Never Buy A Box of Cereal Again: Granola in Minutes

February 24, 2016   7 Comments

I am a big fan of granola. It is my “cookie replacement” and my breakfast instead of sugary cereal.

Fast Granola

Stovetop granola is a fantastic idea. In the past, I have made granola like cookies (baking in the oven and using a bowl). With the stovetop method – you don’t use a bowl and you are out of the kitchen in no time.

This recipe should be your motivation to NEVER buy a bag or box of granola or packaged cereal AGAIN.

This granola can be gluten-free (if you make sure to use gluten-free oats) and vegan (coconut oil and agave syrup) and has a fraction of the added sugar found in most packaged granolas. It is also a fraction of the cost! Win-win!

Stovetop granola tastes so much better than anything you can find in the store because you toast it and therefore it is “freshly toasted”.

I don’t mean you just guzzled a glass of champagne.

Freshly toasted is like home baked cookies. There is a flavor that you simply can’t get with a packaged cereal.

I use a tablespoon of butter as both a flavoring agent and a way to introduce some fat to make the granola taste good. Also, I used agave syrup (but you can use honey) to give a little sweetness.

After you make this, feel free to add dried fruit to your taste. I love adding raisins or cranberries to give a flavor punch.

Stovetop Granola Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 1 ½ cups

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½ cup sliced almonds or other nuts (walnuts, peanuts, pecans, etc.)
1 cup whole rolled oats (not instant)
1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey (optional)
pinch of salt


In a frying pan, heat almonds and oats over medium high heat. Stir frequently until toasted – about 5-8 minutes. The oats should be fragrant and lightly browned. Be careful because the nuts will burn easily.

Add the butter, agave syrup, and salt and mix until blended. Remove from heat and store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

¼ cup is 125 calories, 6.8 g fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 13.7 g carbohydrates, 0.7 g sugar, 3.5 g protein, 2.4 g fiber, 44 mg sodium, 4 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Thank you snack girl! I can't wait to try this out. I wonder if you could add a little bit of vanilla or even some dried fruit at the end of the toasting process. Brilliant! Cheers!

I am a big fan of your regular low-fat granola recipe from your book. I actually double the oats to make it even lower calories (balancing the nuts & coconut), and add dried fruit like unsweetened dried cranberries. YUM!

I keep it in a mason jar on my counter with a coffee scoop - I've figured about 1 TBS = 1 smart point, so the 1/4 c. regular serving = 4 smart points.

That's my only disagreement with this post - with cereal, I need more! So, I use this generally to top yogurt, etc. Usually 2 scoops is enough!

I just made this delicious granola this morning! It is ALWAYS my go to option and I love it on my yogurt and usually have a couple of scoops every morning. Thanks for always providing yummy alternatives.

Cooked it with coconut oil and homemade maple syrup. It's yummy. It's a keeper.I'm going to experiment with adding other thing like dried fruit etc.. Thank you Lisa.

I have been doing research on healthy snacks. I really do like granola and oatmeal as a great source of protein and it's easy to make on-the-go. There are many choices out there and it's great to see what else is out there for other food choices. I also love bananas and any type of fruit because you can always take it with you. What other options would you recommend? I personally like almonds and other nuts but you have to be careful about the salt content but it does curb your appetite and will get your through your workout until your next meal.

I read all you have written about your recipes and run off the recipe itself, but if you have suggested adding something else to the finished food that isn't in the printed part, I generally forget to write it on the recipe. Your suggestions always sound great so is there a way you could add them to the recipe itself?

This looks so good. I love oatmeal & with winter coming it will make a good warm breakfast.

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