Slightly sweet, crunchy granola with hints of vanilla, almond, and cinnamon flavor! Surprisingly easy and much more affordable than the store-bought variety.
School is back in session and this teacher has been going 100 miles a minute! But seriously. The beginning of the school year is always so hectic. Awesome and exciting, too, but also very hectic.
Know what’s great on hectic mornings?
Vanilla Almond Granola. Homemade, of course! I can’t believe I’ve never made this stuff before. It’s so much cheaper than buying it pre-made and it’s absolutely delicious! The addition of a tiiiny bit of almond extract is brilliant–it brings out the almond flavor just the right amount without being overpowering.
I love sprinkling this it on plain Greek yogurt. It makes for a quick, healthy breakfast with virtually no prep-time required.
The granola adds a necessary crunch, texture, and touch of sweetness to the otherwise tart yogurt. Something about the contrast between the creamy yogurt and slightly crunchy granola just works, ya know? Sprinkle some ripe berries on top and you’ve got yourself a filling meal loaded with all kinds of yummyness.
I know you don’t need another reason to make this super easy recipe, but here’s one more anyway: your house will smell AMAZING for hours after you make this. Cinnamon and vanilla always seem to exude the most awesomely sweet, warm aroma when baked.
Plus, all you need are two mixing bowls to make it!
One small note about this recipe: yes, it calls for coconut oil, but you won’t taste it. I promise. My husband hates coconut and he had no idea I used coconut oil in the granola. If you’re allergic or still don’t believe me, feel free to substitute some vegetable oil.
Do you like granola? What’s your favorite variety? Let me know in the comment section!
Vanilla Almond Granola
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 3/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or vegetable/canola oil)
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1). Preheat the oven to 300F. Line a large baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2). In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt.
3). In a medium bowl, whisk the syrup, oil, almond extract and vanilla extract together until well combined. Pour over the oats and toss well.
4). Spread the granola on the pan in one even layer. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes (<–very important!!). Let the granola cool before consuming.
Servings: about 13 servings of 1/4 cup each. Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 171 Carbs: 20g Fat: 9g Protein: 4g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 9g