Adding granola to a recipe just makes it that much better. Crunching on crunchy granola is so satisfying. Like we ate something. This easy homemade vanilla almond granola is perfect and can be used in so many different ways! It is the perfect snack if you’re busy or for kids. Here are just a few.
Uses for Homemade Granola.
- Topping for yogurt or Greek yogurt
- Topping for vanilla cupcake
- Topping for puddings
- Homemade trail mix
- Breakfast baked goods
- smoothie bowls
If you’re like me and have a ton of oatmeal laying around because it’s the summer and you don’t like buying granola at the grocery store know one is eating oatmeal for breakfast, then you’re in good company. This almond granola recipe will knock your socks off. And in just 30 to 45 minutes you can have delicious granola ready to go for your morning breakfast or afternoon dessert!
This homemade granola is such a great snack when on the go and had a ton of healthy ingredients!
No more spending money on store bought granola that only lasts a few days. It’s time to make our own super fast, super healthy, and without all that other added junk!
What oatmeal is the best oatmeal for homemade vanilla almond granola?
The best oatmeal to use for this granola recipe is old-fashioned oats. I use the Quaker Oats brand and it is just fantastic. Make sure you aren’t using the oatmeal packets, but are rather using the dry old fashioned oats in the large quaker oats container. You can also use quick oats for this recipe.
Also, be sure to use pure maple syrup for this recipe, the cheap stuff won’t work with this granola recipe.
How to Make Vanilla Almond Granola.
This is the easiest granola recipe to make and will be done in just 45 minutes! Let’s get to it!
First, place parchment paper on a large baking sheet.
Second, in a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: oats, slivered almonds, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt. Mix this well and set aside. You will want the oats and almonds to be well coated with the cinnamon.
Thirdly, whisk the wet ingredients together: pure maple syrup with the melted butter until well combined. Then, add the vanilla extract and almond extract (if using) and whisk until well combined and pour over the oats and stir until the oat mixture is evenly coated.
Lastly, pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it around evenly covering the entire pan. Stir every 10 minutes to prevent uneven cooking and burning. Your homemade granola is done when it is golden brown.
If you want to spice this granola up even more, you can add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, banana chips , a variety of nuts, and almond extract for an extra almond flavor. Add any of your other favorite things!
How do I Store Granola?
You can store homemade vanilla almond granola in an airtight container or a sealed ziplock bag in a cool, dry spot for up to 6 months. Granola can also be frozen in a ziplock bag.
I love how versatile granola is! If you are craving chocolate turn this recipe into a chocolate granola recipe! Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1 cup chocolate chips! Adding sea salt into the granola mixture will really make those chocolate flavors pop!
When I was making this vanilla almond granola recipe, I wanted something crunchy in my yogurt. I really dislike soft yogurt. I don’t know why lol. It’s just odd to me. I was also sick up buying granola at the grocery store and going through it super fast! That’s 5 bucks (well spent) but gone too fast! This recipe makes SO MUCH granola, it lasts about 2 weeks! Ughh yah, that’s awesome!
So, no more wasting money on store bought granola ladies, it’s time to make our own super fast, super healthy, and without all that other added junk!
Find the full recipe below!
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- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cups slivered almonds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 TBL brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix the oats, slivered almonds, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Set aside.
- Whisk the pure maple syrup with the melted butter until well combined.
- Add the vanilla extract and almond extract (if using) and whisk until well combined.
- Pour the maple mixture over the oats and stir until the oat mixture is evenly coated.
- Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it around evenly.
- Place into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Freeze it for up to three months.