Vanilla Granola

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Vanilla Granola – Sweet and crunchy almond vanilla granola that is so much better than anything from the store!

Granola is one of those things that once you make it at home, you won’t really go back to store bought. It is so easy to make at home, and you can add in all of your favorite things! Almonds, craisins, white chocolate chips…you name it!

Vanilla Granola


Years ago there was a Vanilla Scented granola from the store that I loved. I was determined to make it healthier at home, and this is what I came up with. 6 years later it is still a favorite!

My favorite way to make this is with almonds, but just about any nut will work. Walnuts is another delicious option. The nice thing about homemade granola, is you can really customize it to whatever you like.

vanilla granola in a cup

How to Make Vanilla Granola

  • All of the dry ingredients get mix together and then spread out on a baking sheet. Here that is your oats, krispie cereal, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a small saucepan you mix together the oil, sugar, and honey. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla at this point.
  • Pour this mixture over the oats and mix until everything is coated.
  • Put it in a low oven and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and then mix in the craisins. At this point you can add in other seeds that you want or let it cool for a little bit and mix in white chocolate chips.
vanilla granola in a cup

Homemade Granola is great to have on hand for snacks or breakfasts. We love it over yogurt with fruit or you can enjoy it with milk like traditional cereal. Or when you are craving something crunchy or sweet, it makes a great thing to snack on.

Store granola in an air tight container and it is good in the pantry for a few weeks.

vanilla granola in a cup

Can You Freeze Granola

Yes, you absolutely can! Just store in a freezer safe bag or air tight container and it will last for a few months in the freezer.

We like to give homemade granola as gifts in a cut jar with a ribbon at the holidays, so knowing it can freeze and last awhile is great!

So skip the store bought granola that is always over priced and has way more sugar and ingredients that you need. Homemade is super easy, and tastes so much better!

Vanilla Granola - Sweet and crunchy almond vanilla granola that is so much better than anything from the store!

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vanilla granola in a cup
4.80 from 5 votes

Vanilla Granola

By Erin
Vanilla Granola – Sweet and crunchy almond vanilla granola that is so much better than anything from the store!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 3 cups Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, (or canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line or spray a large baking sheet (with edges) with non stick spray.
  • In a large bowl mix together the oats, Rice Krispies, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a small sauce pan combine the honey and coconut oil. Over medium heat bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Pour oil mixture over the oats. Mix until everything is well coated.
  • Spread onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Granola should be a light golden brown color.
  • Remove from the oven, and mix in the dried cranberries.
  • Allow the granola to cool completely before removing from the pan. Store in an air-tight container.


Serving: 12Servings | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 112mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 258
Keyword: vanilla granola
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  1. I love homemade granola and always try to have a fresh batch on hand. This recipe did not disappoint and had the perfect combination of flavors. I love to eat it over ice cream!