Honey Almond Granola

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This homemade honey almond granola is naturally sweetened, and so much better-tasting and better for you than store bought. It’s easy to make for healthy breakfasts all week!

overhead view of an open jar of honey almond granola with a pan of granola in the background.

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If you have made your own granola even once, there is no going back. It started back when I made this Gingerbread Granola (which is now a holiday breakfast staple in my house) and then this Peanut Butter Granola with Banana that is reminiscent of banana bread. And for an even more portable option, I also like to make these homemade granola bars.

Basically, your own homemade granola, whatever type is it, tastes so much better than store-bought granola. You can make an easy, 2-minute healthy breakfast by putting it on top of yogurt and serving with some fresh fruit.

Way back when I used to buy granola at the grocery store, my flavor of choice was always a basic honey almond granola. So it only made sense to make a homemade version of that.

This easy recipe uses uses simple ingredients and tastes great just with some milk, your favorite yogurt, or better yet, in a breakfast parfait!

closeup view of an open jar of honey almond granola with a baking tray of granola in the background

This is a recipe I like to keep in my meal-prep rotation for healthy breakfasts all week. It’s a great basic healthy granola recipe that you can customize with your own add-ins (nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips (add any melting ingredients like chocolate chips after cooling!), etc. And if you haven’t made your own granola at home before, this is a simple recipe to start.

Why You Should Be Making Your Own Granola

If you are on the fence about making your own homemade granola, checking the nutrition label on the back of your favorite store-bought granola pack could convince you. Many brands have so much sugar that you might as well just eat fruity pebbles for breakfast.

And while there is nothing wrong with that, we all enjoy eating fruity pebbles for breakfast sometimes, if you are generally trying to eat healthier (as we are), this easy homemade granola recipe packs a nutrient punch, apart from being absolutely delicious.

closeup view of an open jar of honey almond granola.

I used honey for this honey almond granola, but I also often use maple syrup – both have a better nutritional profile than white or brown sugar as they are natural sweeteners. Also, I use heart-healthy olive oil, but coconut oil also works great.

It is packed with whole grains and other good for you ingredients and so worth the (minimal) effort to make. You can make a big batch and store it for weeks and make healthy breakfasts without compromising on flavor!

Ingredient Notes

overhead view of ingredients to make honey almond granola

Flaxseed Meal

Rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed meal adds a nutritious boost to your honey almond granola. It also helps in binding the granola, giving it a nice crunch.

Here we’re combining flaxseed meal with water to make a “flax egg” which helps to bind the granola and make clusters. Flax eggs are a great substitute for eggs in baking.

If you don’t have flaxseed, you can use a whisked egg white instead, which will do the same job.

Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats

This is the base of the honey almond granola. Rolled oats are a nutrient-rich grain and provide a hearty texture to the granola. They offer a mild, nutty flavor and are perfect for baking.

I recommend old-fashioned rolled oats over quick oats or steel cut oats for granola, for the best texture.

Shredded Coconut

I love shredded coconut in my granola! It adds a tropical hint and a chewy texture. Reach for unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut to control the sugar level in your recipe.


You can’t make honey almond granola without some crunchy almonds! Almonds introduce a delightful crunch and nuttiness, enhancing the overall flavor profile. You can buy whole almonds from the grocery store and chop them up yourself using a sharp knife (my preference), or you can use slivered or sliced almonds.

Raw, natural, almonds are preferable as they toast nicely in the oven with other ingredients.

Of course, it’s YOUR granola, and any nut you like will work great, from walnuts, to pine nuts, to pecans.


Honey is a natural sweetener that binds the granola ingredients together and adds a lovely sweetness and flavor.

To make this granola recipe vegan, you can use maple syrup instead, and it is equally delicious, if a little paler in color. Honey offers a floral note, while maple syrup provides a rich, earthy sweetness.

Olive Oil

I use extra-virgin olive oil as it is a healthier unsaturated fat choice and it helps in getting a crispy texture. Olive oil also adds a subtle, savory note which balances the sweetness of the granola. You can also use coconut oil in this honey almond granola!


Use vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract, whatever you have on hand. Vanilla bean paste will give a more intense and richer flavor compared to the extract. I like a generous amount of vanilla in my granola, but I realize it’s an expensive ingredient, so feel free to take it down to a teaspoon if you like.

Kosher salt

A pinch of salt is crucial to balance the flavors and bring out the sweetness and nuttiness of the other ingredients.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with either a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the flaxseed and water, then set it aside to thicken.
overhead view of flaxseed and water mixed in a small bowl
  1. Take a large bowl and combine the dry ingredients – the rolled oats, shredded coconut, and almonds, making sure they are well mixed.
rolled oats, shredded coconut, and almonds mixed together in a large bowl
  1. In another small bowl, thoroughly whisk the honey, oil, vanilla bean paste, and a pinch of salt.
honey, oil, vanilla bean paste, and salt mixed together in a bowl
  1. Now, pour this honey mixture into the oat mixture. Add in the flaxseed mixture as well. Stir everything together until it’s very well mixed.
honey mixture and flaxseed mixture added to the oats mixture
honey almond granola mixture in a large bowl
  1. Next, spread the granola mixture evenly across your prepared baking sheet. Place it in your preheated oven and let it bake for about 50-55 minutes. Remember to flip the granola carefully halfway through the baking process, trying not to break it up too much. Pat it down a little with the spatula if you like larger granola “clusters”.
granola mixture spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with silicone mat
flipping the granola mixture halfway through baking
  1. Once the honey almond granola has turned a golden brown and feels dry when touched, remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Let the granola cool down completely before storing or serving with your favorite yogurt.
honey almond granola serve on some yogurt in a bowl

Serving Suggestions

  • My favorite way to enjoy honey almond granola is in these breakfast parfaits. Use whatever fresh fruit you like with layers of Greek yogurt for the best breakfast!
  • You can sprinkle this honey almond granola over your favorite smoothie bowl for added crunch and flavor.
  • You can also enjoy it like traditional cereal with your choice of milk – dairy or a plant-based alternative like almond or oat milk.
overhead view of a baking sheet of honey almond granola
  • Combine honey almond granola with dried fruits, different types of nuts, and sunflower seeds to create a healthy trail mix for a healthy and delicious snack.
  • Make an omega-3-rich chia seeds pudding and layer it with fresh fruit and this honey almond granola for a delicious and healthy dessert or breakfast option.
  • This honey almond granola recipe is perfect to use as a topping for a sweet treat like ice cream or frozen yogurt.
An open jar of honey almond granola with a pan of granola in the background.

Storage Instructions

Once the honey almond granola has cooled down, transfer it to an airtight container and store at room temperature. It should remain fresh for up to two weeks.

Is this honey almond granola recipe gluten free?

This healthy granola recipe is gluten-free, provided you use gluten-free oats (oats are naturally gluten-free, but are often contaminated with gluten during processing). Be sure to check the packaging to be sure.

Can you make this honey almond granola vegan?

The only switch you need to make is to swap out the honey with maple syrup to enjoy a vegan version of this granola.

Tell me what you think!

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An open jar of honey almond granola.

Honey Almond Granola

This homemade honey almond granola is naturally sweetened, and so much better-tasting and better for you than store bought. It's easy to make for healthy breakfasts all week!
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Course: Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Ann Otis

Tools for This Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw chopped, slivered, or sliced almonds
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 275F and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and water and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, shredded coconut, and almonds until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, vanilla bean paste, and salt
  • Add the honey mixture to the oat mixture, along with the flaxseed mixture and stir until very well combined.
  • Spread the granola evenly onto a baking sheet and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 50-55 minutes, flipping it once halfway through, and breaking it up as little as possible. Press it down a little with the spatula after flipping to maximize clustering.
  • When your granola is lightly browned and feels mostly dry to the touch (it can still be a little sticky, it will dry more as it cools), transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.



Storage Instructions
Once the honey almond granola has cooled down, transfer it to an airtight container and store at room temperature. It should remain fresh for up to two weeks.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
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