Almond Butter Granola

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This is a variation of our granola base recipe. Homemade granola is not only easy to make, but it’s delicious too! When you make your own, you get to control the ingredients, including the amount of sugar added (store bought granola usually has way too much!). Make this almond butter granola recipe for a tasty breakfast, snack, or even dessert!

Is this a healthy almond butter granola recipe?

Granola can definitely be part of a healthy diet. Oats, almonds, and raisins are the star ingredients in this crunchy granola recipe. 

Oats

Whole grains such as oats are rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. 

Almonds & Almond Butter

Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Almonds in particular are high in monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health.

Raisins

While this recipe does call for natural sweeteners, the amount used only adds up to 1 teaspoon (4 grams) per ¼ cup serving of granola. The raisins in this recipe add natural sweetness along with other nutrients such as fiber and iron. 

Equipment Recommendations

A 13 x 18 baking sheet will hold a full batch of granola. Any smaller, and you will need two separate pans. Spreading the granola out thinly allows it to cook evenly and get nice and crunchy!

Culinary Tips

Cook the granola until golden, but don’t expect it to be hard when you remove it from the oven. It will harden as it cools. The almond butter in this recipe will turn the granola golden more quickly, so be sure to check it after 45 minutes of baking.

Be sure to stir and re-spread the granola immediately after you remove it from the oven, otherwise it will stick to the pan. If you prefer chunkier granola, cook the mixture on parchment paper, don’t stir it while it cooks, and allow it to cool slightly before stirring once removed from the oven.

Add the dried fruit once the granola cools to prevent it from hardening.

You don’t have to stir the granola every 15 minutes. If you’re like us, you have crazy toddlers running around, and you don’t want to be stuck near your oven, so just let it cook! It will still brown nicely and taste delicious.

If you have kids, let them help you with this recipe! It’s very kid-friendly. 

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Almond Butter: any nut butter will work in this recipe, but it just won’t be almond butter granola anymore if you change it!
  • Honey: substitute any liquid sweetener. Want your granola vegan? Use maple syrup or agave nectar. 
  • Oats: while we prefer rolled or old-fashioned oats, quick oats work too! We don’t recommend using steel cut oats.
  • Raisins: substitute your favorite dried fruit. If using larger fruits such as dried apricots, figs, or prunes, chop into smaller pieces before adding.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is very forgiving; think outside the (granola) box!

Want to make almond joy granola? Add unsweetened coconut flakes to the mixture.

Want to enhance the almond flavor? Replace half of the vanilla with almond extract.

Prefer a higher protein granola? Add more nuts and/or seeds in place of oats.

Love spices? Feel free to add other sweet spices such as ground nutmeg, cloves, or ginger. 

Need some culinary inspiration? Check out our other healthy granola recipe variations!

Homemade Granola Base Recipe

Maple Pecan Granola

Blueberry Granola

Almond Butter Granola Serving Suggestions

This recipe is great for an easy breakfast, a satisfying snack, or even a healthy dessert!

  • Use it to make a yogurt parfait – layer plain yogurt, fresh fruit, and ¼ cup of granola. 
  • Use it to garnish a smoothie bowl
  • Sprinkle it on peanut butter-coated apples or bananas

How to Store Homemade Almond Butter Granola

This granola will keep for at least a month in an airtight container in your cupboard or pantry.

Want more healthy recipes?

Do you love oats as much as we do? Check out our other favorite recipes made with oats:

Energy Bites Base Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Granola Clusters

Overnight Oats Base Recipe

Almond Butter Granola
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This is a variation of our granola base recipe. The almond butter replaces the oil in our original base recipe. Packed with healthy fats and lots of flavor, you're sure to love this almond butter granola recipe as a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 2 cups raw, slivered almonds
  • 1 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.

  2. Soften almond butter by microwaving in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Add the oats and almonds. Using a spatula, stir until well-combined.

  4. Spread granola in an even layer on one or two baking sheets (depending on the size). Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.*

  5. Remove from the oven and stir one more time. Add raisins. Once cool, store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The granola will still turn out delicious if you don’t stir it every 15 minutes. It just won’t brown as evenly. 

 

Cook the granola until golden, but don’t expect it to be hard when you remove it from the oven. It will harden as it cools. The almond butter in this recipe will turn the granola golden more quickly, so be sure to check it after 45 minutes of baking.

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