31 Day Simplify Series :: simple granola {day 15}

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Yesterday I mentioned that we keep our breakfast options limited to 2 things: oatmeal & granola.

Today, as promised, I’m going to share the granola recipe I use. A couple years ago, I shared this recipe with you for Chewy Granola. But then one day my husband broke the news to me:

“I like crunchy granola.”

Thankfully, we were able to keep our marriage together despite the shock of his confession. I did, however, begin to look for a different granola recipe. When I tried this one from Amy’s Finer Things, I knew we were on to something. I decided to change it up just slightly and leave out the brown sugar. Bingo. We love it. It’s still sweet because of the honey. But it’s not overly sweet. Below is the recipe for simple granola without any mix-ins. I always make ours with almonds – either sliced or whole, whatever we happen to have on hand. In the past, I’ve added coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and dates. But our favorite is just the simple granola with almonds.

simple granola // just 5 ingredients

If you choose to add a mix-in like nuts, add it before baking.
If you add dried fruit, mix it in after baking.

Check out some other ideas of mix-ins here!

simple granola

Rating: 51


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 15 cups (42 oz) old fashioned oats


  1. Mix oil & honey in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Pour over oats in a large bowl & thoroughly mix.
  4. Spread oats in two greased 9×13 pans.
  5. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
  6. Turn oven off & stir granola.
  7. Return pans to oven.
  8. Remove pans when oven has cooled.
  9. Store granola in an airtight container.

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