “old fashioned” or “whole oats.” The larger pieces make it easier for the granola to stick together and keep the crunchy texture.
  • Brown Sugar: I like the slight molasses flavor you get when you use brown sugar over granulated.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and just a touch of salt.
  • Honey: Since this is a lower sugar recipe, honey is added to sweeten and help form those granola clusters.
  • Coconut Oil: I highly recommend you use coconut oil, however vegetable, canola, or avocado should work well.
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Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment and set aside.
  2. Combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Whisk the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan. Heat until fully just warmed and the oil is completely liquidated. Remove from the heat and stir in the Vanilla.
  4. Stir together the oats with the vanilla liquid until coated. Spread onto your prepared sheet and bake for 30 minutes stirring once halfway through.
  5. Granola is done when golden brown and fragrant.
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Tips and FAQ’s:

I do suggest taste testing as you go. I put about 1/4 cup of sugar and honey but my husband likes it with a little less (around 2-3 tablespoons). Also be liberal with your add-in’s. I like it plain Jane because I use it with a ton of fruit on Greek yogurt but have big plans to create some outstanding flavor combo’s for you. It also makes an incredible vanilla granola cereal! Just add milk!

How do you eat granola:

The beauty of granola is that it can be eaten in so many ways! A few of our favorite?

  • On its own as a grab-and-go snack
  • With added fruit and yogurt
  • On top of pancakes
  • As a topping for ice cream
  • With a little milk and fruit as cereal

Best Granola Mix-In Ideas:

This recipe makes an excellent base to any additional ingredients you would like to add. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Nuts: Cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds… This is an incredible vanilla almond granola recipe!
  • Dried Fruit: Bananas and apricots are my favorite, but my kid lives for dried blueberries.
  • Seeds

Related Recipes:

Vanilla Granola

Vanilla Granola

Yield: 5 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This fragrant Vanilla Granola is my go-to for a quick breakfast or snack. Enjoy it as-is or use it to top ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, or as a starting point for your favorite add-in’s! 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment and set aside.
  2. Combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Whisk the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan. Heat until fully just warmed and the oil is completely liquidated. Remove from the heat and stir in the Vanilla.
  4. Stir together the oats with the vanilla liquid until coated. Spread onto your prepared sheet and bake for 30 minutes stirring once halfway through.
  5. Granola is done when golden brown and fragrant.

Notes

*Add in your favorite dried fruits for an extra punch of flavor.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g
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Judy Patti

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Do you have any idea how many calories is in this? I could eat the whole batch. It’s so good.

Jesseca

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Hi Judy, I did a rough estimate and it came to 213 calories per half cup. This is just an estimate based off of the recipe ingredients listed and added to the recipe card.

Anita

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Great recipe!!! My family loved it. No more store bought granola for us.... this was so easy and super delicious.

Tim A

Sunday 14th of June 2020

HI Jessica, I've been wanting to make some homemade granola for a while now and your recipe sounded delicious; so I made this Vanilla Granola this morning while the rest of the family slept in. I made it with the original recipe w/o the coconut oil as I didn't have any in the pantry. I did add in some roasted almonds and pistachios for added texture and flavors. It turned out fantastic. Love the story that came along with it. This was a great find! Thank you, Tim A

Jesseca

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Thank you for taking the time to comment, Tim! I really love that you added the almonds and pistachios. I will have to give that a try.

Helena

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

This is a great granola recipe! And if you don’t have honey I’ve found that white sugar works too, if you half the recipe make sure to cook it for 15-20 minutes otherwise it’ll burn. My whole family loves this recipe and I do too. Thanks for the recipe!

Jesseca

Friday 29th of May 2020

Hi Helena, I'm so glad you love this recipe as much as we do! Love the tip about the sugar and the cook time!

Mary Bailey

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

I made this yesterday and it is delicious! I followed your recipe exact. It was crunchy for the first couple hours and then turned soft and sticky, but still clumpy. Any way to keep it dry and crunchy? I am storing it in a mason jar. Also, what is the serving size? Thank you for sharing your amazing recipe. ~Mary B.

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