5 Ingredient Cinnamon Granola

5 Ingredient Cinnamon Granola

5 ingredients and 5 minutes prep is all you need to bake this absolutely, delicious homemade granola. No need for theΒ 15 ingredient granola recipe today, I'm making this real easy for ya. Seriously, you can add 5 different nuts and some dried fruit if you wish, but it's just not necessary for it to be delicious. It's shocking how yummy this granola is with such few ingredients. Only negative, is it's gone in minutes in my household.

You don't need to spend a ridiculous amount for a small bag at the store for granola that contains too much sugar, too much oil and too many preservatives. I've never found one brand that didn't have some oil or preservatives in it. Making it homemade ensures it isΒ fresh, healthy and so much yummier!

It makes the perfect healthy cereal, when served with homemade almond milk! Seriously, cereal at the store is nothing but a box of sugar. This bowl is pure delicious, wholesome goodness.

Just mix....

and bake....so easy.

If you make this 5 Ingredient Cinnamon Granola, I'd love to hear about it! Please drop me a line below letting me know how much you loved it! You can also snap a pic and tag me on my Instagram page at #thevegan8 @thevegan8. Love seeing your creations!

5 Ingredient Cinnamon Granola
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All you need is 5 minutes of prep and 5 ingredients to make this delicious granola. Making homemade granola is a much healthier, tastier option than store bought granolas and cereals. This granola is perfect for on-the-go snacking or eaten as cereal in a delicious bowl of almond milk.
Serves: about 4.5 cups
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (I use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (pecans are best because they lend a very buttery flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup creamy almond butter
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (optional, but slightly enhances flavor)
  • If you or your child can't tolerate nuts, than this recipe can easily be made nut-free & kid-friendly by using sunflower kernels instead of pecans and sunbutter instead of almond butter.
  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place middle oven rack on the bottom rack.
  2. Add oats, pecans, cinnamon and salt to a large bowl and whisk well.
  3. Add almond butter and syrup to a cup or small bowl and stir well. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until very well mixed and sticky.
  4. Pour over the prepared pan and spread out evenly, about a ½ inch thick. Bake for 15 minutes on the bottom rack. Remove the pan, stir the granola around so that the bottom can cook evenly. Place back in the oven and cook another 10-12 minutes until very golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes while it crisps up. Store in a ziplock bag or plastic container. It will stay fresh for up to one week, if it even lasts that long!
*Gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, nut-free option

*Nutrition per ½ cup: 231 calories, 4.26 g protein, 13.32 g fat, 26.8 carbs
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Serving size: ½ cup



  1. This looks so good! I make my own granola and I am definitely going to try this recipe.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Please let me know when you do Cindy! πŸ™‚

  2. LOVE THIS! I love my go-to granola recipe tons but this would be fabulous to throw together in a pinch. I have everything on hand to make this–I wish I hadn’t just made a huge batch of granola a few weeks ago! Another one of your recipes bookmarked! Hope you had a great holiday season Brandi!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, yes it works great for a quick, delicious, healthy granola! I actually like it better than one of my other granola recipes with 10+ ingredients, haha! πŸ™‚ Thanks Erika!

  3. I love how quick and simple this is, I actually prefer my granola with only a few ingredients. I have never made with cinnamon, I have to try this. I always use olive oil but using nut butter is a great idea, it should help it clump too!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yes, the almond butter gives it awesome flavor. This one mildly clumps, but if you want more clumpy, increase to half cup if almond butter. Also, this other granola recipe is AMAZINGLY delish and clumps big time…butter-licious granola. http://thevegan8.com/2013/02/20/butter-licious-granola/

  4. Quick , Easy and Delicious. ..I subbed the almond butter for peanut butter and added a lil honey with the maple syrup loved it!!! I will keep making this!!! Thanks Brandi

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Suki! I’m so glad you loved it and the peanut butter sub worked perfectly…thanks so much for leaving feedback πŸ™‚

  5. YUM! I love every single ingredient in this granola and I love how simple it is! Love it!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks Melanie…doesn’t get any simpler!

  6. Simple, yet delectable. This look deeeelicious!

  7. Hi Brandi –

    I just made this and can’t stop eating it right (warm, YUM!). So simple, and it rocks!


    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much for the feedback Alicia! I’m so happy to hear that….it’s a little addicting isn’t it?! πŸ™‚

  8. These are quite costly over here. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I shall try it soon! Warmest, danny

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yes, I know Danny….granola is so incredibly expensive. It’s so much cheaper and tastier to make it ourselves πŸ™‚

  9. I love home made granola and this one looks so easy. happy new year:)

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Happy New Year to you too Pavithra πŸ™‚

  10. I’m on such a granola kick right now and this is perfect! Your photos are also super beautiful – love the clean background (something that I need to work on hah). Do you shoot everything in your kitchen?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, thank you so much Shikha! I appreciate that! Well, I shoot wherever I can get the best light depending on the weather…some in my kitchen, but mainly in my living room because I have huge windows and the light shines through the best. I set up a table right next to my window and use different props for backgrounds. On really bright days I shoot on my kitchen table for different looks or on my island…the top photo is shot on my black granite island. I REALLY work in editing to achieve certain looks. Honestly, a raw shot taken with the camera can look pretty crummy, but I can edit it really well to make it change drastically. If the light is pathetic and not sunny at all…I take them outside and that works best on dreary days, since the inside is hopeless. Hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions I may have left out πŸ™‚

  11. This looks great! Is there anything you can sub for the pure maple syrup if you are eating it on the Daniel Fast?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi there! Sure, you could use agave, coconut nectar or even honey and it should work fine. Honey isn’t technically “vegan”, but I do have a couple of readers who made it with honey and it worked, it will just make it slightly stickier. Let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

  12. This was fantastic! Very easy to make & delicious. I have 3 picky eaters & they loved it! I took a baggie of it with me to a ball game & didn’t even get any bc it was passed around & devoured! Thank you so much for this recipe Brandi!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m so happy to hear that Katy! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! πŸ™‚

  13. Just made this granola recipe…i made mine with pecan butter because that is what i had at home….still turned out delicious…

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, I agree Elilta, pecan butter would be even better! I just used almond butter for the recipe because it’s easier and cheaper for people and works well in granola. I’m all over it next time with the pecan butter though πŸ˜‰ So glad you enjoyed it!

  14. This is the healthiest granola recipe I’ve ever seen. I’m gonna try this for sure. I have to tell you that every time I come to your blog I’m just blown away by your photos. I just can’t get over how fab they are. Celeste πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thank you Celeste!! Big smile!! πŸ™‚

  15. I made your lovely granola & loved it too, so did my husband Peter! He loves it! x

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I just saw this Sophie! That is wonderful, thank you so much!

  16. One of my goals this year is to make my own granola and I’m going to start by using your recipe, Brandi. I love how simple this is and it’s full of good, natural ingredients. I’d throw in some dark chocolate too, just cause I’m a total chocoholic πŸ˜‰

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, yes, one can never have too much chocolate Nancy! πŸ™‚

  17. Made this last night with the sub of peanut butter and regular syrup (without high fructose corn syrup!), tastes amazing!! Will definitely be trying different combos with this recipe πŸ™‚ Also made it in a very short time! A recipe for the books for sure.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful to hear Alex! Yes, that is what I use and have noted, pure maple syrup in the recipe. I never use the fake syrup, it is terrible! So glad you loved it, thank you!

  18. […] recipe is actually a combo of 2 of my recipes. First, my popular 5 Ingredient Cinnamon Granola. Seriously, can it get any easier than that? It just so happens to be oil-free too. I try to avoid […]

  19. A New family favorite! We loved this quick and delicious granola. We made the nut free version and it was perfect!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      So awesome! I’m so glad to hear you loved it, thank you so much!

  20. I made this last week and now I am making a double batch. I did reduce the amount of maple syrup. It is delicious! !

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      So happy to hear it was such a hit, thank you so much for the feedback Sherry, love hearing it!

  21. Meg

    This is so delicious and (bonus) simple! I’ve made it several times now. Add flax seed and dried cranberries but not because it needs anything else. Have to resist eating it like cookie dough before it goes in the oven!

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