Cranberry Almond Granola Cereal

5 from 17 votes

So easy to make, this homemade and healthy cranberry almond granola cereal is so delicious! Easy to make vegan and just 5 minutes of prep time

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This delicious homemade granola cereal is so easy to make and perfect for make ahead breakfasts and snacks. Packed with healthy ingredients, this cranberry almond granola takes minutes to prep and is a great way to start the day!

Homemade almond cranberry granola in a large glass jar
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How to make homemade granola cereal

  • Add the oats, almonds and sunflower seeds to a bowl.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Pour the oil mixture over and combine and then stir in the honey.
3 photo collage of bowl with ingredients, then getting mixed, then the coated in the honey mixture
  • Place the granola on to a baking tray in an even layer and bake.
  • When it comes out of the oven, immediately fold in the cranberries and then allow to cool.
Ingredients before baking and after baking in a tray with cranberries added

Alternate granola flavor combinations

Any kinds of nuts, seeds, or coconut flakes can be substituted for the slivered almonds and sunflower seeds in this granola cereal recipe. Here are some of my favorite combinations:

  • Pumpkin seeds/pepitas + walnuts + golden raisins
  • Pecans + blueberries + maple syrup
  • Coconut flakes + almonds + cherries
  • Cashews + flax seeds + crystalized ginger + pear

Tips for making homemade granola

  1. Make sure to use raw almonds and raw sunflower seeds. If you used roasted almonds and roasted sunflower seeds, they may end up burning while the granola toasts.
  2. Change the sweetener to make it vegan. Honey will provide the most clusters for the granola recipe. But you can use agave syrup or maple syrup as well. Just use an extra tablespoon of sweetener if using either of those.
  3. Swap the cranberries with equivalent volume of any type of dried fruit. If you have larger fruits like apricots or pears, you can chop them up to ¼” – ½” pieces.
  4. Re-crisp the granola. If granola does not seem crisp at any point, you can refresh it by baking in a low temperature (about 200° F) oven for 10-15 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it last?

Once the granola has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep well for up to a month at room temperature and is ready to use.

How do you serve it?

You can eat the granola as a snack straight out of the jar; it’s so delicious! For a healthy breakfast, serve it on top of some Greek yogurt or pour over some milk. It’s also great to top baked goods, like my sweet potato muffins, for an easy way to add some texture.

Why make your own granola?

Making your own homemade granola is super easy and you have full control of what goes in to it. Store bought varieties are often loaded with sugar, so it’s a much healthier alternative. It’s super quick to make a huge batch and it’s also much more cost effective.

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Cranberry Almond Granola

So easy to make, this homemade and healthy cranberry almond granola cereal is so delicious! Easy to make vegan and just 5 minutes of prep time
5 from 17 votes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 450
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 275°F. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Combine oats, almonds, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Toss to distribute.
  • In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Pour oil mixture over oats and toss until all of oats/nuts are lightly covered.
  • Add honey and stir until small lumps form and no large spots of honey are left.
  • Dump granola onto prepared baking tray and flatten into an even layer. Do not press down firmly, leave air space as much as possible.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, then stir to redistribute. Bake for a further 25-35 minutes, stirring 2-3 times until granola is a dark golden brown.
  • Remove from oven. While still warm, add cranberries and toss to distribute.
  • Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Notes

Storage: Store the cut granola in an airtight container at room temperature. It will keep well for up to a month.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Sodium: 77mg, Potassium: 309mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Breakfast, Snack

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  1. Heather says:

    QUESTION: why could you not add the honey to the oil mixture? Seems like it would distribute easier if it was mixed with the other “wet” ingredients.

    1. Yumna says:

      Adding the honey at the end helps to form the clusters, but if that isn’t important to you, feel free to combine the honey with the oil mixture.

      1. Heather says:

        Unfortunately, I read your comment AFTER making the granola. (I should have followed the directions. 😬) You’re correct…I had no clumps. However, it was still delicious!

  2. Joe says:

    So good! I’ve made this twice now – a new go to:)

    1. Yumna says:

      Yay, so happy to hear this!

  3. Melissa Little says:

    Can you substitute veg oil for coconut oil

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Yes, it should still work with vegetable oil!

      1. Melissa Little says:

        Oh my goodness just made it so good. Its a keeper and yes it worked fine with veg oil.

        1. Yumna Jawad says:

          I love that! Yay!!

  4. Maryam Nejabat says:

    Hi
    I’m allergic to nuts and coconut, how do I replace them?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Any kinds of nuts, seeds, or coconut flakes can be substituted for the slivered almonds and sunflower seeds in this granola cereal recipe. You can use whatever you’d like really – maybe you can try pumpkin seeds and another oil or butter.

  5. Linda Arleen Zanyk says:

    Is there any way to use fresh cranberries?
    I notice most all recipes I find use dried. Could you advise me on how to use fresh?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      I would recommend sticking with dried fruit in this recipe because the fresh fruit will release a lot of liquid.

  6. Gail s says:

    Keep coming back to make this recipe. 🙂

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I’m so glad to hear that!

  7. Lisa Dodig says:

    I have made this a few times and it is so good. The recipe makes enough that I am able to share a container of it with my sister, she loves it. I have enjoyed many of your recipes these past months. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I’m glad you both enjoyed it! Thank you!!

  8. Ayat says:

    I love this recipe, I have made it for the second time today and replaced some of the seeds and also the honey for maple syrup and it still turned out delicious. I love that it is very versatile and you can add whatever you have. Thank you for the recipe 😋

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Love that you’re already tweaking it and making it with your own customizations! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Abiola says:

    I halved this recipe today for a remake and now I wish I made the full recipe😋👌🙌. Delicious, not overly sweet and I love the complementing tartness from the cranberries. I didn’t have sunflower seeds so I replaced with sesame seeds. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing.