Making granola at home is one way to make it ten times healthier than buying it in the store. Store-bought granola, while convenient, is often loaded with refined sugar and oil to make it taste good and preserve its shelf life. 

While there are some healthy store bought granola options, not all of them make the cut. Plus store bought is costly compared to making it at home.

This recipe is a healthier and cost saving way to enjoy granola.

Is Granola Vegan?

Granola is usually vegan, but it depends on the ingredients used. If you’re choosing a store-bought option, it’s best to check the nutrition label to ensure no animal-based ingredients like honey or milk proteins (whey, casein).

Traditional granola consists of oats, nuts, seeds, and sweeteners like maple syrup or agave, all of which are vegan. The most common non-vegan ingredient in granola is honey, which comes from bees.  If a granola says “high protein,” it may contain whey protein powder or milk powder which is a milk product. 

This recipe is 100% vegan ingredients and can be the base of any other homemade granola. However, you can always add additional ingredients to make it your own. 

What you’ll need 

This vanilla almond granola recipe is wonderfully simple, requiring just a handful of ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need;

  • Rolled Oats: A whole grain loaded with fiber and beta-glucan to help improve LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. 
  • Chia Seeds: A plant-based source of omega-3s to keep our brain sharp and our hearts healthy. 
  • Maple Syrup: Makes it slightly sweet!
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a vanilla flavor. You can’t go wrong with adding vanilla, especially in a vanilla almond granola recipe.

What To Serve it With

Granola by itself can be a great snack but sometimes it needs to be a bit more well rounded. Use this granola as a topping for vegan Greek style yogurt, smoothie bowls, or even on top of overnight oats. 

Vanilla Almond Granola Variations

No Almond Butter? – Although this is an almond granola, you can use any type of nut or seed butter instead. You could even use my pistachio butter recipe if you had any leftovers! 

No Maple Syrup? – add another sweetener like vegan honey or agave instead to sweeten it up a little bit. Omitting this completely will change the texture and it likely won’t cluster instead it will be a loose granola. To reduce the sugar the amount can be slightly reduced and you can instead sweeten or add flavor with cinnamon or dried fruit. 

No Chia Seeds? – While chia seeds are my favorite in this recipe you could swap in flax or hemp seeds for a similar omega-3 benefit. 

Granola can be a healthy snack and is quite easy to make at home. The best part is the smell while it’s cooking! I’m curious what do you think of the smell while cooking? Describe the smell of granola when it’s cooking in the oven in the comments below. 

Almond Butter Clusters

Many store bought granolas are full of added sugars and saturated fat. So why not try making your own with this super easy, 4-ingredient recipe that will serve as a healthy snack, breakfast, or vegan ice cream topping! Making your own granola has never been easier!
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. While the oven is preheating mix the oats, maple syrup, vanilla, chia sees, and almond butter in a bowl until well combined.
  • Spread the oat mixture into a thin layer on a lined or lightly sprayed 9×13 cookie sheet with edges and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let the oat bars cool and once cool enough to touch break apart into clusters at whichever size you prefer.

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