Breakfasting. It’s just my favorite thing. Besides running and my husband and looking at pictures of my friends’ babies (my new obsession).

Honey Almond Granola

Recently we’ve been blowing through a ton of bananas (for smoothies) and don’t feel like throwing the oven on during the work week. Granola is the solution to my morning scatter brain. It’s just so good.

I mean, look at that stuff. It’s fabulous when palmed into ones face.

Honey Almond Granola

This is my favorite recipe for granola hands down. I’ve made a quinoa version before that is crunchy and tastes delicious, but you can never go wrong with a classic like this. It’s got three styles of almonds, big honeyed oat clusters, shelled pistachios, chia seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Perfection!

Honey Almond Granola

And don’t worry. If you are a granola purist like my sister in law, the dried fruit is totally optional. I just like to throw it in for some added fibre. Oh, and I like the taste.

Honey Almond Granola

But the true winner in this granola, *the star* if you will, is the binder. The melted coconut oil and honey create big and crunchy oat clusters that taste fabulous. The bigger the oat cluster, the better the granola in my opinion.

Honey Almond Granola

So grab a bowl and throw this tasty stuff into it! That’s what I’m doing this morning.

Honey Almond Granola

And I’ll leave you with a fun quote today from the book It by Alex Chung.

“Boys say they don’t mind how you get your hair done. But then they leave you for someone with really great standard girl hair and the next thing you know you’re alone with a masculine crop crying into your granola.”

I love those words way too much.

Honey Almond Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 servings (each about a half cup)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, pistachios, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In a glass measuring cup, microwave the coconut oil for about 30-45 seconds. Stir in the honey and vanilla. It won't mix together completely. This is OK. Pour the honey mixture over the oats and stir until the oats are evenly coated.
  4. Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet in a thin layer* (use two pans if necessary. I used one 10x15-inch jelly roll pan).
  5. Bake for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes. During the last 20 minutes of baking, stir in the dried apricots and dried cranberries. Cook granola until the oats look nice and golden.
  6. When you remove the granola from the oven at the end, don't stir it right away! The granola will form crunchy clusters as it cools.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate

*I really recommend going without parchment paper for this recipe. It will crisp up WAY better!

This granola stores well, in an airtight container, at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or keeps in the freezer for several months.

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16 Responses to Honey Almond Granola

  1. yes to the melted coconut oil and honey and I’m with you! the bigger the oat cluster, the better!!! love this!

  2. I’m always on the lookout for more granola recipes! This is so warming and cozy with the rich honey 🙂

  3. Yum!! Looks so much better than that store-bought stuff!

  4. Gina says:

    I must make this! I’ve been collecting granola recipes for a while now and haven’t made any yet because they all have so many ingredients. I think I have all of this right now in my kitchen though. So, no more excuses! Thanks for sharing!!

    • katrina says:

      oh man, basic granola shouldn’t have a ton of ingredients!! I assure you, you’ll love this!

      • Gina says:

        I just made this recipe today and it is AMAZING!!! I seriously could not stop snacking on it. My husband absolutely loves it as well!! I didn’t add in the fruits because I’m not big on dried fruits. But, seriously this recipe is fantastic and I’m sure I will make it many more times in the future. 🙂

        • katrina says:

          I often leave the fruit out too! Especially in summer when I can just add in fresh fruit. Thanks for letting me know how it went!

  5. Granola with yogurt and fruit will always be my favourite every day breakfast. I love trying out new granola recipes – this one looks great!

  6. Those coconut oil and honey crunchy oat clusters are calling my name! Yes. Please.

  7. Joanne says:

    I have been getting lazy with my breakfasts also, so granola has been KEY. If this is your favorite, then I absolutely must try it!

  8. I agree – this bigger the oat clusters, the better!!! My weekly breakfast rotation has been lacking lately – thanks for reminding me to make a big batch of granola! YUM

  9. This is STUNNING! I love all the nuts in it!

  10. Breakfast is my jam, I eat it for dinner at least once a week… just because I can. So I do. 🙂 LOVING this granola! SO.Much.Yum! I mean THREE types of almonds, honey oat clusters, pistachios, chia seeds AND cinnamon? GAHH! Gimme ALL of that! Pinned! Cheers, girl!

  11. Ashley says:

    Yes to big clumps in granola! This looks seriously so good. You had me immediately with homemade granola but when pistachios are involved?? Be still my heart!!

  12. Dayum girl! Now that is what I call granola, and perfect to make when you’re pottering about in the weekends 😀 I just made a really spicy Indian dish and nearly burnt my face off – hahah, happy weekend Katrina! xx

  13. Bunkycooks says:

    Homemade granola is so much better than the stuff you can buy. This looks like the perfect recipe to try for fall and combine with fresh apples pieces and vanilla or regular yogurt.

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