Honey Almond Granola
When it comes to food, Mike is a creature of habit. He eats the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. Of course, I pack his lunch and buy his breakfast food, so maybe that actually makes me a creature of habit. Regardless, every morning he has a bowl of cereal and a smoothie for breakfast. I’m starting to think that cereal (especially the kind he prefers) isn’t necessarily the healthiest choice. Enter: homemade granola! I’ve made granola plenty of times in the past, but to be honest, most of the time I just don’t get around to making it on a regular basis. However, with a recipe this easy, there really is no excuse to not have it on hand all the time.
Not only is this granola recipe simple and easy, it’s also very customizable. It is a great granola base with oats and honey and almonds, but you could substitute other nuts, increase or decrease the sweetness level, add in some dried fruit, etc. This is a great starting point for however you like to eat your granola. Plus, have I mentioned it’s easy? Mike loves eating this for breakfast, although i have to admit that it’s such a habit for him to reach for the cereal box first thing in the morning that I find myself having to remind him that there’s granola available.
Honey Almond Granola
3 1/2 cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 350. Spray a 15x10 jelly roll pan with nonstick spray. Combine the oats and almonds in a large bowl and set aside. Combine the honey, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Add the honey mixture to the oats and almonds and stir to combine. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Be careful as it burns quickly near the end. Stir in the dried fruit. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
from Quaker Oats
thanks looks similar to the recipe I use but we don't even add butter – that way it really is perfect for a meal or snack! this looks perfect though!
What a great basic recipe! I love that it is something you can add to based on taste.
We've converted to granola instead of cereal too! In fact, I'm eating a bowl right now 🙂
I stopped buying cereal because I make granola all the time and love it. This recipe is going right next to all my other granola recipes… can't wait to try it!
I've been looking for a good recipe for granola! Thanks:)
LOVE it! Granola is the perfect summertime breafast…or second breakfast 🙂
Would love this! I've made granola a few times, I don't know why I don't make it more. You know what you could do? Replace the cereal in the box with your granola, haha!
I just made a huge batch of granola to take with us to the beach. The kids are gobbling it down by the handful! Yours looks lovely. 🙂
My husband does the same thing with eating the same meals everyday, except he'll go in stages of different things every few months 🙂 This granola looks great! I love homemade granola!
This sounds perfect. I have been searching for a recipe that doesn't use a ton of sugar and maple syrup, thanks for sharing!
Sounds like a healthy, but tasty recipe! If I can just keep myself from throwing in some m&m's:)
thanks for the reminder to make granola! i've been missing it lately. 🙂
great recipe! Love this syrup addition!
I was just going through some of my old recipes and came across “chewy granola bars” from your blog, so I was coming back to check them out again and now you have this yummy granola recipe posted. I'm gonna have to try this one now too. Does the cinnamon flavor stand out? If I'm making this for someone that is not a huge cinnamon fan but a big granola lover, do you think I could leave it out and have this still taste as yummy?
Jenn – I honestly don't remember strong cinnamon flavor standing out in this recipe. I forgot there was even cinnamon in it until I read your comment, so I think you would be fine leaving it out. I hope you like it! 🙂
I recently made granola for the first time and boy, what a treat. Tastes way better than the store bought stuff and much healthier too. Looks like I found a new recipe to try. Thanks for sharing Megan 🙂
I eat homemade granola all the time and love trying new recipes. This sounds great!
You’re my go to guide for great comfort food
Thank you, that is so good to hear!! 🙂