The Ultimate Healthy Granola Recipe

healthy granola recipe

Ahhhhh, remember the good old days when you thought granola was healthy? Oh man, we used to smash BOWLS of that sweet crunchy goodness. I mean, could you blame us? At this time, we also thought bagels were a good choice too so… Let’s just chalk that one up to the blissful ignorance of our youth. And denial.

And then… We learned to read labels. And pay attention to nutrition facts.

healthy granola recipe ingredients

DREAMS SHATTERED PEOPLE. That delicious, ‘healthy’ cereal that we’d been shoveling in had 30+ grams of sugar per serving. Not to mention, a serving was 1/4-1/2 of a cup. Ummmm have you EVER only eaten a 1/4 of a cup of cereal? Because if you say you do… you’re lying. And we know you are.

So, for years and years we went granola free because we couldn’t find a decent healthy granola recipe. Our bowls sat empty and neglected (okay, maybe not totally empty..). Our yogurt parfaits were a thing of the past.

Then one day we thought, what if we just MADE our own granola? Without a recipe or anyone telling us what to do. That way, we could control how much sugar (and other ingredients) went into it. And the result? It was magic. We’d created a crunchy, not too sweet, healthy granola recipe that tasted almost exactly like name brands (if not better!).

What was even better, this delicious concoction only had 7 ingredients, and could easily be tweaked to add new flavors.

healthy granola recipe

This healthy granola recipe is essentially a base. You can easily add a variety of nuts and seeds to up the healthy fats, or take away the raisins to make it even lower in sugar.

It’s a great pre-workout meal, or a delicious add in with high protein greek yogurt. It’s also absolutely delightful sprinkled over fresh fruit.

healthy granola recipe

However you enjoy it, now you can do so even more knowing it’s low in sugar and ingredients. So yes, we’d like to have our granola, and eat it too.


3 cups rolled oats

1 cup coconut shreds

1 cup almond slivers

3 tbsp. coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup raisins


1. In a large bowl, mix oats, coconut shreds, and almond slivers. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, bring coconut oil and honey to a boil. As soon as the mixture starts boiling, remove from heat, and add vanilla.

3. Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture, and combine thoroughly.

4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spread mixture evenly.

5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture every 5 minutes.

**It’s extremely important to check the granola consistently while it’s in the oven! It can quickly become too brown if left unattended.

6. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

7. Once granola is cooled, stir in raisins.



  • Beatrice

    September 7, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Ah, the blissful ignorance of youth is so true! Especially since school gives you so much misinformation about what is healthy >_< (Like remember the food pyramid where the bottom was grains?!) I love making my own versions of things, and for me, the simpler the better! Definitely pinning this to try ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Wednesday!!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 8, 2017 at 1:00 am

      Ahhhh isn’t that the truth! This was also the time that we thought a BAGEL for breakfast was healthy. Yikes! We’ve fallen in love with making homemade healthier versions of our favorites. It’s so comforting to know what’s actually in our food! Thanks Beatrice!

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    September 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    it always blows my mind how easy (and healthy!) it is to make granola, so it’s even more mind-blowing that the grocery-store kind can be so terrible for you. this recipe sounds absolutely delicious – love that you added raisins! i think they add so much texture alongside the crunchiness of the nuts ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 8, 2017 at 1:01 am

      Isn’t it crazy?! We felt a tiny bit silly when we realized how ridiculously easy it is. And it tastes JUST as good (if not better!). The raisins are the best part!

  • Katya

    September 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    It looks so delicious! I like that it’s easy and healthy.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 9, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Thanks Katya! It’s so yummy, and crazy easy! Such a better alternative than store bought!

  • Tales of Two

    September 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Amazing!! I’m obsessed with granola at the moment and love mine with chia seeds, fresh berries, peanut butter and goji berries! x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      YUM! Chia seeds and PB are always a good idea haha, and we’ll have to try putting goji berries in ours next time!

  • Cรฉline

    September 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Oh my god this looks soooo good! I absolutely love granola ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cรฉline blogging on

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      It’s honestly the best! And this one is beyond delicious. Just the right amount of sweet and crunchy!

  • Nancy

    September 10, 2017 at 4:59 am

    All of the ingredients used in the granola looks super healthy! I prefer to make things at home because you know what you’re putting into the mix and have total control over it. I know my boyfriend loves granola so this recipe would totally be helpful for him. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks Nancy! We feel the same way. Honestly, when you look at food labels and the ingredients lists, it’s CRAZY how many things make you wonder… We hope you guys love it!

  • Emily

    September 11, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Yum! This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I am a huge fan of granola because it gives you so much energy. Especially before a long hike. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      It is SO yummy! And it definitely does! The carbs give just the energy spike you need! It’s great before long runs too ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  • Violette

    September 11, 2017 at 6:38 am

    It looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks Violette! We hope you enjoy it!

  • Kris

    September 11, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I can relate to the intro so so much, haha! I used to think granola was so healthy! Now, I make my own the way you make yours – healthy and with a lovely crunch to it! I’m about to make some granola right now!!

    Have an amazing day!

    xx Kris |

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      Haha RIGHT?! And really, who was only eating 1/2 a cup?! More like three full bowls… Whoops! And the crazy thing is, the home made stuff is SO MUCH BETTER! We hope your batch turned out delicious!

  • Amy

    September 11, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    This looks amazing. I’m still one of those people who pretends shop bought granola is healthy… oops! I’ll definitely have to try this at some point.

    Love how you started this post btw. Found it really creative. And yes, anyone who has the recommended cereal amount is lying!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 11, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Haha thanks Amy! It’s one of those laughable truths! And we won’t tell ;). But we think when you try this, you’ll be a believer!

  • Nevena Krstic

    September 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    This looks so yummy! I need to give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      It’s delicious! And crazy easy. We hope you enjoy it!

  • Alexandra

    September 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      And so much YUM!

  • Christy

    September 11, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    You make it sound easy and I love the health benefits ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      It is CRAZY easy Christy! Honestly, try it once, and you’ll be a believer! We couldn’t get over how easy AND delicious it is to do it like this!

  • the adventurer

    September 12, 2017 at 2:30 am

    This recipe sounds amazing! My boyfriend recently started to make granola bars for us and they have been so much healthier to eat than store bought ones. We made a huge batch when we went to Breckenridge for a ski trip earlier this year and our friends were jealous of the granola bars we made =o)

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 12, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Ahhhh we literally JUST talked about making granola bars last night!! If you guys have a recipe, send it our way! We love that it’s SO much better for you than the sketchy store bought stuff. Like, who needs 27 ingredients in their granola bars?! And that’s the perfect snack for a cabin trip :). Yay Breck!

  • Isabelle

    September 13, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I love granola and this sounds absolutely amazing, all my fav things,
    Isabelle x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 13, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks Isabelle! It’s so delicious!

  • Hiro

    September 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Mmnn. Looks delicious… When I have oatmeal at work, I put on some granola to add that bit of crunch on the top. Maybe one of these days I’ll make some of this and bring in my own granola, instead of using the ones in the tub at work ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 16, 2017 at 2:17 am

      It’s so yummy! And you’ll be blown away by how easy it is to make. You should definitely do it!

  • Orsi

    September 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    haha, the intro! So true, I started reading labels and it is the most depressing/greatest thing I have ever started doing. I had to leave so many delicious food behind that I used to love and thought were healthy. This granola looks fantastic! Will give it a try!!!!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 18, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Ah haha isn’t it though?? So many things from our youth are not even an option now! But… I suppose we’ll take the tradeoff of being healthier (maybe not always happily haha). We hope you love it though! It’s SUCH a great substitute for the store bought stuff!

      1. Orsi

        September 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm

        we will be grumpy healthy people crying for Nutella … I always cry for Nutella haha

        1. Mile High Dreamers

          September 22, 2017 at 12:11 am

          Hahaha this made us laugh because it’s so true. Ben is always a happy healthy and I have to be dragged there kicking and screaming. Nutella is LIFE!

  • Shannon Griffin

    November 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I have a coconut allergy can regular oil work or is there something in the coconut oil that makes it a better pick?

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Shannon! We would just suggest using an oil that provides good fats since that’s the main motivation behind the coconut oil in this recipe. Olive, grape seed, and avocado oils are all great substitutes!

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