Homemade vanilla almond granola clusters are sweet, crunchy and super easy to make. Once you make this easy granola recipe, you’ll never buy store bought again!
If you regularly buy granola or cereal at the grocery store – try this recipe! It’s delicious, simple to make and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. Homemade granola is so much tastier than the packaged stuff and much healthier for you. In this recipe I also add quinoa for added texture and a boost of healthy protein.
I could seriously eat half a batch of this granola in one sitting. I like to make it on a Sunday so I have it for the week to sprinkle on Greek yogurt, eat like cereal with almond milk or just grab by the handful for snacking. It’s just SO GOOD.
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What do I need to make homemade Vanilla Almond Granola
Store bought granola is chock full of added sugar and ingredients that I can’t pronounce. This homemade granola is sweet, crunchy and good for you and very low in refined sugar. Just a few simple pantry ingredients and you’re on your way. For this recipe you will need:
Rolled Oats – It’s very important that you use old fashioned rolled oats and not quick-cooking or steel cut oats. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill Organic Rolled Oats.
Almonds – sliced almonds work best.
Quinoa – this adds another layer of nutty flavor, more texture and a healthy boost of protein!
Honey – you can use honey or maple syrup. I like the flavor of honey better. The syrupy goodness is what helps achieve that sticky sweet texture of homemade granola clusters.
Brown Sugar – helps the granola caramelize and get super crunchy!
Avocado or Coconut Oil – I prefer to use avocado oil for a more neutral flavor but coconut oil works too!
Vanilla – use good vanilla. This recipe calls for a whole tablespoon! Vanilla bean paste is my favorite but a good vanilla extract works too.
Cinnamon – this is optional but I love a touch of cinnamon for more flavor and a bit of warmth.
Sea Salt – the salty sweet combo is what makes this so irresistible!
These are all ingredients that I keep stocked in my pantry. I order many of my staples from Thrive Market!
Adding quinoa to granola
You should definitely not skip adding the quinoa to this recipe. Not only is it super healthy, but it also gives the granola an extra crunchy texture and a delicious nutty flavor that plays so well with the honey, almond and vanilla. Do you have to cook the quinoa first? Nope you can just add the raw, uncooked quinoa right to the dry ingredients! Crispy crunchy, sweet, salty and nutrient-packed. How awesome is that?
How to make granola
The process couldn’t be easier. First step is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, add all of the dry ingredients to a big bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently stir until everything is thoroughly coated. Spread out onto lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes until it’s golden brown, stirring once halfway through. Make sure to let it cool completely before digging in so that it crisps up. That’s it!
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Crispy, crunchy, salty, sweet nutrient packed homemade Vanilla Almond Granola is a delicious treat! Perfect for sprinkling on yogurt, enjoying with almond milk or by the handful for snacking.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (yes, a whole tablespoon!) or vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds and uncooked quinoa.
- In a small bowl whisk together honey, oil, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry and use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to combine until all of the oat mixture is thoroughly coated.
- Turn mixture out onto baking sheet and spread out into an even layer.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden. Stir it around once, halfway through cooking. Start checking at around 25 minutes, it should be light golden brown and smell nutty but not burnt.
- Remove baking sheet from oven and let it cool completely, undisturbed. It will be sticky while warm and crisp up as it cools.
- Once cooled, break up into clusters and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three weeks.
Only stir granola once during the cooking process. This will help it to form clusters and cook evenly.
Be sure to let it cool completely on the pan for it to crisp up after baking.
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