Granola {Without Oil}




I’m one who loves granola and all it’s delicious varieties. If there is one thing I don’t like about many of the granola recipes out there, it is the use of oil in the granola coating. If I’m trying to create healthy food I can to start my day with, why would I pour a 1/2 cup of oil over the top (granted, I obviously wouldn’t eat the whole batch in one sitting, but it would still amount to about 1 Tbsp of oil in each serving which would be  100 calories of fat…and I save my fat calories for dessert at the finish of my dinner meal =). I haven’t made a homemade granola for a few years actually because I’ve been turned away from it due to that extra fat. I also don’t like my granola to have a ridiculous amount of fillers. Yes many of the fillers that are added to granola are indeed healthy, but they also pack in calories. So, I decided to try a new granola route without using oil and keeping it simple. My first attempt I tried applesauce and I wasn’t able to achieve the crunch I wanted. This time around I used just the sweeteners without oil, and instead with a bit of water and boiled it in a saucepan before pouring it over the oat mixture. I know there are going to be some people out there that are going to say this recipe isn’t healthy because it has sugar in it, but to that I say the sugar is for my emotional health =). If I made a granola with no sugar or an artificial sweetener I’d rather not eat it and just have toast. This granola isn’t overly sweet I think 1/2 cup of sugar is not to0 much but also not too little. This is something I can be happy to start my day with and also something I can feel good about serving to my kids for breakfast (not to mention, we all love it!). Munch on this for a crunchy, lightly sweet  midday snack or pour it into a bowl along with some creamy almond milk (my favorite) or another delicious way to serve it up is in a parfait with fresh fruit (leaving out the dry fruit) along with Greek yogurt. Yum, yum, yum! Enjoy!





Granola {Without Oil}

Yield: About 6 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 4 cups whole oats (DON'T use quick oats)
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dried berries such as blueberries , cranberries, or raisins*, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, toss together oats and sliced almonds, set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, bring mixture to a boil stirring frequently. Once mixture reaches a boil, allow to boil for 1 minute whisking constantly. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and baking soda and whisk until mixture is foamy, about 10 seconds. Carefully pour hot sugar mixture over oat mixture and toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture into an even layer on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven, about 36 - 40 minutes until golden brown, removing from oven and tossing twice during baking (when tossing, I tossed the oat mixture near the edges into the center and spread the mixture in the center out to the edges for more even cooking). Remove from oven, toss in dried fruit and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container (note that granola wont be crisp until cooled).
  2. *I used half dried cranberries and half raisins. I just tried the Craisins infused with cherry juice in this recipe, I would highly recommend them. They are delicious and taste like a cranberry+ a cherry in one. I haven't tried the pomegranate or blueberry versions yet but I'm guessing those are also delicious.
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Yammie @ Yammie’s Noshery: Yum!! Sometimes I make it with maple syrup or honey instead of sugar and some egg whites. January 26, 2013 at 6:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I was thinking of egg whites as an option too, I’ll have to try that out! Thanks for your comment Yammie! January 26, 2013 at 7:54pm Reply

  • Jenn@eatcakefordinner: I too have been wanting to find a granola recipe without all of that oil. I can’t wait to try out your recipe with almond milk! I love that too. January 26, 2013 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah almond milk is the best, I almost wish I wouldn’t have made the switch now I’m hooked on almond milk and have to pay twice as much vs milk =). It’s worth it though it’s sooo good. January 28, 2013 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Love making homemade granola b/c you can control the ingredients, it tastes better, and let’s face it, it’s far more economical! Granola in stores is the biggest rip off ever & it’s stale! I love this one of yours! I have one I made in the fall w/ pumpkin and I still want to make it, even tho pumpkin season is over :) January 26, 2013 at 8:43pm Reply

  • katie: hi! I just found your blog and I just wanted to let you know that I think it is lovely and I can’t wait to try your delicious recipes! I’ve got the shredded beef tacos in the crock pot already! January 27, 2013 at 11:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Katie – thanks so much! I hope you love the tacos and anything else you may try from Cooking Classy. Thanks so much for your comment! January 27, 2013 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Cindy Harris: I love granola but one of my favorite recipes has a half a pound of butter in it. Delicious but more of a dessert than a breakfast.
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. January 27, 2013 at 1:43pm Reply

  • anna: I feel the same way about the oil – mostly I just don’t like the taste. I also tried applesauce and found that it didn’t work, tried butter but didn’t like how that went either. So thank you – I will try this! Love your photography, by the way. January 27, 2013 at 7:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Anna! I do hope you have a chance to make it and enjoy! January 28, 2013 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Melanie: This looks fantastic! I LOVE granola, but hesistate from eating a bowl because of the high calories. I usually just sprinkle a little on my yogurt or healthy cereal:) With this recipe I could actually enjoy a whole bowl! Thank you!! January 27, 2013 at 8:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Melanie, thanks for your comment! January 29, 2013 at 10:22am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Will have to double the recipe for this – I am obsessed with granola! January 28, 2013 at 12:41am Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I have wanted to make homemade granola for a long time. This one uses my favorite ingredients. Thank you for sharing the recipe. January 28, 2013 at 9:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Shari! January 28, 2013 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Michelle: I ran out of granola this morning and was browsing blogs after lunch; came across this and decided to go make it right away! It’s done and I added dried blueberries. Have only tried a little bit but seems very yummy. January 28, 2013 at 10:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s great to hear Michelle! Thanks for your comment! January 28, 2013 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Laura: This is awesome! I just recently made my first batch of homemade granola and I LOVED it. I had pretty much 4 cupcs of granola. That was on friday night. Now it’s all gone.
    I didn’t use oil in it, but butter. And yes, I began to think about the ridiculous amount of butter I just stuffed in my face within 3 days. Not to mention that I love dessert and also had pancakes for breakfast on sunday and some… a few… a lot… of Rolo’s since saturday.
    So yes, I love that your recipe doesn’t use any oil (or butter, for that matter). I totally get you. Honey might be a pretty good alternative to the sugar though as well, don’t you think? Anyways, thanks a lot! <3 January 28, 2013 at 3:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah honey or agave nectar would probably give similar results. Homemade granola is the best and it’s so easy so why by it at the store right. January 28, 2013 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Kari@Loaves n Dishes: Great recipe Jaclyn. Even though there’s no oil, the granola still looks like it’s nice and crisp! January 28, 2013 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Lauren: Looks delicious! Sometimes I use applesauce or mashed banana in place of oil…it also adds some sweetness, which is nice too. :) February 1, 2013 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Dee: I made a batch this morning and it was so easy to make. It looked so professional and tasted good. I added some coconut and wheat germ. Wow! Thanks to such a wonderful good recipe. February 10, 2013 at 8:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Dee – thanks so much for returning to leave a comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! February 10, 2013 at 10:16am Reply

  • amber: Oh MY GOODNESS! Simply amazing & SO versatile!!! THANK YOU for sharing!!! February 13, 2013 at 9:16am Reply

  • Christy Ross: This is a fantastic granola recipe! I love how it doesn’t have oil in it but it does have yummy nuts, dried fruit and spices! Thank you for sharing it! March 2, 2013 at 8:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Christy! March 3, 2013 at 3:26pm Reply

  • Jan: I’m just curious about the baking soda. How did you come up with that ingredient, and what does it do in granola? I’m just browsing around for oil-free granola, and this looks promising! March 3, 2013 at 6:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Jan – I used baking soda to simply aerate the syrup coating – it seems to give it better spread-ability to coat more evenly. Who knows it may give it a little extra lift while baking too =). I hope you try and enjoy this recipe! March 3, 2013 at 10:24am Reply

  • Alicia: I make mine very similar to this. I use about a 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (I’m vegan) and only 1/4 brown sugar and totally omit the oil from my recipe. It isn’t as clumpy as I’d like, but it still tastes good. I dump a lot of vanilla in there too, and dried cherries. I love how you can really mess with with the ingredients and just do what you want. I think next I’ll try some maple syrup in a batch. I have to make it weekly because I’m an addict! May 15, 2013 at 5:02am Reply

  • chelseajoy: I made this last night and it’s wonderful! I’ve been looking for a no oil granola recipe that still gets a crunch and this hit the spot! My boyfriend even loved it! I’ve already sent this recipe to multiple people! June 3, 2013 at 6:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this granola recipe Chelsea! Thanks for sharing it and thanks for your comment! June 4, 2013 at 10:44pm Reply

  • Maija: Hi! New to homemade granola. If I want to make this without nuts, do I need to substitute with another cup of dry ingredients? (i.e. another cup of oats in place of the nuts) July 24, 2013 at 8:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would maybe add in another half cup of oats simply because oats will absorb some of the coating but the nuts not so much so if you leave them out you’ll want to make up for some of the surface area they’d cover. Just my guess :). July 31, 2013 at 6:25pm Reply

  • Rae: I’m definitely making this today. I am glad I found a recipe without oil…yuck. August 6, 2013 at 8:24am Reply

  • Angela: Hi,
    I made this today. I was in such a hurry, I totally missed that I needed to bring a few ingredients to a boil. I just mixed it all together well. Then spread onto parchment lined cookie sheet. It turned out great. I also omitted the baking soda.
    This is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing. :) August 7, 2013 at 11:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you liked this recipe Angela and also nice to now that the boiling isn’t absolutely necessary :). Thanks for your comment! August 8, 2013 at 7:56am Reply

  • Melissa: Hi, I have a question for you. I was wondering if you take out the sugar and double the amount of honey you put in, if that will not only make it healthier but still taste just as good. August 9, 2013 at 10:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would probably be okay, and yes still delicious. August 10, 2013 at 7:59am Reply

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  • Keila: This is the first time I’ve made homemade granola and this recipe is so good. I’ve been trying to eat healthier since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a couple of months ago and it has been so hard to quit my addiction to sugary/ marshmallowy/ multicolored breakfast cereals, but I think this might just do the trick. As of now, I’m hooked to this blog. August 25, 2013 at 10:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your hooked to my blog Keila :)! I’m glad you liked this granola too! I hope you can find more recipes on here that you’ll love that will fit into your diet! August 27, 2013 at 1:52pm Reply

  • Ratih: I made these yesterday and they were really really good. Super crunchy without having to add oil. I added almonds and craisin 50% less sugar cranberries. I would make this again and again with different add-ons. Thank you for sharing this recipe! September 30, 2013 at 7:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Ratih, I’m so glad you liked it! September 30, 2013 at 8:13am Reply

  • Michelle: I Looooovvvveee this recipe. Made it several days ago and its gone. My husband tried some without the dried fruit and asked if it can be made into granola bars. I found another recipe that is very similar but toasted theiroats in oil first and i dont want to do that. Im guessing i would use more brown sugar and honey. Thank you so much.
    God bless January 6, 2014 at 7:04pm Reply

  • Michelle: Morning, Im actually getting ready to make my second batch in a minute. But my husband tried it and loved it but wants me to make it into granola bars without the dried fruit and was wondering how much more sugar and honey ect to use. Thank you and God bless. And love ur blog/page. January 9, 2014 at 9:48am Reply

  • michelle: My husband was wanting me to turn them into granola bars. He isnt a fan of chewy granola bars. But we both love this recipe. I add raisins and cherry craisins and almonds. He likes his w extra oats and pecans January 14, 2014 at 6:18pm Reply

  • michelle: The one i found where she toasts the oats. Everything else mirrors your mixture but more of the brown sugar and things.

    Also used pumpkin spice and cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of coarse sea salt. Added a little more depth to the flavor. January 16, 2014 at 5:16am Reply

  • Maguy: Hi I’ve just made this with coconut sugar and maple syrup and it worked ;)
    I added some diced apricots and shredded coconuts and you know what? It’s SO addictive that I will have to bake/store regularly!! I’m glad that I could make delicious crunchy granola without any oil. Thank you very much for the recipe. February 22, 2014 at 10:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it and were able to substitute coconut sugar and maple syrup! Thanks for your comment Maguy! February 22, 2014 at 10:35am Reply

  • Karina: I have been using your recipe for about a year now. I’ve made it so many times and it’s always just delicious. Just wanted to say thak you! April 24, 2014 at 12:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you’ve been enjoying this recipe Karina :)! Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment! April 24, 2014 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Brenda: Hi…I just finished making a double batch of this granola to use as favors this weekend at a bridal bunch that I’m hosting. I’m hoping to have a little bit left over for myself after I fill the mason jars…it’s delicious! April 24, 2014 at 2:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Brenda! Glad you like it! May 6, 2014 at 6:31pm Reply

  • Linda Rayburn: I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe! It is by far the best granola I have ever had! I had to make one little change because I can’t have brown sugar I used coconut palm sugar and it turned out fabulous!
    Thanks again! May 12, 2014 at 12:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Linda! Glad you liked it, I’ll have to try the coconut palm sugar variation soon! May 13, 2014 at 8:44am Reply

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  • Catherine: Does it matter if you don’t use dried fruit? because i have frozen berries in the freezer but i don’t have dried berries? September 18, 2014 at 11:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s doesn’t matter if you don’t add dried berries, I wouldn’t use fresh though unless you are adding it to something along with the berries. September 19, 2014 at 2:39pm Reply

      • Catherine: what do you mean by ‘unless you were adding something with them?’ September 19, 2014 at 3:05pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Sorry I didn’t say that very well, I just meant I’d only add them when you are going to eat it like with yogurt or milk for example. September 20, 2014 at 12:36am Reply

          • Catherine: oh ok, thanks! September 20, 2014 at 3:03am

  • Mia: Have made this twice now and it’s delish! Today I added quinoa and bran flakes and the taste is still great :) September 24, 2014 at 5:37am Reply

  • Darlene: Jaclyn, I only have quick oats on hand. What would be the harm in using them? Thanks, Darlene October 4, 2014 at 8:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They just don’t hold up as well so the texture may be a little different. October 4, 2014 at 10:58am Reply

  • Stephanie H: Just curious would you happen to know about how many calories? And what a serving size would be? October 12, 2014 at 9:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have the nutritional info but usually a serving of granola is about 1/2 cup. November 9, 2014 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Eleanor: This recipe is 2 years old now so maybe you won’t see this, but….

    I love this recipe! It’s so nice to find an oil-free granola! Thank you so much for putting it up!

    I was wondering, around how long do you think it will store in the fridge? Granola recipes that use oil often say “consume within one week” or so on, but I would assume that the ingredient most likely to go rancid first is the oil – so maybe this one will keep for 2 or 3 weeks?

    I was thinking about making up a really huge batch and eating it over a month or so. Has anyone tried that?

    Thanks :D January 19, 2015 at 9:24pm Reply

  • Katie: have you calculated the calories per serving? I’m coming up with 430 calories per serving (assuming 6 servings) but that seems excessive to me. Just curious. Thanks! January 29, 2015 at 9:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Usually with granola 1/2 cup equals one serving so you’d get about 12 out of this I think. January 29, 2015 at 8:55pm Reply

  • Anna: This looks delicious! Can you do a no bake granola recipe? April 4, 2015 at 8:00am Reply

  • richard brandau: Jaclyn: i prepared your recipe for Granola without oil. It was great but I had to make a fews substitutions. i added one cup of Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain crunchy cereal since I only had three cups of oats. Also, I substituted a cup of sunflower seeds for the slivered almonds since I am not supposed to eat nuts. The fruit I added was raisins and chopped dried apricots. I am wondering if you have adapted the recipe to make granola bars? I am aware of several diet authors that would be interested in recipes prepared without oil. Thanks, Dick Brandau May 21, 2015 at 9:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t yet tried making a similar recipe with granola bars, I wonder if could be done for the dry, crunchy kind? May 22, 2015 at 9:02pm Reply

  • Traci R: Hi – I made a batch this weekend and the flavor was great! I had a couple of problems I hoped you would help me troubleshoot. The granola stayed sticky and clumped in the jar. Did I not cook it long enough? It’s very chewy. Is that how it is supposed to be? Thanks! July 4, 2015 at 6:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I probably just needed to cook a little longer because it should by dry and crisp. Sorry it didn’t turn out perfect! July 9, 2015 at 12:11am Reply

    • Stephanie: I have been making this for months. When i take it from the oven I let it sit on the counter for about 30 min then it gets nice and crunchy. July 9, 2015 at 5:23am Reply

  • LaVonneK: I just made this, omited the nutmeg and the almonds as I didn’t have them. Turned out awesome. This is my first time making granola and I’m now on the granola train. Thanks July 21, 2015 at 4:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it LaVonne! July 21, 2015 at 10:43pm Reply

  • Diana: I never liked granola until I found your recipe. I have been making it for 10 months and we absolutely love it. It’s crunchy and dry. A perfect snack with yogurt and some fresh fruit. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Got to got. Taking my granola out of the oven. September 18, 2015 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Jen: This is seriously the best homemade granola recipe! I have tried a few and this one was crunchy and delicious. I love it with Greek yogurt or almond milk, or just plain! I also love that I always have all the ingredients on-hand. Thank you for sharing! This is now a staple in my house. November 12, 2015 at 5:26pm Reply

  • Sara: Really great recipe! Don’t miss the oil at all. I did pumpkin seeds, chia seed and no dried fruit. Thank you!! December 5, 2015 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Rosemary: My husband and I love this, I make it all the time! February 13, 2016 at 11:31am Reply

    • Richard Brandau: This recipe tastes great but I need to make the recipe into a bar form without the use of brown rice syrup. Any ideas? Dick February 16, 2016 at 6:20am Reply

  • Kelly: This looks delicious, I am new to cooking and don’t really know what substitutions I can make. Would steel cut oats work with this? March 3, 2016 at 10:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t think the texture of steel cut oats would work well in this, I’d would recommend stick with the rolled oats :). March 4, 2016 at 9:49am Reply

  • Tina Kennedy: Love this and make often! I add ground flax seed and chia seeds to oats too. November 20, 2016 at 12:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment Tina! November 28, 2016 at 12:30pm Reply

  • Tanya: Hey! Will the sticky mixture stick to butter paper? March 1, 2017 at 7:49am Reply

  • Liz: Is there any way of making this without having to cook the liquid first? Idid have another great recipe, no oil, no cooking and it was great! Just cannot find it! July 7, 2017 at 6:26am Reply

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