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6 Homemade Granola Recipes For A Nutritious Breakfast

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bowl of healthy granola with blueberries

Healthy granola is perfect for a nutritious breakfast, but you can also eat it for lunch, dinner, or anytime. Mix in different flavors and ingredients — from sweet to savory — and discover just how versatile and delicious granola can be.

In this article, we discuss some of our favorite homemade healthy granola recipes that make breakfast not just a thing to get through, but an event to look forward to.

We’ll also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area. 

Healthy Granola Recipes

A bowl of healthy granola

1) Peanut Butter Granola


  • 2 cups of steel-cut or rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of honey or maple syrup for vegan granola
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix oats, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a microwave-safe dish or on the stovetop, melt the peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup) together until smooth.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  7. Spread mixture on prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Pop in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until granola is lightly browned, gently stirring the granola once halfway through.
  9. Test your granola by removing a small chunk from the pan and setting it on the counter. If it hardens as it cools instead of staying soft, the granola is finished baking.
  10. Remove from oven and let sit until cooled.
  11. When completely cool, break apart and enjoy!

Top with your favorite jam or jelly and you’ve got a treat even the pickiest eaters will be waiting to devour.

2) Sugar-Free Granola

healthy granola with fruit toppings


  • 2 cups of dry oats
  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 large egg white


  1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  4. Fold egg whites into dry oat mixture.
  5. Stir gently until the dry mixture is coated.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Spread mixture onto a cookie sheet.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 60 minutes, stirring every twenty minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.

Add your favorite toppings for a low-fat, healthy granola treat anytime. 

You can also try our Hearty Grains & Seeds hot cereal in this recipe instead of plain oats. This gluten-free blend of whole grain oats, oat bran, red quinoa, and flax and chia seeds delivers powerful, hearty nutrition.

3) Chocolate Healthy Granola Recipe


  • 3 cups of gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts (we love almonds or pecans)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar, organic cane sugar, or other dry sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup of vegan dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the oats, nuts, coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. For less chunky granola, chop ingredients from step two in a food processor.
  5. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil and maple syrup (or honey) until melted and combined.
  6. Pour melted mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well.
  7. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 17-24 minutes (or until fragrant and deep golden brown), stirring a bit near the halfway point to ensure even baking.
  9. Let cool completely.
  10. Place in an airtight container and store for one to two weeks.
  11. Or store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?

4) Blueberry Jam Granola


  • 10 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 1 jar blueberry jam


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Spread on large cookie sheet.
  4. Place cookie sheet in oven.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until light brown).
  6. Stir every 5-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  8. Makes 10 cups.

Add this fruity and healthy granola to vanilla yogurt for an easy breakfast before heading off to school or the home office.

5) Raspberry Granola Bars

bowl of granola with berry toppings


  • 1 cup of coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup of granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup of packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¾ cup of maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Spread the chopped pecans on a pie plate and toast for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant.
  4. Let cool.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the rolled oats, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and pecans.
  6. Stir in the maple syrup or honey until the oat mixture is thoroughly covered.
  7. Spread two-thirds of the oat mixture in an even layer on the bottom of the baking pan.
  8. Top with raspberry preserves.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top.
  10. Bake for about 45 minutes (or until the top is golden brown), rotating the pan halfway through.
  11. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the granola bars cool completely (at least 3 hours).
  12. Cut into squares and serve.

These healthy granola bars make breakfast quick and easy so you can start your day off right.

6) No-Bake Minimalist Granola Bars


  • 1 cup of packed pitted dates
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup of creamy salted peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup of roasted unsalted almonds (loosely chopped)
  • 1 ½ cups of rolled oats
  • Any additional options you’d like (e.g., dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, etc.)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop dates into small bits in a food processor.
  3. Spread oats and almonds on baking sheet.
  4. Toast in oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  5. Mix oats, almonds, and dates in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Warm maple syrup (or agave or honey) and nut butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  8. Stir and pour over oat mixture.
  9. Mix thoroughly until dates are dispersed throughout.
  10. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
  11. Transfer mix to a baking pan.
  12. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap.
  13. Place in refrigerator or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  14. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars.
  15. Store in an airtight container.

This healthy granola recipe also makes for an easy snack to help you stay productive throughout the day.

Healthy Granola Recipes With Hot Cereal

containers of The Soulfull Project oatmeal

Making healthy granola with oatmeal is a perfect way to start your day. But for even more nutrition in every bite, add hot cereal to the mix.

Hot cereal is packed full of vitamins and minerals along with hearty and heart-healthy grains, including:

  • Rye
  • Quinoa
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Oats
  • Barley

And, at The Soulfull Project, we add even more delicious and nutritious ingredients to create flavors such as:

Any one of these varieties will transform your healthy granola into a treat the whole family will love.

Plus, remember that for every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.  

With your help, The Soulfull Project makes it easy for all of us to have an impact on the health and happiness of our neighbors. That’s peace of mind and body you can’t find anywhere else.

For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors, visit today.

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