Honey Almond Granola

I’m not quite sure how this happened but it’s become a bit of a tradition for me to share a new granola recipe with you during the holidays. I mean, there are worse things. Plus, it kind of makes me feel all proud up here on my high horse to share a somewhat nutritious snack in the midst of sugar overload (you know, all those recipes I’ve been posting for weeks now).

Not only is granola a perfect little snack (my favorite way is over homemade yogurt and very often, just by the handful), but it also makes a delightful gift for the holidays. Package it up in a jar with a tag or even a cellophane bag and you’re done. One year, to only my most special of friends, I gave a jar of granola and a jar of homemade yogurt. And tried not to feel grinchly as I walked away wishing I had kept it all to myself.

While I have many granola loves in my life, this is a new favorite and I’ll tell you why. Unlike other granola recipes I’ve made and loved, half of the almonds in this recipe are ground up and mixed in with the other ingredients which means the delicious, nutty almond flavor sneaks it’s way into all the nooks and crannies of this granola. Perfectly sweet (meaning not too sweet) and ultra-simple to make, I have a huge container of this sitting in my pantry waiting for me to decide whether or not I’ll be gifting it or gobbling it up. Tough holiday decisions ahead.

Honey Almond Granola

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Honey Almond Granola

Yield: Makes about 10 cups of granola


  • 6 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted almonds, divided
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper (this is optional, you can leave them unlined if you'd rather, just watch to make sure the granola doesn't stick while baking).
  2. Add the oats, salt, and brown sugar to a large bowl.
  3. In a food processor or blender, process one cup of the almonds until they are very finely chopped, similar to the texture of almond meal (don't process too long or it will become almond butter). Pour the mixture into the bowl with the oats. Coarsely chop the other half of the almonds and add them in the bowl. Toss until mixed evenly.
  4. Combine the honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low just until the coconut oil is melted. Add the vanilla and whisk to combine.
  5. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss until evenly mixed. Pour the granola evenly on two large, rimmed baking sheets and spread into an even layer.
  6. Bake the granola for 15-25 minutes, tossing once or twice. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn. It should smell fragrant and be lightly golden. The exact baking time will depend on how crunchy you like your granola.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool on the baking sheets before breaking up into pieces and storing in an airtight container.

Recipe Source: adapted just slightly from a sweet reader, Jessica S., who sent the recipe to me by way of the Lovely Little Kitchen

30 Responses to Honey Almond Granola

  1. Yvette says:

    Mel- I made this last night with a bunch of adorable cub scouts. They loved it. It was the perfect thing for them to hep us make in the kitchen. I added cinnamon to it and we sprinkled it over vanilla ice cream. It tasted exactly like fried ice cream. YUMMY! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  2. Michelle says:

    We LOVE this! Eric loves it, I love it- i’ve shared it with my family and my parents are obsessed with it. Seriously – it’s become a thing in the family, “Have you tried this granola??? … Oh, let me make it for you, it will change your life!”

  3. Rachel says:

    This stuff is unbelievably good!! Thanks!!

  4. Emma says:

    I just made this. Mostly to put on my yogurt. I fear I may not have any left for my yogurt because I keep snacking on it while it is cooling! So delicious. Time to put it away! Thank-you!

  5. Liz says:

    I have been making this recipe about every 10-14 days since you posted it – so easy and quick! I add anything else (dried or fresh fruit or even coconut flakes) when I dish it up and find I like that much better than adding a lot to the granola when making it.

    I really like the ground almond part and just recently saw a Melissa Clark video and she was going for more clusters so her technique was to grind some of the oatmeal and let the mix sit a bit before putting on the pan so that the ground oatmeal could be hydrated. So, my last round, I ground both a cup of the almonds and a cup of oatmeal and after mixing let everything sit for 20 minutes before putting on baking sheets. I really like the resulting texture which does remain a bit more cluster-y.

  6. sheila says:

    I will test the recipe expect a certain required

  7. Christi C says:

    Can a different oil, like canola oil, be used in place of the coconut oil? Allergies to coconut!
    I currently make a ATK granola recipe that’s really good, but I’m always looking for a new one and this one bakes in half the time! This sounds and looks yummy!

  8. Barb says:

    I just made this. Its so good. I add dried. cherries to it.

  9. Ashlee says:

    Okay you posted the dark chocolate granola today, but I decided to contain myself and wait for my thrive order to arrive that will have yogurt bites & strawberries;) but I did finish off a pumpkin spice granola from Target and wanted more, so I did this recipe, using almond meal from making milk for the processed almonds, and I used pumpkin seeds instead of almonds for the last bit. I didn’t put in vanilla, but I did add Allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. It’s awesome. Thanks for such great recipes!!!

  10. Leslie says:

    3/4 boys are allergic to nuts. Sad! I’m sure you haven’t tried it without the almonds, but think still good? I lost my granola recipe and looking for a new one!

  11. Dani B says:

    Just an update that may help others….wanted to make another batch today but didn’t have honey so I thought I could just substitute more brown sugar. Nope. When I cooked it with the coconut oil it solidified instead of dissolving then hardened when I added it to my oat mixture. #epicfail Needeless to say I went right to the store and bought more honey and I’m back in business!

  12. Abbie says:

    I love granola!!! I finally got around to trying this. It is now by far my favorite. Thanks so much!!!

  13. Cindy says:

    This was my first time making granola. I’m not sure why I haven’t attempted to before now. This recipe seemed very doable and I had everything on hand. O my goodness! So so so much better than any store bought granola. I can’t wait to try other varieties, the possibilities seem endless.

  14. Dani B says:

    I’ve had another favorite granola recipe that I’ve enjoyed for years – this one has now replaced it 🙂 We’re having it tonight in yogurt parfaits for dessert. Thanks for another winning recipe, Mel.

  15. Georganna Fluckiger says:

    I just made a batch and it is so yummy! Thank you so much for this easy granola recipe!

  16. Margo says:

    I made this today and it’s delicious!!!

  17. Hilary says:

    Just pulled this out of the oven…so, so, SO delicious!!!!!!

  18. Paige says:

    This granola looks amazing, and I love anything with almonds. An automatic win right here!


  19. Wendy says:

    I found this one at Lovely Little Kitchen too, by way of Pinterest, and it is my favorite for a basic granola. I love that it stays more clumpy with the ground almonds. I often sub some of the honey with pure maple syrup, add a bit of cinnamon, and throw in a few tablespoons of ground flax seed too. Yum!

  20. Sally says:

    This is very similar to my favorite recipe for granola — the same ingredients except for the oil in slightly differing amounts. I love the idea of chopping the almonds — I’ll add that step to my recipe. Thanks!

  21. Nicole H says:

    I, for one, really like your tradition of posting a granola recipe each year. I hadn’t made it before a few years ago, and now my family has started making your granola after I shared some with them. This new recipe sounds especially good, I love honey and almonds together!

  22. Amy T says:

    My friend shared this exact recipe with me a few weeks ago, but with coconut flakes added also. My husband eats it up! Also my gluten-free friend is in heaven. http://lloydsrecipebox.blogspot.com/2014/05/granola-with-coconut-and-almonds.html?view=flipcard I have tried it with pecans (because I have a glut of them this year) and it is great with those instead of almonds too.

  23. Stephanie says:

    Could you please provide details on the type of almonds that you use? Raw, roasted, salted or not, etc. Can’t wait to try this.

    Love love love your site!

  24. Helen says:

    Can’t wait to try this !!! Especially since my ONLY New Years resolution this year is to start making homemade yogurt regularly…

  25. Sheila says:

    Neat idea! Grind up the almonds. Your generous heart is way more giving than mine. Once I get a batch of your so very delicious homemade yogurt made, there is no way I’m giving it away as a gift. 🙁

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