Date-Sweetened Granola

I have a weakness for a bowl of fruit with a big scoop of whole milk greek yogurt, honey, and homemade granola (especially this maple pecan granola– it’s my favorite!) Yet, I started to realize that even by switching to using only honey/maple syrup, I’m still consuming a bit too much sugar. I started to sub out the maple syrup for date-sweetened treats. It’s still sweet but I feel better knowing it’s pure mother nature’s sweetener.

This granola is a simple riff on my favorite- coconut oil for the walnut oil and almonds for the pecans. This granola would also be great with some dried fruit chopped up and added at the end or a couple tablespoons of chia or flax seeds sprinkled in with the oats.

Date-Sweetened Granola with Almonds

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 1 hrs Serves 8 servings

A minimal ingredient granola that is date-sweetened instead of using traditional sweeteners. Make a big batch to eat throughout the week!


  • 4 medjool dates roughly 2 ounces
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 300˚ F and line a tray with parchment paper.

  2. Pit dates and combine with water in a small sauce pan. Cook until dates begin to break down and become soft. Once done, place in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.

  3. Whisk together 1/4 cup of date mixture and melted coconut oil. Combine with oats, almonds, salt and cinnamon. Stir until oats are coated.
  4. Pour out onto a covered baking tray and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so until oats are golden.


Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

Tips and Tricks: If you like a little extra sweetness, add dried fruit to your granola after it bakes.

Stock up: Get the pantry ingredients you will need: oats, dates, coconut oil

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Date-sweetened granola


Once you find a granola recipe you like, it’s easy to branch out from the base and add new textures and flavors. You could ideally switch out almost everything and still have a wonderful combination. Try a Ginger-Spelt granola or Pumpkin Spice Quinoa granola!

Nuts: Use your favorite nuts and seeds in the granola. Chia, hemp, pecans, and walnuts are some of my favorite granola additions.

Oats: Check out other flakes. Kamut, spelt, and quinoa are all great replacements or additions for the oats.

Spice: Add a pinch of ginger and cloves to the cinnamon!

Easy Date-Sweetened Granola