Make this easy homemade healthy granola recipe with honey and cinnamon for the week ahead! It’s crunchy, it’s sweet and absolutely divine! This quick and simple healthy breakfast idea is perfect for meal prep and stores super well at room temperature for about 10 days.
Serve your homemade granola with yogurt or with your favorite milk, or use it to top smoothie bowls. I actually also often just snack on it whenever I need something sweet.
Why You’ll Love This Easy Homemade Healthy Granola
There are many things I love about this healthy granola recipe…From the wonderfully buttery coconut shavings to the nice crunch from the almonds, to the sweet cinnamon flavor…The taste is cozy and just incredible. But there’s more to love about this wonderful breakfast, it’s:
- ridiculously easy to make
- way healthier
- made with only good for you ingredients
- great for meal prep as it stores well even at room temperature
Something else I loved about the preparation of this effortless breakfast was how easy the cleanup is. It takes just one bowl, a fork or another mixing tool and one baking pan. That’s definitely a win for me!
Once you have this homemade granola and see how good it tastes and how straightforward it is to put together, you won’t even think about getting a store-bought variety ever again.
Healthy Granola Ingredients
Pantry ingredients! That’s what the granola is made out of.
You know how you go grocery shopping and decide to buy all the healthy things: raw nuts, seeds, coconut flakes or shavings and oats. Then they stay sealed up in your pantry for months, even years…Maybe that’s just me, but this homemade granola recipe was definitely the best use of those coconut shavings I bought 9 months ago.
I remember picturing myself enjoying smoothie bowls for a brief moment when I was looking at the package. It never happened. Now it did and I’m so happy that I might even buy another big bag of organic coconut. Now here are all the ingredients that go into this simple make ahead breakfast:
- Oats. Any type will work, just make sure to use organic oats because you don’t want to be eating glyphosate for breakfast. I usually get oats that are gluten-free as well, because I’m following a gluten-free diet.
- Almonds. You can also use any other type of nuts like pecans, hazelnuts or even cashews. For the crunch and flavor.
- Seeds. I like adding some flaxseed, but sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds can be a great addition too!
- Coconut shavings. Coconut shavings are larger than coconut flakes and I really loved their sweet aroma in the granola. The shavings would definitely be my first choice, but coconut flakes will work great in the recipe as well!
- Honey. Use it to sweeten the granola, adding more of it will result in clusters and a more chunky granola. If you’re vegan, maple syrup is a great option for you here.
- Cinnamon. I love the sweet note of cinnamon in this granola. However, if you’re not a fan of cinnamon, you could also go for vanilla.
- Coconut oil. We need just a little bit of coconut oil for baking the granola.
- Salt. To help the flavors really pop!
How To Make Healthy Granola
This is a very easy process and I don’t like the word “lazy” but that’s the best way to describe it. Here’s what you need to do in order to put the granola together:
- Add all ingredients into a bowl. Mix everything very well together until all nuts, seeds, oats and coconut shavings are covered with the cinnamon and honey or maple syrup.
- Line a baking pan or sheet with parchment paper. Spread the granola in a single layer, pressing it down with your hands or a spatula.
- Bake at 350 F/180C for about 8-10 minutes, then turn once. Press the granola down and bake for another 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the granola cool off for one hour – it will become crunchier and even more delicious.
And that is it – your homemade healthy granola is ready!
If you desire, you can also add:
- Dried fruit like cranberries, blueberries, raisins or chopped prunes, figs. I always work my way around the dried fruit when I buy granola, so I decided to make it nuttier. If you do decide to use dried fruit too, use less honey or maple syrup (about a tbsp less), otherwise, the recipe will be too sweet.
- Chocolate chunks. Make sure to add the chunks after you’ve already baked the granola, otherwise they can burn.
How To Store This Breakfast
Once the granola is completely cooled off, add it to a glass jar or another airtight glass container. Close with a lid and store at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. The pantry is usually a great place to keep your granola jar.
What To Serve The Homemade Granola With
Here are some great serving options for this simple granola recipe:
- with your favorite milk and seasonal fruit
- on top of smoothie bowls
- with yogurt of choice, nut butter and seasonal fruit
- as a chia pudding topping with seasonal fruit
- top sauteed apples, peaches, plums or pears for a crumble-like breakfast
Why Is This Homemade Granola Healthy
This homemade granola recipe is a much healthier option than store-bought varieties. It is made with simple healthy foods and is rich in fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, B vitamins (especially folate, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin) and vitamin E. It is not sugar-free, but it isn’t overly sweet.
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes:
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp flaxseed
- 1/2 cup coconut shavings
- 4 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well until the nuts, seeds, oats and coconut shavings are coated with the honey (maple syrup) and cinnamon.
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Line a small baking pan with parchment paper and spread the granola. Make sure to press tightly with your hands. Do not spread too thin as the granola can brown and burn too quickly.
- Bake for 8 minutes, then turn once and bake, again pressing down. Bake for about 3-4 more minutes or until golden brown.
- Take out and let the granola cool off completely for at least 40 minutes to an hour. The granola will become crispier as it cools off.
- Once completely cooled off transfer to a glass jar and close with a lid. Store out of sunlight at room temperature for about 10 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 17gProtein: 5g