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!
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Culinary Tips for the Best Blueberry Granola
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.
- Honey: substitute any liquid sweetener. Want to make your granola vegan? Use maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Vanilla: substitute or add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. You could even substitute ½ teaspoon lemon extract for a lemon blueberry granola variation.
- 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.
This recipe is very forgiving; think outside the (granola) box!
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 granola inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide to make it your own, or check out our other healthy granola recipe variations!
Equipment Recommendations for Vanilla Blueberry Granola
You just need a few simple pieces of kitchen equipment for this recipe!
Is this a healthy blueberry granola recipe?
Granola can definitely be part of a healthy diet. The star ingredients in this crunchy granola recipe are oats, almonds, cashews, and blueberries.
Oats are whole grains, making them rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Any variety of oats provide a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus. (1, 2)
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.
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.
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 nut butter-coated apples or bananas
- Eat by itself for a tasty, balanced snack!
This granola will keep for at least a month in an airtight container at room temperature.
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- 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
- Preheat oven to 250° F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, honey, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg.
- Add the oats and nuts to the bowl. Using a spatula, stir until well-combined.
- 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.*
- Remove from oven and stir one more time. Add dried blueberries. Once cool, store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. Enjoy!