This homemade granola with oats, almonds, and dried cranberries toasts up quickly on your stovetop and makes a terrific topping for your favorite Greek yogurt.
It’s 5 Ingredient Friday, so I’m making homemade granola to put on top my bowl of yogurt in the morning.
You’ll find a wide range of nutrition value when it comes to store purchased or homemade granolas. It really depends on the ingredients added to the bag or bowl. This is why it pays to read the labels when you’re buying granola at the store. Often you’ll find unnecessary ingredients in the mix like these I found in a popular “natural” brand found at my local grocery – whey, inulin, nonfat dry milk, glycerin, whey protein concentrate (wasn’t there already whey in the list?).
Anyway, you get the point. Homemade granola is simple to make and skips all the unnecessary ingredients.
Most often I’ll toss granola ingredients onto a sheet pan to bake them in the oven, but today I decided to see if I couldn’t quickly toast them up on my stovetop.
I melted a tablespoon of coconut oil in my pan, then tossed in oats, almonds, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and honey. Then waited in anticipation to see if my granola would toast up as well as it does in the oven.
It didn’t take long before the aroma of toasting oats and almonds filled the air. The only trick was to make sure I didn’t burn the batch, but then when I bake homemade granola in the oven I have the same dilemma. Stirring frequently is a must!
If you like clumps of sugary granola, then this version probably isn’t for you. It’s light and crumbly with a hint of sweetness thanks to the dried cranberries (I used low sugar Craisins) and honey. This homemade granola is perfect topping plain Greek yogurt, and you can bet I’ll be making an apple crumble later in the week.
Shake It Up!
Substitute your favorite nuts in this homemade granola recipe. I’m a walnut and pepita fan myself (check out this granola with fall pumpkin and pepitas). If you don’t mind adding a few calories to the mix, you toss in a few tablespoons of chia seeds. They’re packed with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids and would add a nice nutrition boost.
Stovetop Granola with Oats, Almonds, and Cranberries
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 cups oats, not instant, just standard oats
- 1 cup almonds, whole, then run a knife through them to chop them in halves
- 5 ounces dried cranberries, reduced sugar Craisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup honey
- Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat with coconut oil.
- While coconut oil melts, place the remaining ingredients in a bowl (no need to combine), then when the oil is melted toss ingredients into the pan.
- Stir frequently to disburse the honey and coconut oil through the oats, almonds, and Craisins, and to keep the granola from burning.
- Cook until you can smell the oats and almonds toasting, but take care not to burn them. My granola took approximately 8 - 10 minutes.
- Cool and place in an airtight container.
Food energy: 218kcal
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 9
Saturated fatty acids: 1.69g
Total fat: 8.02g
Carbohydrate, by difference: 33.71g
Total dietary fiber: 3.94g
Total sugars: 16.26g