Classic Granola Recipe | No Sugar

This Classic Granola Recipe is a simple but delicious granola that is sweetened with honey instead of sugar.

It is a rainy day in our area. Stormy in fact. The wind is howling away and I can hear the rain rapidly draining from the gutters. The overgrown bushes that border our house are beating dramatically against the exterior.

Tucked away inside away from the winds and chill of the air, I have decided to make a batch of my favorite granola. One that is so delicious that I keep us stocked up on it for mornings of homemade yogurt topped with granola and a drizzle of raw honey. For me, the perfect breakfast filled with flavor and protein.

Baking on a blistery day is one of life’s greatest joys. Though when baking, we mostly think of desserts like cookies or cakes. But baking a batch of granola is just as enticing and satisfying.

The smell of this Classic Granola Recipe quickly fills the air with the light scents of sweet honey and coconut. On a day like this, a warm bowl of freshly baked granola will make the perfect movie snack.

The best part is you can adapt this recipe by using the basics of sweetener, oil, and oats. At times I like to add dried fruit like cherries, raisins, or cranberries. Other times I am wanting more of that dessert-style granola with bits of chocolate inside. If you are one for chocolate in your granola, be sure to check out my Dark Chocolate and Walnut Granola.

Why I Love This Classic Granola Recipe

This simple recipe makes the very best homemade granola I have ever made. I find it perfectly sweetened with that lite touch of salt often lacking in other granolas. You can taste the flavor contrast and the granola has a perfectly satisfying crunch. This Classic Granola Recipe is not overpowering and is a low-sugar variation I feel good about having for breakfast.

What You’ll Need To Make This Classic Granola Recipe

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup raw honey

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 cup pecans (almonds and walnuts work well too)


Set your oven to 300℉/149℃

In a stock pot begin heating the oats, honey and coconut oil.

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parchment paper on a baking sheet

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

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Add the cinnamon, salt, nuts and coconut. Stir well to combine.

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classic granola on a baking sheet

Pour mixture onto the baking sheet and spread out as shown. Bake for 20 minutes.

Then turn the baking sheet around and bake for an additional 5 minutes. The mixture should be golden brown and smell amazing.

classic granola in a mason jar

Store in an air-tight container in your pantry. I find that mason jars work perfectly and love this Le Parfait flip top jar for my granola.

Be sure to check out Ways to Enjoy this Recipe below.

Tips for Classic Granola Recipe

  • Be sure to heat the ingredients first on the stovetop instead of just mixing the ingredients into a bowl. This helps ensure the oats are properly coated with the oil and honey. Having heated the honey, allows it to mix into the oats much easier.
  • Use old fashioned oats for best results
  • I use raw honey for this recipe
  • A dutch oven works well for mixing all the ingredients together on the stove top.
  • Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will make for less cleanup.

FAQ For Classic Granola Recipe

Why coconut oil?

Coconut oil is a very healthy good fat to add to this Classic Granola Recipe. I also love that it gives a slight coconut base flavor to the overall granola. You can sub it out for olive oil or avocado oil as well. This will create a slightly different taste but still good granola.

What type of oats are best?

I use the standard old-fashioned oats when making any of my granola recipes. I like that they are sturdier and can stand up to anything I add to my granola.

What other sweetener would work for this recipe?

Maple syrup would be a good alternative to raw honey. If doing so, I would use real maple syrup. Please note, that the granola will of course have a bit of a taste difference but still delicious granola nonetheless.

Is granola healthy?

Of course, this all just depends on what is in the granola you are consuming. We have all seen those dessert-style granolas loaded with sugar in the grocery store. That is one of the benefits of making your own granola. You can decide the quality of ingredients and control the amount of sugar that goes into your recipe.

This Classic Granola Recipe generally has a relatively lower sugar content when compared to other store-bought granolas. As such consuming good quality granola with low sugar content can have many suggested health benefits. Including having soluble fiber that is known for its ability to help lower HDL cholesterol. It can boost energy without overloading your body with sugars. It is also a good source of plant-based protein among other health benefits.

Ways to Enjoy this Classic Granola Recipe

  • Enjoy this Classic Granola Recipe poured over homemade yogurt or your favorite store-bought kind.
  • Pour milk into a bowl and eat Classic Granola as a cereal.
  • Use as a topping on your ice cream, parfait, or as a snack in itself.
  • Use it to provide a crunchy topping to your muffins.
  • Use it to top sliced apples with nut butter and honey drizzled over.

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Yield: 4 cups of granola

Classic Granola Recipe

classic granola in a mason jar

A delicious granola perfectly sweetened and easily adapted to your liking

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (almonds and walnuts work great too)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut


  1. Set your oven to 300℉/149℃
  2. In a large stock pot or dutch oven begin heating together the rolled oats, honey and coconut oil.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. Add the cinnamon, salt, nuts and coconut. Mix well. Remove from heat.
  5. Spread the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Then turn the baking sheet around and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Serve alone, in milk, over ice cream or with yogurt.


You Will Need:

Baking Sheet

Stock pot or dutch oven

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

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