Five ingredient vanilla granola is a simple breakfast recipe that makes enough crunchy granola for the entire week. You only need five ingredients and 30 minutes of time to make this chewy, comforting granola.
Granola is a fantastic breakfast to keep on hand for busy work weeks or hectic weekends. If you've enjoyed my coconut granola and peanut butter granola recipes, I bet you'll love this homemade vanilla granola too!
With only five ingredients, you know exactly what's in your granola. Plus, it's satisfying to make your own breakfast that's ready to go all week long.
Pair vanilla granola with yogurt and berries for a filling breakfast. Or, pour milk over a bowl of granola and enjoy like a breakfast cereal. You can even add it to trail mix or eat it by the handful as a snack.
Ingredients and substitutions
For this recipe, you'll need old fashioned oats, cinnamon, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
- Oats - Old fashioned oats are recommended because they have a better texture for granola than quick cook oats, which are thinner and can be powdery. Quick cook oats also take less time to bake (I've included alternate directions in the recipe card).
- Cinnamon - Can be substituted with apple pie spice or a chai spice blend if you're looking to add a different flavor to your granola.
- Honey - Can be substituted with maple syrup or brown sugar.
- Coconut oil - Can be substituted with any neutral cooking oil you have on hand.
- Vanilla extract - Adds vanilla flavor to your granola. Can be substituted with other extracts to add a different flavor to your granola.
This is a great go-to recipe for a basic, no frills granola. It goes well with any flavor of yogurt and it's easy to make additions without the flavors clashing.
If you're making a yogurt parfait, try adding bananas, raspberries, or chocolate chips with your granola.
Add granola to your next trail mix - add equal parts dried cranberries, almonds, and granola, then combine and enjoy.
You can also enjoy granola like a breakfast cereal - add to a bowl with milk and enjoy for breakfast.
Homemade granola will keep for up to two weeks in a sealed container at room temperature.
Granola can also be frozen! Store granola in a tightly sealed, freezer safe container for up to three months for best flavor.
Five Ingredient Vanilla Granola
- 4 cups (356 g) old fashioned oats
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup (168 g) honey
- ¼ cup (57 g) coconut oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add oats and cinnamon. Stir to combine, then set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add oil and honey. Stir until coconut oil has melted and mixture has a thin consistency. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir to combine. Pour over dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
- Pour mixture onto lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Place into oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on baking sheet. Granola will harden more as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Old fashioned oats are highly recommended, but quick cook oats will work in this recipe. They will take less time to cook, so I recommend baking for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
- Honey can be substituted with maple syrup or brown sugar.