Vanilla Almond Granola

Give old-fashioned granola new life with this sweet and crunchy Vanilla Almond Granola recipe. Easy to make and so many ways to enjoy.

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a bowl of yogurt topped with vanilla almond granola.

Why we love this recipe

This yummy vanilla granola has the right balance of sweetness and spice by combining a natural sweetener like maple syrup with a touch of warm aromatic cinnamon. 

Just like this protein granola – it is a tasty and satisfying recipe. 

We also like that this vanilla almond granola is naturally vegan and gluten-free! Just be sure to check the label of the oats for any possible allergens.

a scoop of vanilla almond granola from a baking pan.


  • oats – we highly recommend rolled oats for this recipe. Quick oats may be substituted however the cooking time and the texture will both be different as the old-fashioned oats hold up better during baking.
  • almonds whole almonds chopped in half are the secret to this recipe! Slivered or sliced almonds are fine but there is nothing like the crunch of a roasted almond.
  • ground cinnamon – adds a punch of warm spice to the blend. You could also add a pinch of nutmeg.
  • sea salt – an essential ingredient to bring out the flavors in the rest of the items.
  • almond butter – crunchy or smooth – it is totally up to you! Both work well.
  • maple syrup – honey is a perfect substitute.
  • vanilla extract – use more than usual for a strong essence of the flavor.


ingredients on a tray.

Instructions for Vanilla Almond Granola

Step 1

Start by preheating the oven to 300 and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Using a whisk or spoon, toss the oats with cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl and set aside.

dry ingredients being whisked.

Step 3

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt together the wet ingredients – almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. 

wet ingredients being warmed over low heat in a saucepan.

Step 4

Pour the warm mixture over the oat mixture and stir until combined.

Add the chopped almonds and give everything a good last mix.

oats mixture being stirred with melted almond butter mixture.

Step 5

Dump the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it out into an even layer.

Press down firmly using a flat spatula.

granola mixture pressed into a pan.

Step 6

Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 35 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.

If you want clusters in the granola, try not to stir too much while baking.

Step 7

Once the granola is golden brown, take the pan out of the oven. Use a flat spatula and immediately press down on the hot granola to help create those coveted crunchy clusters.

Let it cool completely in the pan before breaking it into pieces.

freshly baked granola in a baking pan.

Expert tip

If you love those granola clusters, avoid stirring the mixture too much during baking. As soon as you remove it from the oven, press firmly down on the granola with a flat spatula, then allow it to cool completely before breaking it into clusters.

Recipe variations

  • Customize your vanilla almond granola by adding extras like dried fruits such as cranberries, cherries, or raisins. Sprinkle these add-on ingredients right after the granola has finished baking and press them down firmly with a flat spatula. This step will preserve their taste and texture.
  • Add more chopped nuts like walnuts, cashews, peanuts, or pecans to add even more crunch.
  • Experiment with different extract flavorings such as almond or maple extract.

Serving Suggestions

  • The crunchy texture of the granola tastes delicious mixed into yogurt and topped with fresh berries.
  • Enjoy it sprinkled on top of smoothie bowls.
  • Pour cold milk overtop for a tasty cereal with freshly sliced strawberries.
  • Simply eat by the handful as a healthy snack
a bowl of vanilla almond granola with yogurt.


Can I double the recipe?

Yes! If you want to make a larger batch, you can double or even triple the recipe. Be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly and use a larger baking sheet if needed.

Can I gift homemade granola?

Absolutely! Package it in a decorative jar or bag, tie on a personalized label, and you have a thoughtful and delicious homemade present.


Store the granola in an airtight container, such as a mason jar with a lid, at room temperature. It is best eaten within a week.

a cup of vanilla almond granola from a baking sheet.

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**This recipe was originally published on August 29, 2014, and republished on May 13, 2023, with recipe updates, new photos, and writing.**

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a scoop of vanilla almond granola.

Vanilla Almond Granola

Sharon Rhodes
Give old-fashioned granola new life with this sweet and crunchy Vanilla Almond Granola recipe. Easy to make and so many ways to enjoy.
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 358 kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Next, in a large mixing bowl, toss oats together with the salt and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Then, combine almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Melt them together, stirring until smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the oats and stir until well combined. Add the almonds and stir again.
  • Spread the mixture onto your baking sheet. Press it into an even layer and use a flat spatula to press down firmly.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, flipping the mixture about halfway through baking. Watch for the mixture to start to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and press it down with the flat spatula again. Let the mixture completely cool in the pan then break it into clusters.




Store the granola in an airtight container, such as a mason jar with a lid, at room temperature. It is best eaten within a week.


Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 7gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.002gSodium: 199mgPotassium: 289mgFiber: 5gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this this morning as we ran out of our commercial granola – and I thought I had everything in the recipe. I did – and it turned out very good. Husband also pronounced this as quite good! I did add nuts and raisins after it was cooked – and used honey, as that was what I had on hand. I will certainly make this again – as the first time always takes the longest with a recipe – and next time may be quicker than shopping!

    1. Yes Kathy!! I love the addition of the raisins mmmmm – and bonus that the hubby approved. Not only will it be faster than a trip to the store – you get the wonderful aroma that fills the kitchen 🙂 Healthy air freshener – totally free! xo

  2. I go through phases where all I want to eat is cereal and granola is one of my favorite cravings. I just made a batch myself. This granola looks delicious and I love the almond butter!

    1. Cereal = the best ever. 😉 The almond butter was so nice. Surprisingly different from peanut butter! Much roastier. Not a word, I know, but you get it, right? 🙂

  3. I love making granola! I have a go-to that I usually always make, but I might have to switch it up and try this one next. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much Cece! Are you from the Czech Republic? I noticed the -ova at the end of your name. I lived in Prague for a year and always notice that -ova with women’s names.

  4. I think I have about fifty different granola recipes.. but I always am on the lookout for more! I will be trying your vanilla and almond flavoured granola recipe, it looks and sounds delicious!

    1. Thanks Thalia! Isn’t it funny, I can never have enough granola recipes, either. No such thing as ‘Too much of a good thing”. 😉 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

  5. Great Recipe! I have never used almond butter while making granola. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Ester! I loved the almond in this. I’ve made granola before with peanut butter, which is good also, but the almond butter adds something special. No wonder it’s ridiculously expensive! 😉

    1. Honey is so delicious in this! I have made it with both and loved them equally. I went with maple syrup for this one to do a vegan version. 🙂

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