Make a healthy and inexpensive granola at home! This salted honey nut granola makes the perfect yogurt topper or crunchy sweet snack. If you like sweet breakfasts, you’ll also love my protein breakfast crumble, cheesecake chia pudding, and carrot cake baked oats.

Salted honey nut granola clusters on a sheet pan

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Skip the packaged stuff and try this homemade salted honey nut granola instead!

After all, too many store bought granolas are over-priced and flavorless. And it’s surprisingly easy to make your own granola at home.

This simple granola recipe has got it all. It’s made with honey and a generous serving of salt for the perfect sweet-and-salty flavor. It is loaded with nuts and seeds with the best chunky texture. And it’s prepared in one bowl and is super easy to make.

Bookmark this page and add this salted honey nut granola to your weekly rotation. You’ll never buy boxed granola again!

salted honey nut granola in a glass jar on a white kitchen counter

Why you’ll love my honey nut granola

Minimal ingredients: Making your own granola might seem high maintenance, but it’s surprisingly simple. You’ll only need 10 everyday ingredients to make this recipe.

Naturally sweetened: Listen, sugar is sugar! But as a dietitian, I also understand that some of us have a preference for more “natural” choices like honey or maple syrup. Luckily for you, this granola recipe is sweetened entirely with honey!

Healthy fats: I used olive oil instead of the usual melted butter or coconut oil for extra heart-healthy fats. It also adds amazing flavor!

One bowl: You can make this honey-sweetened granola in one bowl with minimal prep.

Crisp and chunky: I like a substantial, chunky granola… not a bowl of crumbs.

Ingredients and swaps

Here’s what you’ll need to make sweet-and-salty honey nut granola:

  • Olive oil — You can sub other fats or oils like melted butter, melted coconut oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, or avocado oil. I like olive oil for its slightly savory flavor and healthy fats.
  • Honey — Feel free to sub another liquid sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt and flakey salt — We’ll use both for the perfect sweet-and-salty balance.
  • Old fashioned oats and quick oats — I like the chunky texture of granola when you mix large flake oats with quick oats. If needed, you could use all old fashioned oats instead.
  • Raw whole nuts — I use a mix of almonds and pecans, but feel free to use whatever nuts you like. Cashews and peanuts work great too.
  • Raw seeds — I prefer pepitas (raw shelled pumpkin seeds), but you could also use hemp hearts, chia seeds, and/or sunflower seeds.
Ingredients for salted honey nut granola displayed in bowls on a white marble top

Dietary restrictions

Gluten-free: use certified gluten-free oats.

Vegan: substitute honey for maple syrup.

Lower sodium: skip the sprinkle of flakey sea salt before baking, or reduce the amount of salt added to the recipe base.

Dairy-free: this recipe for honey nut granola is naturally free from dairy and lactose.

How to make salted honey nut granola

Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat to 325 F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt until smooth and combined.

Add oats, nuts, and seeds. Stir until oats are evenly coated.

Wet ingredients for granola mixed in a silver bowl
dry ingredients for salted honey nut granola in a bowl

Transfer the mixture to the lined sheet pan. Using a spatula, gently press the oat mixture into a thin and even layer across the pan. Top with a generous sprinkle of flakey sea salt.

Honey nut granola spread over a pan, uncooked

Transfer to the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway. After you flip, use a spatula to press the granola back down into a thin and even layer. *Bake until the granola is a medium golden brown color, adding more time as needed. This is important for making it crispy!

Remove from oven and let your granola cool in the pan for at least an hour, undisturbed. Then, break it up with your hands until your granola has reached your desired consistency.

Granola baked in a pan before it's broken into chunks

Store in an airtight container or jar for up to one week. Enjoy!

How to serve salted honey nut granola

Topper: Crumble honey nut granola on top of yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal bowls.

Sweet snack: Pour in a bowl and snack on granola by itself.

Cereal: Add to a bowl with cow’s milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk. Eat with a spoon!

What’s a serving size?

This recipe makes about 6 cups of granola. One serving size is about 1/3 cup.

How to make chunky granola clusters

If you prefer a chunky and thick granola clusters (like me!), follow these important tips:

  1. After flipping your granola halfway through baking, make sure to press it back down into a thin, even layer across the sheet pan. It should look like one large chunk that’s baking together.
  2. Make sure you bake your granola until it’s a medium golden brown color.
  3. Allow your granola to completely cool in the pan before breaking it into chunks. If you break it up while it’s still warm, it will be much more crumbly.
chunky granola clusters on a sheet pan next to a glass jar

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Storage instructions

  • Allow granola to completely cool before storing.
  • Break it into chunks, and transfer it to a food container or jar with a fitted lid.
  • Store your granola in a cool and dry location.
  • Stored properly, your honey nut granola will stay good for up to one week.

More delicious oat recipes

High protein baked oats
Blender cottage cheese oatmeal pancakes
High protein overnight oats
Nutella overnight oats
Scrambled oats
Blender banana oatmeal muffins

Frequently asked questions

Overhead photo of honey nut granola in a glass jar
Can I use a full sheet pan instead?

Yes, feel free to use a full sheet pan if that’s what you have available. Just make sure you’re pressing the granola into one large clump before baking (rather than spreading it out on a large pan) to give it a chunky texture.

Do I have to use two types of oats?

Nope! I like combining old fashioned oats and quick oats for the texture, but you don’t have to. If you want to use just one type of oats, I’d recommend using a full 3 cups of old fashioned oats.

What other ingredients could I add to this granola?

You could add coconut, dried fruit, and/or chocolate to this granola. To add coconut, add 1/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut to the mixture before baking. To add dried fruit (raisins, craisins, chopped dates, chopped apricots) or chocolate, add 1/2 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips to the granola after it’s been baked and cooled.

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Salted honey nut granola clusters on a sheet pan
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Salted Honey Nut Granola

Yield: 18 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Make a healthy and inexpensive granola at home! This salted honey nut granola makes the perfect yogurt topper or crunchy sweet snack.

Ingredients
 

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat to 325 F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt until smooth and combined.
  • Add oats, nuts, and seeds. Stir until oats are evenly coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to the lined sheet pan. Using a spatula, gently press the oat mixture into a thin and even layer across the pan. Top with a generous sprinkle of flakey sea salt.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway. After you flip, use a spatula to press the granola back down into a thin and even layer. *Bake until the granola is a medium golden brown color, adding more time as needed. This is important for making it crispy!
  • Remove from oven and let your granola cool in the pan for at least an hour, undisturbed. Then, break it up with your hands until your granola has reached your desired consistency.

Notes

Serving size is about 1/3 cup.
Calories: 153kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Sodium: 66mg, Potassium: 103mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 0.4IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast, Snack