Make our Go To, Quick and Easy Honey Nut Granola!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy granola recipe you’re in the right place! This one’s been our simple go to granola for years and it’s delicious with milk, yogurt or for a snack. And it’s easy to make. You can adjust it for the ingredients you have in the house, to keep it on budget, or for what you love.

This simple honey nut granola is crunchy, sweet, and nutty and gives you a mix of oats and small clusters. It’s is a staple for us for the busy mornings when we want an easy breakfast in a rush. We can make it pretty waste free buying ingredients in bulk with no packaging which I love.

How to make the granola your own with substitutions:

OATS: You can use quick oats, porridge oats or large rolled oats. You can also adjust the texture of the granola with more or less oats. More oats will give this a less chunky texture with fewer clusters, and it will obviously be less sweet. Fewer oats will create more crunchy chunks, but less granola. Oats are usually the cheapest ingredient so more oats make it a more budget friendly granola.

NUTS: These can be nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, or you can leave them out and replace them with more oats. It can be a nut free granola by switching the nuts for seeds or oats.

NUT BUTTER: This can be any nut or seed butter than you enjoy! It can be omitted and replaced with an extra tablespoon of coconut oil. It will give a less chunky granola and more like an oat cereal, with single oats rather than granola clusters.

COCONUT OIL: This can be replaced for dairy butter or coconut butter. I’m sure it could be replaced with a vegan butter too but I haven’t tried that.

VANILLA + CINNAMON: These can both be omitted if you don’t have them on hand. They can also be replaced with ground ginger, pumpkin pie spice or anything you love.

Kitchen Essentials for Easy Granola

Vegan and Gluten Free Granola Options:

VEGAN OPTION: This can easily be made as a vegan granola using maple syrup in plae of the honey.

GLUTEN FREE OPTION: For a gluten free granola make sure you use gluten free oats. You could also make this quick granola oat free using another flaked grain like quinoa or buckwheat ( Note: I haven’t tried this but I think it would give the same result!).

Jump to Recipe

Honey Nut Granola

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins


  • 1 cup Chopped Almonds, or any chopped nuts and seeds I usually do 1/3 each cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds. You can also omit all the nuts and seeds and add extra oats.
  • cup Honey You can sub for maple syrup for a vegan version.
  • cup Coconut oil
  • cup Almond Butter, or any nut or seed butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1 cup Dried or freeze dried fruit Optional: Raisins, chopped dates, cranberries, blueberries.


  • On a low heat slowly melt together the honey, coconut oil and nut butter, then add the cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  • Take it off the heat then stir in the oats and nuts. You can add more or less oats and it will give you a more or less chunky granola. You want to mix in as many oats as the wet mixture will coat easily. For a less chunky granola add in more oats till some oats are not quite covered in the wet mixture and for more chunky granola with clusters add in only as many oats as can be fully coated with the wet mixture.
  • Spread the granola evenly and thinly on a tray and bake at 325°F/160°C for 20-25 mins turning every 5-10 mins.
  • Remove it from the oven when it’s starting to turn golden brown. It will crisp up as it cools so don't worry if it's not fully crisp yet. Let it cool and when it’s fully cool add in any dried fruit you want to add.  Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Fun fact: This simple granola recipe was one of the first recipes I posted on the internet a decade ago! This very edited, Valencia filtered photo taken in the dark in my kitchen was the photo that was on the first blog post!


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