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Almond Butter Granola

Almond Butter Granola - There is nothing better than homemade granola! It's quick/easy to make, it's cheaper and it's so much tastier! You can't beat that!

There is nothing better than homemade granola! It’s quick/easy to make, it’s cheaper and it’s so much tastier! You can’t beat that!

Almond Butter Granola - There is nothing better than homemade granola! It's quick/easy to make, it's cheaper and it's so much tastier! You can't beat that!

So I’ve been kind of hoarding all of the Trader Joe’s almond butter granola lately. I’ll buy 5 bags at a time, and then eat a bag a day. It’s not cute.

Now if you haven’t had a chance to try it, their granola is seriously to die for, with so many clusters of granola! I’m a big cluster fan, and Ben is under strict orders to save all of the clusters for me.

That’s true love right there.

No, but really, in an attempt to save some of my Trader Joe’s granola allowance, I have been testing and retesting this recipe for the last month.

Almond Butter Granola - There is nothing better than homemade granola! It's quick/easy to make, it's cheaper and it's so much tastier! You can't beat that!

And after 17 failed attempts, here it is.

A perfected copycat recipe made even better – made with less sugar, more almonds, and best of all, more clusters!

The key is to let this cool completely (about 45 minutes) without any kind of touching, stirring, or snacking.

I won’t lie. It will be very difficult to do so as the smells of the granola permeate the entire house. But try to leave home so you won’t be tempted in any way. It’s worth the wait – PROMISE!

Almond Butter Granola - There is nothing better than homemade granola! It's quick/easy to make, it's cheaper and it's so much tastier! You can't beat that!

Almond Butter Granola

There is nothing better than homemade granola! It’s quick/easy to make, it’s cheaper and it’s so much tastier! You can’t beat that!

1 hour40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine almond butter, honey and butter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over the oats mixture and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  4. Spread mixture in an even layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 35 minutes until golden brown, stirring the mixture halfway through baking.
  5. Let cool completely without stirring, about 45 minutes, before serving or storing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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26 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Its damn delicious!! Made it with almond and peanut butter and it lasted a whole 3 days….because we couldn’t stop eating it! Will make again

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I started searching for a recipe to replace my beloved granola from Trader Joes when news reports came out about the weed killer Glyphosate being found in oats!!!! I wanted to be able to use organic oats. I tried several but this is the best! Delicious! I’m feeling a little guilty about the butter and I’m going to try replacing half of it with olive oil. I have a feeling I may loose the clumps based on others experiences. Thanks for the best recipe!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yes, Trader Joe’s almond butter granola is the gateway drug, & this handcrafted version is even better! I am still tinkering with substitutions (we’re not eating butter – egads – so I tried it with ‘earth balance’ — good! and also made it a second time with canola oil: a bit meh…) – plus substituted maple syrup instead of honey to make it full-on vegan… super tasty, but in all iterations, I lost the clumps somehow. I will keep trying. Anyway, great base recipe: thanks a million 🙂

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yes!  I, too, go crazy for the Trader Joe’s almond butter granola. I just randomly searched to see if there was a recipe to make at home. You’ve hit it out of the park!  I was finding that more than half the TJ’s bag was finely crumbled and I like the chunks, too. This is tastier, seems fresher and less processed than theirs. Thank you for taking the time to perfect your recipe. I will be making this from now on. And, yes, let it sit the full 45 minutes for nice clumps ;). Also, I’m not a fan of coconut either but you can’t even detect it is there

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious as usual!  I am not a fan of coconut (taste or texture) so I subbed 1/3 cup slivered almonds and 1 tablespoon of flax seeds.  Turned out great!  Good clusters and flavor!  

  6. Hi ! I made this granola and I was a bit disappointed … I like when it’s neutral and crispy and the oats were not sticking together enough… Maybe I failed the recipe.. But I tried and it’s not my favorite recipe.. Let’s see another ! Anyway, I enjoy your site.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is perfection! I’m always looking for a new granola recipe, and this will be a new favorite! So perfectly crunchy and delicious! My husband and I love it. Thanks so much! 

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    very healthy and nutritious

  9. It looks amazing. I’m trying to eat healthy these days, these long long days 🙂 Do you have the nutritional values on this?

    • Thanks, Diane! Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information. Hope that helps!

  10. In your 17 attempts, did you try Almond Extract in place of Vanilla?? (for a more almond-y flavor)

  11. Do you think I can swap the honey for maple syrup to make it vegan?

  12. What is and where to buy Almond Butter? 

  13. 17 failed attempts!? Wow well done on your perseverance haha!! It looks great! Would love to have a big jar of that just sitting in my cupboard (:

  14. Can any other butters/nut be used in this recipe?