Almond “Sugar” Granola

I absolutely love any and all granolas. The problem is many of them have crazy ingredients when you think you are getting something super healthy.

This granola is simple and tastes sugary sweet without the guilt! These flavors just melt together to make an “old fashioned” type granola, rather than all the bells and whistles. In this recipe I do use coconut crystals, but if you can’t find those, throw in some coconut flakes or an extra dusting of brown sugar or xylitol for sweetness.

I also used the stove top for this granola instead of the oven just to try something different 🙂

Inspired by my FitBloggin’ favorite breakfast. Here’s the recipe!

For this recipe you will need: 

  • 1 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut crystals
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar free maple syrup

Makes 2 cups~ 8 servings

Start by mixing together your oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, coconut crystals, almonds, and salt

cin oats slivered oats oat granola mix

Next comes the base that holds the granola together. I used a VERY ripe banana that I placed in the freezer for fluffs. I let it thaw completely on the counter. When you remove it from the peel it is so soft and incredibly easy for mashing.

1/2 nanner

So, super ripe–>freeze—> thaw is the best combo for making this!


As you see it’s like baby food! This is the consistency you want. To this add the maple syrup and stir.

maple and banana

Then add to the oat mixture until completely stirred in

babyfood mix spatula granola

Next, add the coconut oil to a pan on medium heat. Add in the granola mix

stove top granola

Continuously stir for at least 5 minutes. The granola will start to turn golden brown

cooked granola

When this happens, reduce the heat to low and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Then transfer to a cookie sheet to cool. I placed wax paper underneath for easy removal. The longer you let it cool, the crunchier it will get!

sheet granola

I ended up putting my granola in a cute little jar!

jarred granola

This will last about 3-4 weeks in your cabinet (if you don’t eat it all first).


Nutritional info: PER SERVING (1/4 cup):112.5 calories, 4.1 grams of fat, 16.4 grams of carbs, 4 grams of protein, 3.25 grams of sugar.

Happy eating…

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


You Might Also Like


  1. sarah

    This looks great!

    1. Katie

      It was! Until I dropped it all over the floor lol

      1. Meredith

        I burnt mine, I threw it in the oven and got distracted (how dare the baby need a diaper change 🙂 Anyway it was still awesome. Next time I am going to do it on the stove during his nap and forgo the mulitasking. Thanks for the recipe

  2. Kristen @ Medium Roast

    Ah! I never thought of using a skillet…I always burn my granola when I try to make it in the oven. I’ll definitely have to try this out. Sorry to hear about the granola casualty though…nothing worse than the sound granola makes as it hits the ground and scatters across the floor… Good excuse to try another batch or recipe though!

Leave a Reply