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Vanilla Nut Granola Recipe

Vanilla Nut Granola makes a convenient healthy snack when you’re on the go, or a great way to add fiber to your yogurt. 

A metal tin filled with Vanilla Nut Granola sitting on a blue striped towel. Jars filled with the granola sit in front of the tin with one of the jars tipped on its side with granola spilling out.

Homemade Granola can be anything you want it to be. Vanilla Nut Granola is nutty and sweet with a tantalizing aroma of vanilla. This baked snack can be munched on any time of day.

When granola first came onto the market, right after they invented fire, most of it tasted like cardboard.

A lot of it still does in my book. I think this Vanilla Nut Granola is delicious, and while not sugar-free, it is full of good for you ingredients.

Two serving jars sitting in the front of a large tin of granola with. One jar tipped over and spilling out.

Granola is touted as a healthy food, and unfortunately, commercial granola makers rely on folks that don’t read labels, to buy their products.

If you are an ingredient reader, you know better. In some cases, you would be better off grabbing a candy.

Granola can be full of sugar and preservatives, or the servings are so small that you’re eating way too much.

Top-down view of a tin of vanilla granola.

I’ve been making and tweaking this Vanilla Nut Granola for several years now.

This recipe is one of the snacks I keep in my arsenal.

John and I like to ride bikes. Twice I’ve run out of energy on the way back. It is the worst feeling. They call it bonking. You need to fuel your body so that this doesn’t happen, and fruit or granola is a great way to do it.

I also like to keep granola handy when we are traveling or adding it to my morning yogurt for some added fiber.

A large tin of granola with a small jar filled in the front and a jar sitting on its side with granola spilling from it.

One of the reasons that I love this recipe, is because I can change it up so easily.

I love raisins and dried cranberries, but John doesn’t so I will make his with dried tart cherries. Also, he doesn’t think he likes coconut oil, but what he doesn’t know….. don’t tell him because he will second guess every batch that I make from now on.

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One thing that I never change is the vanilla. It adds so much flavor, and makes my kitchen smell so good!

I put 2 oz servings into snack size bags. Make sure you have your containers ready to fill otherwise a couple servings may go missing!

You can store them in an air-tight container or you can throw them in the freezer if you will not be eating them soon.

Vanilla Nut Granola

Vanilla Nut Granola makes a convenient healthy snack when you’re on the go, or a great way to add fiber to your yogurt.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 12 people
Author Julie Menghini


  • 2-1/2 old-fashioned rolled oats not quick cook
  • 1/2 cup raisins not packed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbl ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil unrefined
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray or line it with parchment paper.
  • in a large bowl, mix oats, pecans, walnuts, raisins, cranberries, brown sugar, flaxseed and cinnamon.
  • Combine coconut oil and honey in small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  • Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well.
  • Spread granola on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring half way through cooking.
  • Transfer sheet to a rack and let granola cool completely. (If it is not cooled completely it will not clump – DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!)
  • Store in airtight container. Can be frozen.


Sodium: 4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Sugar: 14g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 119mg | Calories: 192kcal | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 21g | Iron: 0.7mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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If you need a couple more great snacks here are some of my favorites!

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Thursday 17th of March 2016

"Also, he doesn’t think he likes coconut oil, but what he doesn’t know" LOL! Story of my life. My husband recently did a load of laundry and when he asked where the fabric softener was I told him I'd been using vinegar in its place for months now. He tried to tell me he could tell the difference, but he failed miserably because by months I meant its nearly been a year!

The granola looks great! I have several granola recipes and never stopped to consider how wonderful it would be with more than 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. I'm definitely going to try this one out. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Ha! Angie my husband says he can't stand vinegar and can pick it out from a mile away. What does he think is in his vinaigrette! Thank you so much for stopping and making me laugh!

Saturday 12th of March 2016

I need to make my own granola and your recipe sounds perfect. Whole Foods sells parfaits with yogurt, fruit and granola that I sometimes indulge in :) Heck I should make my own!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 12th of March 2016

I love Whole Foods, but it's one of those stores where my eyes are bigger than my stomach so I end up bringing home more than we can eat.


Saturday 12th of March 2016

I scratched my head on the invention of fire. :D This looks absolutely beautiful, Julie. A great on-the-go snack, whether at home or travelling. Thanks for sharing. :)

Julie Menghini

Saturday 12th of March 2016

Good morning Jhuls! I know some times I'm just a smarty pants.