Clean Eating Stovetop Granola is an easy, healthy recipe made in just 15 minutes. Yep! This healthy breakfast (or snack!) idea is made in a saute pan and layered with rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and shredded coconut. A quick, easy, nutritious, delicious, low-sugar granola that’s perfect for meal prep.
This easy stovetop granola is sweetened with real maple syrup, naturally gluten-free, and perfect for meal prep! While traditional granolas are slow-cooked in the oven, this recipe cooks in just ten minutes right on your stovetop. I love this granola over a bowl of Greek yogurt with some fresh berries or sprinkled over some apples topped with homemade almond butter or peanut butter.
HEALTHY EATING TIP! Starting your day with a healthy breakfast is a great step to take when you’re working to build healthy eating habits. Pair this stovetop granola recipe with some quality protein, like cottage cheese or Greek yogurt to create a well-balanced, nutritious meal to start the day. If you need a grab-and-go option, pack some egg white muffins along with your granola to keep things balanced when you’re on the road.
Looking for other healthy ways to enjoy that nut, fruit, oat combination? Try these banana energy bars next!
This easy stovetop granola recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. It’s also loaded with fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals for a satisfying breakfast or afternoon snack. Here’s everything you’ll need to make it:
- Coconut oil: Helps the mixture get nice and crispy while cooking.
- Rolled oats: For this particular recipe, use old-fashioned rolled oats, not quick oats or steel-cut oats.
- Nuts: Chopped walnuts and sliced almonds add the perfect nutty flavor and crunch.
- Cinnamon: Adds warmth and a hint of spice.
- Sea salt: To bump up all of the flavors.
- Maple syrup: Use pure maple syrup to naturally sweeten this low-sugar granola.
- Dried fruit: For chewy bursts of sweetness in every bite. Feel free to use dried cranberries, apricots, raisins, cherries, or blueberries.
- Shredded coconut: Adds texture and flavor. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, feel free to leave it out.
How to make this recipe
This refined sugar-free granola is so quick and easy to whip up! It’s just a matter of mixing all of your ingredients in a pan and lightly toasting them up. You’ll have a tasty snack in no time!
I start by heating a large non-stick saute pan over a medium heat. Then, I add the coconut oil which will melt quickly (be sure to brush it along the base of the pan). Next…
Once the oats are completely cooled, transfer them to a sealed jar – I love to use mason jars.
- Add extras: Once your granola has cooled, stir in a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds, chia seeds or, flax seeds for a boost of protein and fiber.
- Crispy texture: Be sure to let the granola cool completely before storing it. If it’s still a bit warm when you put it away, it will get a soft texture instead of being crisp.
- Gluten-free: Oats are naturally gluten-free, however, they can get cross-contaminated in factories. To ensure this recipe is gluten-free, be sure the oat package is labeled certified gluten-free.
Is granola good for you?
The question of whether or not granola is healthy depends on the ingredients in the recipe. For this granola recipe, I’m using all-natural sweeteners and other wholesome ingredients that keep this specific granola nutritious, yet perfectly sweet and flavorful.
There are SO many delicious ways to change up this recipe and make it your own. One of the best things about granola is how versatile it is and the variety of ingredients that can be used. You can make this sweet and salty or even chocolatey and nutty. Here are some fun options:
- Chocolate: Some mini dark chocolate chips added in would be so delicious! Be sure to wait until the granola has cooled completely or your chips will become a melted mess.
- Dried fruit: Use any favorite dried fruit. We really like cranberries, but apricots, bananas, pineapple or raisins work great. You could even do a combo of more than one type.
- Nuts: Swap out the almonds and/or walnuts for pecans, cashews, pistachios, or any other nut that you have on hand or prefer.
- Seeds: For a boost of healthy fats, fiber, protein and omega-3s, once cooled, stir in chia seeds or hemp seeds. You could also add pumpkin seeds or acorn squash seeds.
- Spices: In addition to the ground cinnamon, you can add a small amount of other warm spices such as ground nutmeg, cloves, ginger and/or allspice.
You can just munch on this granola as a snack by itself, but it’s especially tasty with other foods. It adds such great texture and flavor! Here are some ideas:
- Sprinkle it over acai bowls or smoothies
- Mix it into yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit
- Stir it into oatmeal or overnight oats
- Enjoy just like cereal, with some homemade oat milk or almond milk
- Add a sprinkle on top of a bowl of ice cream
We recommend storing homemade granola in an airtight container, glass mason jar, or bag. This will ensure that it stays perfectly crisp, but doesn’t get too dry. It will keep fresh at room temperature for up to 3 months.
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15-Minute Clean Eating Stovetop Granola
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 cups rolled oats (160 g)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/3 cup dried fruit cranberries, apricots, raisins, etc.
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and melt coconut oil. Add in oats, walnuts, almonds, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup. Gently toss until everything is well incorporated.
- Continue cooking for 8-10 minutes, continuously stirring, until oats and nuts are toasty and golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in dried fruit and coconut.
- Once the oats have cooled completely, transfer to an airtight container and store in the pantry for up to 3 months.