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Made with crunchy oats and nuts, naturally sweetened with honey, and jazzed up with warm cinnamon spices, this Healthy Granola recipe unstoppably addictive, easy to make, and even easier to eat!

Overhead view of homemade healthy granola in jar

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Healthy Granola Recipe

  • Healthy Granola That’s Actually Healthy. Store-bought granola is often loaded with unhealthy oils and gobs of sugar. Not this homemade version! It’s sweetened entirely with honey and needs only two tablespoons of coconut oil for the whole batch thanks to my stealthy healthy ingredient, egg white. The egg white also contributes to my homemade granola selling point….
  • Crispity-Crunchity. Nothing is more loathsome than a soggy homemade granola recipe. This crunchy granola recipe has a delightfully crisp texture and forms nice chunks, thanks to the egg white.
  • Better Than Store-Bought. Compared to store-bought alternatives, making your own homemade granola (or Healthy Granola Bars) is also far less expensive and much better for you too. In my opinion, it is the healthiest granola you can make that still tastes incredibly decadent, and its crunch is truly delightful.
Sheet pan of healthy granola with wooden spooon

5 Star Review

“I had never made granola before and tried your recipe. Holy smokes is it delicious!”

— Evelynn —

How to Make Healthy Granola

The Ingredients

  • Rolled Oats. The base of our granola recipe.
  • Raw Almonds. Adds delicious crunch and protein. Feel free to swap in other nuts here if you like.
  • Shredded Coconut. Using unsweetened coconut makes the granola taste rich and toasty. The coconut flavor isn’t strong; rather, it gives the granola an extra somethin’ somethin’ to make it particularly addictive. You’ve been warned.
  • Flaxseed Meal. A simple, healthy addition.
  • Wheat Germ. The super nutritious heart of the wheat berry. Wheat germ is rich in protein, fiber, and minerals (read more about its health benefits here). If you can’t find it, you can swap additional flaxseed meal.
  • Cinnamon + Honey + Vanilla. The flavor makers! All three provide cozy goodness, and the honey adds a delightful sweetness. For a vegan healthy granola, swap the honey for pure maple syrup (the maple syrup will brown more quickly, but it won’t taste burnt. It will be delicious!).
  • Egg White. One little egg white can moisten and bind the entire batch, and you cannot taste it in the slightest. If you need to make the recipe vegan, you can use 2 additional tablespoons of oil instead of the egg white.
  • Mix-ins. Chocolate chips are always a welcomed addition. I also love adding dried apricots, figs, dates, raisins, or dried cranberries.

The Directions

Dry ingredients for granola in mixing bowl
  1. Combine the Dry Ingredients. Place them all in a large bowl with lots of room for stirring.
Overhead view of ingredients for granola stirred together in mixing bowl
  1. Stir. Pour in the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract and stir.
Beaten egg white in bowl
  1. Whisk. In another bowl, whisk the egg white until it’s frothy. Stir it into the granola.
Unbaked healthy granola on pan
  1. Transfer to Baking Sheet. Spread the granola in an even layer.
Homemade healthy granola on sheet pan
  1. Bake. Bake this healthy granola recipe at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes, then flip the granola, rotate the pan, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until dry to the touch. Cool completely, then eat now or store for later and ENJOY!

Recipe Variations

How to Serve Healthy Granola

  • By Itself. I love snacking on this healthy granola recipe by the handful.
  • With Yogurt. Spruce up your morning routine by topping your favorite yogurt with this granola.
  • With Ice Cream. Make dessert more nutritious by scattering some granola on top of ice cream.
  • On Pancakes or Waffles. Granola breakfast pancakes or waffles are scrumptious and delightfully crunchy.
  • In Cookies. Use it in these healthy Granola Cookies for a perfect, healthy alternative to store-bought granola!

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make Sure Everything Is Evenly Coated. Bits that are dry won’t be delicious and cluster-y. Make sure the honey, oil, extract, and egg white coat every last bit!
  • Keep an Eye on It Near the End. During the last few minutes of cooking time this healthy granola recipe can go from golden brown to burnt fast. (While I will eat a lot of things that are burnt, blackened almonds are absolutely foul. Take my word for it!) If your oven runs hot, you may need to take the granola out a bit early.
  • Put Your Own Spin On It. Try different spices, nuts, or seeds pre-baking. After baking and cooling, you can add dried fruit, chocolate chip, and other ingredients to the mix if you’d like.

Healthy Granola

4.88 from 41 votes
An easy and delicious healthy granola recipe made with honey, oats, and almonds. Simple to make and perfect for healthy breakfasts and snacks!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour

Servings: 14 servings (4 3/4 cup total)

Ingredients
  


Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, almonds, flaxseed, wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract and stir to coat. Taste and add additional honey if you prefer a sweeter granola.
  • In a small bowl, briskly whisk the egg white until it is frothy. Stir into the granola mixture, doing your best to evenly incorporate it throughout.
  • Spread the granola in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the sheet from the oven and with a large spatula, carefully flip large sections of the granola over, doing your best to keep them intact (this is what forms the granola chunks.) Rotate the pan 180 degrees, return it to the oven, then bake for 15-20 additional minutes, until the granola is golden brown and feels almost dry to the touch (it will continue to crisp as well it cools). Watch it carefully towards the end, as honey tends to quickly brown.
  • Remove from the oven, place the pan on a cooling rack, then let the granola cool completely on the pan. Break granola into chunks of your desired size, then carefully mix in the dried fruit. Enjoy with milk, yogurt, or on its own as a snack.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Keep leftover granola in an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze granola in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 14); 1/3 cup without extra mix-insCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPotassium: 212mgFiber: 5gSugar: 11gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. DELICIOUS!! I added dried cranberries. So good. Much more cost effective and healthier than store bought and so easy to make!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the granola, Madison! Cranberries sound delicious. Thank you for taking the time to leave this nice review!

  2. I had never made granola before and tried your recipe. Holy smokes is it delicious! I only used pumpkin seeds to mix in afterwards and the balance of sweet and salty is perfection. I’m actually whipping up another batch today and just wanted to make sure people knew how fabulous it really is! Cheers!5 stars

    1. YAY Evelynn, I’m so happy to hear you enjoy this granola! Your addition of pumpkin seeds sounds amazing. Thank you so much for giving it a try and taking the time to report back!

  3. This is so addictive!! I’m going to need to have a batch of this on-hand at all times now.  So good on yogurt, or just by the handful every time I walk into the kitchen :)5 stars

    1. WHOO HOOO! So excited to hear that Elizabeth. Thank you for taking time to leave this review too. It means a lot!

  4. This recipe is fantastic!! Thank you for the brilliant idea of using egg whites to hold the clusters together!! Genius!!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this great review, Jessica! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the granola!

  5. What would you recommend substituting for coconut oil? Should I just add another egg white? Olive oil has such a strong flavor that I’m not sure would taste good in breakfast-y granola :)

    1. Hi Sara, I would recommend an oil with a neutral flavor, like canola oil. You could also use very lightly flavored olive oil. I hope you enjoy the granola!

  6. Thank you for the recipe!!! Just made it – my family was gobbling it up – before it totally cooled off!!  Tried a lot of of Granola recipes – this by far was THE BEST!!!!!!❤️5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review, Carol! I’m happy to hear the granola was a hit with the whole family!

  7. We have tried multiple different recipes, but we keep coming back to this. It is delicious, healthy, and nothing compares to this flavor. We add dates one time, figs another. Chopped fresh apples were added for Thanksgiving, and cranberries will be added this holiday season. Everyone in the house hunts for it when we are out. I’d say that’s the best testimony!5 stars

  8. Just made my first batch of this granola and its sooo good!! 
    Do you know how long this granola will last? Also is it a good idea to put it in the fridge (I’ve seen some people do this to keep it crispy)? 5 stars

    1. SO HAPPY you loved it Nathalia! You can store it in the fridge for a few weeks. It freezes well too. Enjoy!

  9. Okay, I’m going to be the one person who screws up the recipe!  It’s my MO.   Mine never did stick together so I could break it up.  Next time should I add a bit more egg white or honey?  5 stars

    1. Hi Laura, yes you could try either one! Those would be my first two experiments—honey will make it sweeter, of course. I hope you were still able to enjoy!

  10. I love granola!! I also am a big fan of oatmeal…and of flaxseed. Coincidentally… Bob’s Red Mill© is my brand of choice! Not only is it healthy, but I love the taste! My favorite granola always includes pecans, and so…as you may have guessed, I plan to substitute chopped pecans for the almonds. I also use the healthier choice of Ceylon cinnamon. As it’s a bit naturally sweeter, it should help sweeten this granola just a bit more.
    I am so happy to have found your site!, and can’t wait to play around with this recipe! My family and I are certain to enjoy it!!
    Thanks so much.
    Looking forward!5 stars

  11. Thank you for this recipe! I love granola and have made many different kinds-some better than others. This one is the absolute best! I’ve made it 3 times now and it is simple, healthy, and delicious!5 stars

  12. Love, love, love this granola recipe. It is a staple in our house. I make it monthly.  I use chopped almonds, walnuts and pecans. I also incorporate the egg white with all the other liquid ingredients, cinnamon & salt in a bowl before I stir them in so that they get mixed in.  It is perfect every time. Thanks for the recipe!!5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that this has been a hit for you, Teresa! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

    1. Thank you for sharing this kind comment, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  13. Sounds delish! I actually went out and bought ingredients that I was laughing for this. Quick question. I want to leave the coconut out. Are there any adjustments I need to make? Thanks, Erin!

    1. Hi Cat! You can add more oats if you like or simply leave the coconut out. I hope you love it!

  14. I have gone through 100 granola recipes and I am a huge fan of your gingerbread granola, but this tops it all.

    I’m obsessed and thanks to you my search for crunchy, satisfying, super tasty (not-overly-sweet/guilt-free) granola is over.

    Thank you!5 stars

  15. Why do you suggest not to use whole flaxseeds? That is all I had in the house, so I used it anyway. Seems to be fine.

    1. Kathleen, from what I’ve read ground flaxseeds are easier for your body to digest and use the nutrients. The whole ones will certainly work in granola though! Hope you enjoyed the recipe.

  16. Trying to make this more WW friendly. I was going to try sugar free pancake syrup in place of hone and only 1T coconut oil. I wonder if I should use 2 egg whites to replace the tablespoon of coconut I am deleting, or maybe just cutting out the oil altogether.

    1. Hi Laura! Instead of omitting it, I would recommend swapping the coconut oil with another neutral-flavored oil, like canola oil. You could also use very lightly flavored olive oil. I hope you enjoy the granola!

  17. I decided I HAD to come back and give this 5 stars because I can not leave it alone! I’ m not sure why? Perhaps it is the perfect balance of flavors, none of which stands out as a solo flavor but harmonize together in the best possible way. Shhhh. I am going to make another batch tomorrow while my husband is away so he doesn’t notice how much I ate. So delicious, Erin!!5 stars

  18. I have to admit I was never a huge fan of granola, but I decided to make this recipe – one of my first after coming across your amazing site. This is so easy to make and so delicious, I’m surprised by how much I like it. I’m now on my second batch!5 stars

  19. This is fabulous! Crunchy, full of good-for-you ingredients and not overly sweet.

    Fair warning – it is absolutely addictive.

    I followed the recipe as written with the change of slivered blanched almonds instead of whole and added dried cherries as a mix-in.

    Great with milk or yogurt but my favorite way is just a handful(?) for a mid afternoon snack.

    I froze half of the batch and found it is perfect right out of the freezer.5 stars

  20. Your granola is so delicious! I made the one in the cookbook with the quinoa and that added a wonderful crunch. Every other recipe I have tried has always burned or in some other way not turned out. But your granola recipes work great. Thanks so much. It’s sooooo much better than the bagged stuff in the supermarket. Better tasting and better for you.5 stars

  21. I followed this recipe to the letter, granola never formed, I think recipe uses too much oatmeal I baked it extra time it still didn’t form, and taste was ok despite adding extra cinnamon. It would be ok in a bowl of milk but I won’t be making it again, sorry!2 stars

    1. I’m sorry you to hear had trouble with the recipe! I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too! It’s hard to know what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.

  22. As I was looking for granola for my yogurt parfait this morning I noticed I was out so I went right to your website and found this. I cut back on the honey a bit but it was still delicious! My husband doesn’t even like granola but kept grabbing handfuls every time he came into the kitchen:)
    A good quality store bought granola is not inexpensive and this recipe will last me awhile so it’s cost effective as well as tasty. Thanks for another great recipe Erin!5 stars

    1. Hi Liz, with the virgin oil it does have a more tropical coconut scent and flavor compared to refined having a more neutral scent and flavor. Said that, I think it would still taste good either way. Enjoy!

  23. This was amazing! Followed the recipe exactly except for adding extra cinnamon. I’ll be making this again and again!5 stars

  24. I’m totally Obsessed with this granola. This is so insanely good! I was a little worried about the volume being a bit too much for me, but now I’m just eating it straight out of the storage jar!5 stars

  25. I am very happy to have found such a healthy and absolutely delicious recipe for granola! I LOVE the amount of cinnamon in it. Just had some mixed into vanilla Greek yogurt for breakfast, and it was AMAZING! Thanks so much!!5 stars

  26. Excellent, healthy and super easy! I actually added some unsweetened shredded coconut before baking and love the toasted flavor. Double the amount of cinnamon as I love it. Will definitely make it often. Thanks!5 stars