This healthy homemade honey nut granola recipe is the best healthy breakfast or snack. It’s easy to make and full with nutritious good-for-you ingredients like old fashioned rolled oats, almonds and cashews, and lightly sweetened with honey (vegan option included below). Make a batch now to last for the whole week!

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Once you start making homemade granola, you’ll never go back to store bought! It’s so easy and totally customizable, so you can include your absolute favorite granola mix-ins. As a Registered Dietitian, I love to make granola at home so I can control the amount of added sugar I use in the ingredients.

This healthy honey nut granola is simple but so delicious. Made with just a handful of nutritious ingredients, it’s crunchy, not-too-sweet, and has GIANT granola clusters. Because the clusters are the best part! This healthy homemade granola recipe is one of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes!

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Ingredients in honey nut granola

Here are all the ingredients you need for this granola recipe. You probably have most of them in your pantry right now!

  • Old fashioned rolled oats are best for granola because of the shape and texture. I do not recommend using quick or steel cut oats.
  • Cashews: use raw, unsalted cashews, since they will roast on their own once baked into the granola.
  • Slivered almonds add more crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
  • Honey sweetens this granola and helps the ingredients stick together. If you want to make this recipe vegan, use maple syrup instead.
  • Coconut oil: Melted coconut oil has a slightly sweet flavor profile which is great in granola. This recipe also tastes good with olive oil.
  • Vanilla extract enhances all the flavors of in this recipe.
  • Cinnamon and salt

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and vegetarian. If you want to make this recipe fully vegan, just use maple syrup instead of honey for a maple nut granola. That sounds just as delicious!

Honey nut granola ingredients in bowls on a wooden cutting board

How to make honey nut granola

  1. First, mix together all the dry ingredients: oats, cashews, almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Add the honey, oil, and vanilla extract and mix everything together. You want the oats and nuts to be evenly coated in the wet ingredients.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and spread out the granola in an even layer. Use your hands to lightly press down on the granola to encourage the ingredients to stick together.
  3. Bake in the oven until the granola is golden brown. Remove and let cool to room temperature, then use your hands to gently break the granola into clusters. From start to finish, this granola recipe takes 30 minutes to make.

Serving suggestions: Enjoy this honey nut granola on top of your favorite yogurt, mixed into a smoothie or smoothie bowl, in a cereal bowl with almond milk, or just straight from the container!

The key to making giant granola clusters: First, do not stir the granola as it bakes! Next (and equally as important), don’t touch the granola until it’s cooled to room temperature once you take it out of the oven. After it’s cooled, the granola has hardened up enough for you to get giant, crunchy clusters when you break it up with your hands.

How long does homemade granola last?

You can keep honey nut granola and most homemade granolas in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature. If you keep it in your fridge, it should last longer – about 3 weeks to a month.

I prefer to store this granola in a wide and shallow rectangular container, because I find it keeps the clusters together better than a tall and narrow container.

Can you freeze granola? Yes, if you have extra granola, you can freeze it! Store in an airtight container with as little air as possible, such as in a silicone baggie. Freeze for up to 3 months. Eat it straight from the freezer, or let it sit out at room temperature overnight before enjoying.

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Cashews nutritional benefits

Cashews are a very nutrient dense food to include in your diet. They are packed with several micronutrients. One ounce of cashews (about a handful) has:

  • 5 grams of plant-based protein
  • 1 gram of dietary fiber
  • An excellent source of copper, magnesium, and manganese
  • A good source of iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and thiamine

One ounce of cashews has 12 grams of fat, most of which is unsaturated fat. This type of fat is beneficial for preventing heart disease and lowering cholesterol.

Almonds nutritional benefits

Almonds have a similar nutrient profile to cashews. They are a good source of plant-based protein and several micronutrients. One ounce of almonds provides:

  • 6 grams of protein
  • 3.5 grams of fiber
  • 14 grams of fat, most of which is unsaturated fat
  • An excellent source of manganese, magnesium, and vitamin E

Oats nutritional benefits

Oats, which make up the base of this granola, are a very nutritious and affordable food to have in your diet. One half cup of dried oats contains 3 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of protein, and several micronutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A.

About half of the fiber in oats comes from soluble fiber. This type of fiber has particular heart health benefits, because it can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol in your blood. Aim to get 5-10 grams of soluble fiber per day in your diet to reap the cholesterol lowering benefits.

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All About Oats

Find answers to all your questions about oats in this section!

What are the best oats for granola?

The best type of oats to use for homemade granola are old fashioned rolled oats. Avoid using quick oats, instant oats, or steel cut oats when making granola, as they do not provide the right texture.

What are rolled oats?

Rolled oats appear flattened, oval shaped, and slightly textured. Rolled oats get their shape through processing, in which the whole oat grains are steamed and flattened. Rolled oats are quite versatile, as they cook relatively quickly and hold their shape well. In addition to granola, rolled oats are good for making overnight oats, cookies, granola bars, and energy bites.

Are rolled oats the same as old fashioned rolled oats?

Yes, rolled oats are the same thing as old fashioned oats. The names are used interchangeably.

Rolled oats vs quick oats

Quick oats, also called instant oats, are more processed than old fashioned rolled oats. Quick oats are pre-cooked and pressed quite thin, and cut into smaller pieces than rolled oats. Quick oats cook faster than rolled oats. They have a softer, mushier texture when cooked, as they don’t retain their shape well.

Are rolled oats gluten free?

Gluten is a protein found in a number of grains, including wheat, barley, and rye. All oats are naturally free of gluten. However, oats can become contaminated with grains that do contain gluten during processing.

Additionally, oats may become cross-contaminated with gluten-containing grains prior to processing, because oats are often grown near fields of gluten-containing grains.

If you have celiac disease, I recommend using certified gluten free rolled oats, which are manufactured in a dedicated gluten free facility and tested for gluten levels.

Is granola healthy?

Granola is often considered healthy, but is it really a nutritious food? While granola is an energy-dense food, it is also rich in several nutrients, including fiber, plant-based protein, healthy fats, magnesium, and iron. When eaten alongside protein-rich milk or Greek yogurt and fiber-rich fresh fruit, granola is part of a well-balanced meal.

One thing to be wary of with granola is the sugar content. Some store-bought granolas can have upwards of 15 grams of added sugar per serving, which can come from sweeteners and dried fruits. Another reason to love homemade granola – you control the amount of added sugar!

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Healthy Homemade Honey-Nut Granola (Vegan Option)

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 cups of granola 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This healthy homemade honey nut granola recipe is the best healthy breakfast or snack. It’s easy to make and full with nutritious good-for-you ingredients like old fashioned rolled oats, almonds and cashews, and lightly sweetened with honey (vegan option included below). Make a batch now to last for the whole week!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup honey (use 1/2 cup maple syrup for vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cashews, almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Stir together to incorporate everything evenly.
  3. Add the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix everything up so all the dry ingredients are evenly coated by the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the granola onto the prepared baking sheet. Use your hands to spread it out into an even layer, pushing down lightly.
  5. Bake for 22-27 minutes until top layer is golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Then, use your hands to gently break up the granola into large clusters.

Notes

How long does homemade granola last?

You can keep honey nut granola and most homemade granolas in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature. If you keep it in your fridge, it should last longer – about 3 weeks to a month.

I prefer to store this granola in a wide and shallow rectangular container, because I find it keeps the clusters together better than a tall and narrow container.

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