Blueberry Granola

This is a variation of our homemade granola base recipe. Homemade granola is not only easy, 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!). This easy blueberry granola has great flavor and is a great addition to a balanced breakfast!

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 & Cashews

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.

Dried Blueberries

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 dried blueberries in this recipe add natural sweetness along with other nutrients such as fiber and antioxidants. Choose unsweetened blueberries if possible, or reduce added sugar to compensate for sweetened varieties.

Equipment Recommendations

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

This recipe calls for ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup oil, and ¼ cup honey. Measure the ingredients in that order to make clean-up easier! Technically, you should use a liquid measuring cup, but dry will work in this case. Measure the brown sugar first; it needs to be measured in a clean cup, otherwise it will stick to the bottom. Then, by measuring the oil before the honey, the honey will just slide right out!

While we prefer rolled or old fashioned oats, you can make this granola recipe with quick oats too!

Be sure to use real vanilla extract, not the imitation kind.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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

  • 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.
  • Nuts: use only almonds or only cashews, or substitute your favorite raw nuts! Don’t use toasted nuts, as they will burn in the oven!
  • Dried Blueberries: 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 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 cinnamon, cloves, or ginger. 

Need some culinary inspiration?

Check out our other healthy granola recipe variations!

Homemade Granola Base Recipe

Maple Pecan Granola

Almond Butter Granola

Blueberry Granola Serving Suggestions

Use this homemade blueberry granola to:

  • Top a yogurt parfait made with plain yogurt and fresh berries
  • Garnish a smoothie bowl
  • Sprinkle on top of almond butter-coated bananas
  • Eat by itself for a tasty, balanced snack!

Storage

This granola will keep for at least a month in an airtight container at room temperature.

Do you love oats as much as we do?

Check out these other recipes:

Energy Bites Base Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Granola Clusters

Overnight Oats Base Recipe

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blueberry granola with oats, almonds, and cashews
Blueberry Granola
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

This easy blueberry granola features oats, almonds, cashews, honey, vanilla, and dried blueberries. It's a great snack on its own or a delicious topping on a yogurt parfait!

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Yield: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raw chopped cashews
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250° F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, honey, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg.

  3. Add the oats and nuts to the bowl. Using a spatula, stir until well-combined.

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

  5. Remove from oven and stir one more time. Add dried blueberries. 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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  1. Maneck j Bharucha

    Love this granola recipe…. loved it so much that I put some in my pocket when I went for a walk….. bad decision ! Easy to make … added maple syrup and the taste was dynamite!

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