This easy oat and honey granola is calling your name! It is so much better for you than the typical store bought granolas which usually contain unhealthy fats and oils and are loaded with refined sugars. If you’ve never made homemade granola now’s your chance… you may never go back to store bought again!
Tips for Making Granola
When making granola, make sure you are using pure rolled oats (not instant/quick-cooking). For one, they are more nutritious and two, you will get the perfect texture to your granola.
If you like your granola clumpy, like I do, after mixing the granola half way through the baking time, lightly pat down the granola into the pan to allow for the granola to clump up while it continues baking. Also, allow the granola to fully cool on the pan before adding in the dried fruit. Letting it cool completely before mixing will also help keep some of the chunks together.
This recipe calls for coconut oil. I like to use unrefined, but refined will work too. Even though unrefined as a stronger coconut flavor, you cannot taste it once mixed in with all the other goodness of this granola. Check out my post on coconut oil to learn more about the difference between the two.
I kept this recipe simple by just using almonds and dried apricots and it turns out perfect. The almonds, dried apricots, and cinnamon are the perfect match to the sweet honey flavor of this granola. But feel free to swap out the almonds and apricots for another nut and/or dried fruit (but look for dried fruit without added sugars).
This recipe is enough for about 12 servings. If that feels like a lot for you, simply cut the recipe in half. I would hat for any of this delicious granola to go to waste. It’s great as a snack or as a topping to oatmeal, yogurt, and ice cream. My favorite is adding it to oatmeal becuast it gives the oatmeal a perfectly sweet crunch. What will you do with your granola.
This easy honey and oat granola will keep well in an airtight container for up to two weeks – if it will last that long. Looking for more granola recipes!? Check out my homemade pumpkin spice granola.
If you make this recipe, please let me know what you think! Leave a comment below and/or share a photo on Instagram and mention @CleanPlateMama!
Easy Oat and Honey Granola
Easy oat and honey granola is loaded with flavor and so much healthier than most store bought varieties. It has the perfect combination of oats, spices, nuts, and dried fruit.
- 4 cups rolled oats certified gluten-free if needed
- 1.5 cups sliced almonds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. fine sea salt
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1.5 cups dried apricots, chopped
Preheat oven to 250 and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Mix oats, almonds, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla, coconut oil, and honey.
Pour wet mixture into bowl with oats and mix until well combined.
Evenly spread mixture onto the lined baking pan.
Bake for 60 minutes, stirring the granola at about 30 minutes. See recipe notes.
Let cool slightly and then mix in the dried fruit. If you like your granola chunky, let cool on baking sheet completely and then mix in dried fruit. Allowing granola to completely cool before mixing will keep some granola chunks in the mix.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
You’ll know the granola is down when it starts to lightly brown. Watch closely at the end as you don’t want to overcook it.