Breakfast

August 20, 2020

Vanilla Almond Granola

Vanilla Almond Granola is a sweet, crunchy treat. Simple spices like vanilla, almond, and cinnamon combine for a delightfully crunchy snack.

Vanilla Almond Granola

A few weeks ago I was going through all of my belongings in preparation for starting my new job and moving across the country.

In a random drawer, I came across a small index card with a recipe on it. As soon as I saw the card I knew exactly what the recipe was.

I looked at this little piece of paper and reminisced over the very first recipe I had ever created and written down: granola.

If you've been following me for a while, you know I have a special love for granola. It's so fun to dream up flavors and create new and different recipes. I have sweet, spicy, cheesy -- you name it!

I remember spending weeks experimenting with this recipe.

I wanted the perfect crunch. It was so difficult to get the granola to not come out soggy.

After crunch, I wanted clusters. Part of the wonder of granola is finding a massive cluster in your bowl and enjoying the giant bite of goodness.

I also wanted flavor. Store-bought granola is addictive. I wanted a way to create the delicious flavors of pre-packaged granola in my own kitchen.

Years later, after making (and also failing at making) dozens of granola recipes, I'm happy to announce that my original granola recipe has made its way to my blog.

It's so beautiful to see what my crazy love of cooking, experimenting, and perfectionism has come to. And it's come in the form of something that is incredibly crunchy, cluster-filled, and sweet!

Vanilla Almond Granola

Vanilla Almond Granola

Honestly, Vanilla Almond Granola is everything I want in a granola recipe. The crunch, the clusters, the sweet flavor. It's all there!

Vanilla and almond pair perfectly together. We'll use both vanilla extract and almond extract for two giant bursts of rich flavor.

We'll also add some almonds for extra crunch. And almond flavor of course!

This granola is so good you'll scarf it down just like you would a bag of store-bought granola. But you can enjoy that it's made with real ingredients consisting of whole, plant-based foods.

Ingredients

  • Rolled Oats: The base of every granola recipe. Buy gluten-free oats if you need certified GF.
  • Slivered Almonds: These are the super skinny almonds. Slivered almonds provide a nice crunch without interfering with the texture.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds a layer of flavor to complement the sweetness of the vanilla and almonds.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the sweetness of the granola.
  • Maple / Date Syrup: I used half maple and half date syrup, but you can use whatever combination of sweetener you would like. It will turn out delicious any way you do it!
  • Vanilla Extract and Almond Extract: These extracts add amazing flavor to the granola. AND they make your house smell amazing when you bake.

Vanilla Almond Granola

How to make Vanilla Almond Granola

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This will prevent the granola from sticking to the pan and its only option will be to stick to itself! Helloooo clusters!!

Step 2. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the maple and/or date syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Make sure all the oats are thoroughly coated.

Step 3. Spread on the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir. This will break up the granola slightly and allow any parts that still aren't crunchy to get crunchy. Return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes, until the granola is golden brown.

Step 4. Let the granola cool completely on the pan to create clusters. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. It is seriously the best way to ensure your granola is crunchy and full of clusters.

Step 5. When it's cool break the granola into chunks and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for giving us the ability to cook and create. Amen.

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Vanilla Almond Granola

Vanilla Almond Granola is a sweet, crunchy treat. Simple spices like vanilla, almond, and cinnamon combine for a delightfully crunchy snack.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

5

Prep:

5

min

cook:

25

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Maple / Date Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the maple or date syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Make sure all the oats are thoroughly coated.
  3. Spread on the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir. Return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes, until the granola is golden brown.
  4. Let the granola cool completely on the pan to create clusters. Then break into chunks and enjoy!

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography