Healthy Vanilla Almond Granola w/ White Chocolate

How to make deliciously healthy vanilla almond granola with white chocolate chips. It’s nutrient-dense with oats, chia seeds, and almonds. And naturally sweetened w/ honey. It is seriously better than store-bought!

How to make deliciously healthy vanilla almond granola made gluten-free w/ oats & naturally sweetened w/ honey

Do you love the fancy store-bought granola cereals as much as I do? But maybe you’ve found they can be expensive, and you’d like better control of the ingredients. Then you will love my simple recipe for making a healthier and even more delicious version of vanilla almond granola at home.

This gluten-free granola is made with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and honey, unlike sugary cereals that can leave you crashing before lunchtime. It’s a perfect balance of indulgence and nutrition. With its high fiber content, you’ll feel satisfied and energized throughout the morning. Plus, the absence of gluten means it’s suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. 

The vanilla almond aroma is heavenly, and the vanilla flavor pairs perfectly with your favorite fresh fruit.

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Why You’ll Love My Healthy Vanilla Almond Granola Recipe:

  • It’s naturally sweetened without any processed sugar.
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
  • It tastes as good as, if not healthier than, store-bought granola.
  • The simple ingredients are affordable and easy to find

Ingredients & Substitutions

Almonds: You can replace almonds with other nuts like walnuts, pecans, or cashews if you have allergies or prefer a different nut.

Old-Fashioned Oats: If you want to make this granola gluten-free, use gluten-free oats or other gluten-free grains like quinoa flakes or rice flakes.

Shredded Coconut: You can substitute shredded coconut with unsweetened coconut flakes or omit it altogether if you’re not a fan of coconut.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds can be replaced with flax seeds or hemp seeds for a similar texture and nutritional boost.

Coconut Sugar: Replace coconut sugar with brown sugar, maple sugar, or your preferred sweetener like stevia or erythritol.

White Chocolate Chips: If you want a healthier option or have dietary restrictions, you can use dark chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, or omit them entirely.

Almond Butter: If you have a nut allergy or want a different flavor, you can use sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter.

Coconut Oil: You can replace coconut oil with melted butter, ghee, or a neutral vegetable oil like canola or grapeseed oil.

Honey: If you prefer not to use honey, you can use maple syrup, agave nectar, or a sweetener of your choice.

Almond Extract: If you don’t have almond extract or want to avoid it, you can omit it or replace it with vanilla extract.

Vanilla Extract: You can use other extracts like maple, hazelnut, or coconut extract for a different flavor

How to Make My Healthy Vanilla Almond Granola

Step 1: Chop the Almonds

Pour 1/3 cup of almonds into a food blender. I like to use the convenient chopper cup that works with my immersion blender. Pulse the almonds until chopped. You can also use store-bought slivered almonds if you prefer.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients

Pour the chopped almonds, old-fashioned oats, shredded coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir it with a spatula until well combined.

You can also use quick oats, but I prefer old-fashioned oats for granola. The oat flakes are larger, which creates larger clumps of granola. I find them easier and more satisfying to eat as granola cereal in a bowl of milk.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Step 3: Combine the Wet Ingredients

Combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a bowl and stir with a fork until well combined.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until all the oats are coated.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
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Step 4. Spread on Cookie Sheet

Line a large 17-inch baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Cut the parchment paper about 2 inches larger than the pan. Dump the granola into the center of the pan and spread it out evenly using a spatula.

Optional: Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the white chocolate chips over the granola.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Step 5: Bake in Intervals

Bake at 350°F for a total of 16 minutes. Set the timer for 8 minutes. Pull the sheet pan out of the oven and gently lift the sides of the parchment paper to redistribute the granola. Then spread the granola with a spatula. Stirring the granola will ensure it cooks evenly. Then return to the oven and bake for eight more minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool on the counter before transferring to an air-tight container.

Juiced and zested orange on a kitchen counter.

Homemade Vanilla Granola Recipe Notes

Customize Your Ingredients: Feel free to customize the ingredients based on your dietary preferences and what you have on hand. This recipe is quite versatile.

Sweeteners: If you’re watching your sugar intake, you can reduce the sweeteners like honey or coconut sugar. The natural sweetness from the other ingredients might be sufficient.

Mixing the Wet Ingredients: Make sure to mix the wet ingredients thoroughly to create a smooth and even coating for the dry ingredients. You can gently warm the almond butter and coconut oil to make mixing easier.

Evenly Distribute the Granola: When spreading the granola on the baking sheet, try to distribute it evenly. This ensures even cooking and prevents some parts from becoming too dark.

Stirring During Baking: Stirring the granola during baking is essential to prevent burning and ensure even browning. Be gentle when stirring to avoid breaking the granola clusters.

Cool Completely: Before storing your granola, make sure it has cooled completely. This will help maintain its crispness.

Use an Airtight Container: Transfer the cooled granola to an airtight container. A glass jar, plastic container, or a resealable plastic bag work well. Make sure it seals tightly to keep air and moisture out.

Avoid Moisture: Moisture is the enemy of granola, as it can make it lose its crunch. Store your granola in a dry place away from humidity.

Room Temperature: If the environment is relatively cool and dry, you can store granola at room temperature. It will typically stay fresh for up to two weeks.

Refrigeration: If you’re concerned about keeping the granola fresh for an extended period or if your kitchen tends to be humid, you can refrigerate it. In the refrigerator, granola can last for up to a month.

Freezing: For longer-term storage, granola can be frozen. Place it in an airtight container or a resealable freezer bag and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to three months. When ready to use, allow it to come to room temperature or reheat it in the oven to restore its crispness

What is granola?

Granola is a breakfast cereal or snack made primarily from rolled oats mixed with various ingredients such as nuts, seeds, sweeteners, and often dried fruits. It’s typically baked until it’s crisp and golden brown.

Is granola gluten free?

Yes, when you use certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats.

Can I make granola at home?

Yes, homemade granola is easy to make. You can control the ingredients and tailor it to your preferences. There are numerous granola recipes available, including gluten-free and vegan options.

How long does homemade granola last?

Homemade granola can last for up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. When refrigerated, it can stay fresh for about a month. For longer storage, freeze it for up to three months.

Can I adjust granola recipes to my dietary restrictions?

Absolutely! Granola recipes are versatile and can be adjusted to meet various dietary requirements. You can make gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, or low-sugar granola by choosing suitable ingredients.

What are some common granola add-ins?

Common granola add-ins include nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin), dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots), spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), and even chocolate chips or cacao nibs.

How can I prevent my granola from becoming soggy?

To prevent granola from becoming soggy, ensure it’s completely cool before storing it in an airtight container. Avoid storing it in a humid environment, and consider adding moisture-absorbing packs if needed.

Is granola suitable for weight loss?

Granola can be part of a weight loss plan when consumed in moderation. Pay attention to portion sizes, choose lower-sugar options, and use it as a topping for yogurt or a snack rather than a large bowl with added milk.

Can I use granola as a cereal with milk?

Yes, granola is often enjoyed with milk or yogurt as a breakfast cereal. It adds texture, flavor, and nutrition to your morning meal.

How can I make my granola clusters stick together better?

To make granola clusters stick together, ensure the wet ingredients (like honey or nut butter) are evenly distributed and use gentle pressure when spreading the mixture on the baking sheet. Avoid stirring too frequently during baking to allow clusters to form.

If you love granola, check out more of my healthy, naturally-sweetened granola recipes:

How to make deliciously healthy vanilla almond granola made gluten-free w/ oats & naturally sweetened w/ honey

Healthy Vanilla Almond Granola w/ White Chocolate

How to make deliciously healthy vanilla almond granola with white chocolate chips. It's nutrient-dense with oats, chia seeds, and almonds. And naturally sweetened w/ honey. It is seriously better than store-bought!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 16
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes

Ingredients
  

DRY INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup almonds (chopped or slivered)
  • 3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds (white, if you can find them)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

WET INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Chop the almonds in a food processor or chopper cup.
    1/3 cup almonds
  • Combine the chopped almonds, oats, shredded coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir with a spatula until combined.
    3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, 3 tablespoons chia seeds, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Combine the almond butter, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a bowl and mix with a fork until well combined.
    1/3 cup almond butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup honey, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until all the oats are coated.
  • Line a large 17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the parchment 2 inches larger than the sheet pan. Pour the granola into the center of the pan and spread with a spatula until evenly distributed.
    Optional: Sprinkle white chocolate chips over the granola.
  • Bake at 350°F. Set the timer for 8 minutes. Pull the sheet pan out of the oven and gently stir to redistribute the granola. Stirring the granola will ensure it cooks evenly. Then return to the oven and bake for eight more minutes for a total of 16 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a cooling rack until the chocolate is cooled and solidified. Store in an airtight container.

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Nutrition

Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 81mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond butter, cereal, gluten free, granola, honey, naturally sweetened, vanilla
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

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  1. Anne Avatar
    Anne

    5 stars
    I made this granola today for the first time it is absolutely divine..smells delicious when out of the oven.
    Definitely having it for breakfast tomorrow and possibly everyday from now..can’t wait to try some more of your recipes..I will be making it again that’s for sure.

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      admin

      Hi Anne, thank you so much for the review! I’m thrilled you love my recipe 🙂 I agree; the aroma from the oven is amazing. I should make a candle with the same scent…haha 🙂

  2. Sandra Avatar
    Sandra

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it is a solid win! I so appreciate Nicole bringing these recipes to YouTube so I can expand my knowledge of “cooking myself” so I “know what is in my family’s food”! Such simple tweaks really show you how to end up with actual homemade yummy food! Keep up the great work Nicole!

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      admin

      Hi Sandra, thank you so much for sharing this! I’m so excited about your journey to make delicious and nutritious food at home. I’ll keep posting recipes and videos 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this granola today for the first time it is absolutely divine..smells delicious when out of the oven.
    Definitely having it for breakfast tomorrow and possibly everyday from now..can’t wait to try some more of your recipes..I will be making it again that’s for sure.

    1. Hi Anne, thank you so much for the review! I’m thrilled you love my recipe 🙂 I agree; the aroma from the oven is amazing. I should make a candle with the same scent…haha 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it is a solid win! I so appreciate Nicole bringing these recipes to YouTube so I can expand my knowledge of “cooking myself” so I “know what is in my family’s food”! Such simple tweaks really show you how to end up with actual homemade yummy food! Keep up the great work Nicole!

    1. Hi Sandra, thank you so much for sharing this! I’m so excited about your journey to make delicious and nutritious food at home. I’ll keep posting recipes and videos 🙂

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