Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy homemade granola made with oats, honey, coconut oil and your choice of add-ins. You’ll love this quick and simple healthy breakfast recipe.

granola in a bowl with bananas and strawberries

Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola

This recipe for healthy homemade granola is so easy and forgiving. You can add or not add just about anything. Lots of times I just add what I have available and when I made this batch, that wasn’t much. This time around I didn’t add any dried fruit or nuts and we still loved it. This really plain version makes for very economical granola that still tastes great. Oats are cheap! I serve this like cold cereal with milk and it is also excellent with vanilla yogurt and fresh or frozen berries as a snack.

My favorite part about this granola is that it uses honey instead of sugar. Did you know that raw honey has an indefinite shelf life? I keep honey stored in quart mason jars in my pantry as part of my food storage (it’s much easier to deal with in the quart jars because it crystallizes over time). Oh, how I love honey and long for bees of my own. That’s a project for another day though.

Homemade healthy granola in two bowls with bananas and strawberries and a glass of milk to the side

How is cooking with honey different from table sugar?

Honey burns pretty easily. If your granola is looking dark or smelling like it’s burning, turn the oven down 25 degrees and take it out the pan while the oven cools. Burnt honey granola isn’t the best. However, honey has a great flavor and is more natural!

What other things can I mix into granola?

The recipe mentions you can add coconut, raisins, craisins, and nuts! Other great ideas for adding to granola are chia seeds, roasted pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and other dried fruits like apples, pears, and peaches! Granola is a great food to mix and match what you like.

How long does homemade granola last?

If you keep your granola in an airtight container and store it ina cool, dry place it can last up to 6 months! You can also freeze granola just like you would cookies or other baked goods. This makes granola an awesome food because you can make a bunch and use it over time without worrying about it going bad quickly!

Homemade healthy granola

Healthy Homemade Granola

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 15 min
  • Yield: About 8 cups 1x


Healthy homemade granola made with oats, honey, coconut oil and your choice of add-ins. You’ll love this simple healthy breakfast recipe.



  • 6 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, if you don’t like/want it, add another cup of oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup raisins, Craisins, or none to taste
  • 1 cup nuts, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a big cookie sheet with parchment and grease lightly.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, coconut (if using), flour, salt, and cinnamon. In a small bowl whisk together the water, oil, honey, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Mix everything together making sure there are no dry spots.
  3. Spread granola onto the prepared cookie sheet. The pan will be nice and full. Bake for about an hour and half total, stirring every 20 minutes to make sure everything bakes evenly. When you are stirring, don’t get too crazy because you don’t want to break up all of the clumps.
  4. When granola starts to turn a light golden color (about an hour into cooking) add your nuts and your dried fruit. Continue cooking until everything is a nice golden color, taking care not to burn the nuts. The granola will still be slightly sticky when you take it out and will crisp up after it cools.
  5. Store in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge if you aren’t going through it very quickly.


  • This recipe is very forgiving. If I am feeling cheap or plain I don’t add any nuts or dried fruit. The plain-jane granola is excellent with yogurt and berries.
  • I like to make this recipe on a silicone baking mat. It helps keep the mess at a minimum. Do you have one yet?
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 16 SERVING SIZE: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359.4 Fat: 14.3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 149mg Carbohydrates: 50.2g Sugars: 22.2g Protein: 6.2g Vitamin A: 2µg Vitamin C: 4mg

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This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated in July 2019.

Make this Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola for a naturally sweetened and filling granola that can have whatever extra mix-ins you like!


Healthy homemade granola made with oats, honey, coconut oil and your choice of add-ins. You'll love this simple healthy breakfast recipe.
Healthy homemade granola made with oats, honey, coconut oil and your choice of add-ins. You'll love this simple healthy breakfast recipe.

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Our family Loves this recipe! I’ve lost track of how many times we have made it. I substituted almond flour today for the wheat. My 5 year old loves it mixed with vanilla yogurt and tons of fresh strawberries. Delicious!

I am allergic to coconut, do you have any suggestions for alternatives for this recipe?

Can I substitute the whole wheat flour for coconut flour or almond flour, would it still work?

I’m allergic to coconut…is there another type of oil that I can use?

If I want to add a gluten free flour instead of wheat what could I add

First of all, my kids and I love your recipe! It’s especially delicious with vanilla you hurt. But, I was wondering what the serving size is and how many calories per serving? I log everything on the MyFitnessPal app and I don’t know what to put.

*yogurt lol

I believe there’s a website called recipe calculator that you can get the calculations.

What are the calories per servin on this? Thanks

I live in PA and found that if I spread the granola over two cookie sheets and rotate them after the 20 minute stir, it is a bit crunchier and clumps better.
I love this recipe and have made it three time now! Thanks for sharing it!

I am sitting here eating this right now…and it is absolutely delicious!!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe 🙂

I have made this a couple times. I love the flavor! I can get it to clump just the way I like it. My only problem is I can’t get it to dry and be crunchy like granola is supposed to be.

I absolutely LOVE your granola! I’ve made it 3 times now and have gotten rave reviews from everyone who’s tried it! It’s delicious in yogurt and as cereal! Do you have the nutritional info for it?

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.