Healthy Granola with Fruit and Nuts

Hello and Welcome to Djalali Cooks! We are lightening things up a bit today. Whole grain granola with plain yogurt and honey is one of my favorite light meals to have any time of day. I am always disheartened by how much sugar is in the store-bought varieties, so I never buy it at the grocery store. When the craving for granola struck, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. Let’s get to it!

Healthy granola with fruit and nuts

The best part about making granola yourself is that you can put in exactly what you like. I like my granola to be lightly sweet, with some hints of salt; plenty of toasty crunch and sour/sweet chewiness. Sweetened with pure maple syrup, this is a flavorful granola with tons of texture. I have roasted, salted pepitas; dried sour cherries, dried cranberries and dried blueberries. Pecan pieces and slivered almonds add a great amount of crunch and toasty flavor. Cinnamon and vanilla warm it up a bit and altogether, this is a very satisfying granola.

Healthy Granola ingredients

Let’s Make Some Healthy Granola!

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and line a half sheet tray with parchment. Then, add the nuts and the spices to the oats in a large bowl. Stir well to incorporate the salt and the cinnamon throughout the oats and the nuts. I have organic, old fashioned oats, Georgia-grown raw pecans and raw slivered almonds. I love the rich flavor the pecans bring to the mix and the slivered almonds add a really nice textural difference.

adding spices to granola mixture

We are going to add some fat, so the oats and nuts will get really nice and toasted. I am using melted organic coconut oil. The coconut adds a very light, subtle nutty flavor that is just perfect in this recipe. Mix it well to coat everything in a light layer of the coconut oil. Then add the vanilla and pour on the maple syrup. Be sure to use pure maple syrup. We don’t want any corn syrup with maple flavor. Look for Grade A Pure Maple syrup for a light maple flavor; and/or Grade B Pure Maple syrup, which is just as high quality as Grade A, the only difference being a stronger maple flavor and dark amber color.

adding coconut oil to granola mixture

Mix the maple syrup well, to coat all the oats and nuts in an even layer. Then, pour the mixture out on the sheet tray and spread it out in an even layer. I like my granola loose, like cereal, but if you like yours to end up with little nuggets of clumped together oats and nuts, lightly press the mixture flat to encourage it to stick together as it bakes and crisps up.

Toasty Granola

Place the sheet tray in the preheated oven. Set the timer for 10-12 minutes. At this halfway point we will give the granola stir – and again, if you like clumpy granola, after giving it a stir, once again press the granola flat in the sheet tray. Set the timer for another 8-10 minutes, and bake until the granola is golden and fragrant. The granola will continue to crisp up as it cools, so when you pull it from the oven, let it sit undisturbed for about 35-45 minutes.

adding pepitas to toasted granola
I used roasted, salted pepitas, rather than raw pepitas, so I add them after the granola has been baked.

Once cooled, either stir it with a spatula, or break it into pieces if you chose to make it clumpy. Now, we will add the dried fruit and roasted pepitas. If you use raw pepitas, you would add them in the beginning so they toast up with the rest of the granola mixture.

Healthy Granola with Fruit and Nuts

Toss in your dried fruit. Use your favorite kinds! I love the flavor contrast of sour cherries, sweet/ tart cranberries; and the sweet blueberries. Sliced apricots would be a great option, too! Another delicious combination would be to do tropical flavors; with macadamia nuts and shredded coconut, dried mango and pineapple. Note: if you want to add shredded coconut, just add the coconut at the halfway point in the baking process.

Homemade Healthy Granola

This recipe makes about 8 cups of granola, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple weeks, or you can freeze it a freezer bag for 3 months. If you do freeze it, be sure to let any dried fruit defrost before eating.

Healthy Granola with Fruit and Nuts

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Homemade Healthy Granola is so much better tasting than store-bought; it’s totally customizable and so much healthier! Give it a try and let me know how you make it your own. Leave me a comment here or reach out on Instagram or facebook to let me know! Take care and be well, xo Kelly

Kitchen Equipment Used in this Healthy Granola Recipe

Healthy Granola with Fruit and Nuts

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Breakfast, Brunch, Snack American
By Kelly Djalali, adapted from Cookie and Kate Serves: Makes 8 Cups
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 20-24 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes

Whole grain granola sweetened naturally with pure maple syrup. A wide variety of textures; this granola is perfect for breakfast and healthy snacking.


  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1.5-2 cups Raw Nuts and/or Seeds (I used 1 cup Pecans, 1/2 cup Slivered Almonds and 1/2 cup roasted salted Pepitas [Pepitas added after baking])
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Dried Fruit (I used 1/4 cup each: sour cherries, cranberries and blueberries)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line half sheet tray with parchment paper.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.


Pour in the oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well to evenly coat all the oats and nuts.


Pour the granola onto the prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it in an even layer. (For clumpy granola, press the stirred granola down with your spatula to create a more even layer.)


Bake for 10-12 minutes, then stir the granola and bake for another 8-10 until lightly golden (for clumpy granola, after stirring, press the granola down with your spatula to create a more even layer).


Once golden and fragrant, remove from the oven and let the granola sit undisturbed for 30-45 minutes. The granola will further crisp up as it cools.


Once cool, either stir the granola to loosen it up, or break it into clumps and add the dried fruit. Toss to mix in the dried fruit and store in an airtight container, at room temperature for a couple weeks.

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  • Suzanne Smith
    March 3, 2021 at 9:28 am

    This sounds good. I make a very similar one, but I haven’t typically mixed different fruits. I love the dried tart cherries, and sometimes I add unsweetened coconut flakes. The sour cherries and the petitas are good anti-inflammation additions, too. Yum

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 3, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Suzanne! I love to have the variety of dried fruit. So good! Thanks for stopping by today, xo Kelly

  • Arna
    March 3, 2021 at 9:31 am

    What could I use instead of coconut oil? I don’t use it, so we don’t have any. Anything else I could use?
    Thank you!

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 3, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Arna, You can use olive oil for sure. Hope that helps– Thanks for your question! xo Kelly

  • Linda Miller
    March 3, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Will definitely make this, thank you Kelly!

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 3, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Awesome Linda, I hope you love it! xo Kelly

  • Terry
    March 3, 2021 at 10:21 am

    I have forgotten about making my own granola. You make yours exactly the same as I do. Thanks for the kick in the pants? I will be making this ❤️Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 3, 2021 at 1:40 pm

      Sure thing Mom! xo Kelly

  • Rose
    March 3, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I don’t have to buy all kinds of seeds that I will never eat. I have everything I need in my pantry right now. That us why I like your recipes so much, “gourmet” without the gourmet ingredients. Another recipe saved. I also loved the air fryer fish. Thank you again.

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 3, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Rose, Isn’t great not to have to run the store sometimes; when everything is right in the pantry! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I am so happy you enjoyed the fish recipe. Thank you so much for dropping me a line today, xo Kelly

  • Arna
    January 12, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Once I finish up the granola I have, from a natural food store, I am going to make this. I love yogurt and granola for my snack as I break my fast in the afternoon. This sounds delicious and better for me. Thank you.

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 12, 2022 at 8:01 am

      Good Morning Arna, You know, I love to have a little granola as a nighttime snack. And I love how, when you make it yourself, you can customize it to exactly what you like! Let me know how you like this recipe – how it compares to your favorite store-bought band. Have a wonderful Wednesday! xo Kelly

  • Paula
    January 12, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Your timing was great!! I was going to make some granola. So I read the recipe and already made it. The house smells wonderful. I did have most of the ingredients except some of the nuts. So now it’s cooling.

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 12, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Wonderful Paula! I love the aroma of the toasted oats and nuts with the maple and cinnamon. I am so happy you made this granola – I am sure you will love it! Thanks so much for writing in today! xo Kelly

  • Trish
    January 12, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    I like the sound of this! I have been making granola from a baby food book, “Feed me, I’m Yours,” for 43 years now, the age of my oldest son! Time for a change! Thank you again?

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm

      Sounds like a good time for a change-up, Trish! Let me know how you like this version! Take care, xo Kelly

  • Maeve
    January 12, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    This sounds great, and I always prefer to make rather than purchase, but the recipe seems to have more carbs than the Bob’s Red Mill (fruit and almonds) that my husband eats. Do you have nutrition info? I would think that cutting down the dried fruit to 1/4-to-1/3 cup would lower the sugars substantially. BTW, I really love that making this cuts down on plastic waste of granola bags. Now my issue is to get him to change.

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 12, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Maeve, I do not have the nutrition info; the beauty of this recipe is that you can certainly dial back the dried fruit. Or you could leave out the dried fruit altogether and add fresh fruit to individual servings. I have made that way before and it’s really good with fresh blueberries. I am with you on the plastic, too – it’s so good not to have the packaging. If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes over with your husband! Have a great evening, xo Kelly

  • Sally Burke
    January 12, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Good morning Kelly, what a great start to the day, except for the fact that other than Allbran occasionally I do not eat cereal, but my husband does and like you I make my own, although not toasted. I have made Granola for my daughter in law when she has been out here in Australia, it is yummy but a bit sweet for me, but as you say nowhere near as sweet as store bought, particularly Nutrigrain, you may as well buy a packet of lollies, just as healthy lol!
    Happy cooking and enjoy your breakfast ?

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 13, 2022 at 8:30 am

      Hi Sally, Give this recipe a try, I think your husband will like its toasty, nutty flavor. It’s not too sweet, and you can leave out the dried fruit. I don’t usually eat breakfast either, but this is a great a great afternoon snack too. Let me know what y’all think! Good to hear from you, have a wonderful morning! xo Kelly