Easy Stovetop Granola in 5-Minutes

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Homemade stovetop granola in five minutes!?  Yes, really! This easy granola recipe requires no oven!  Just a handful of ingredients and your pan.  If you can stir, you can do this.  Promise.

stovetop granola

My oven has been acting funky this week, so now you have this easy stovetop granola recipe that requires just one pan and six main ingredients.  That is it!  It couldn’t be easier!  It is perfect if you are without an oven (raising my hand here) or are just too lazy to use one!  Everything for this recipe is made in the pan so you won’t need to dirty a bowl for mixing and a sheet pan for baking.

stovetop granola

Let’s Make Stovetop Granola!

This stovetop granola recipe is super fast.  You simply heat up the butter and maple syrup in your pan, stir in the oats and nuts or seeds and cook for a couple minutes.  Then allow it to cool in the pan and mix in your dried fruit.  If you want to flavor it with cinnamon or vanilla you can stir that in at the end as well.  It is a pretty forgiving recipe and incredibly adaptable to your liking. You can use whatever nuts or seeds you have on hand.  Here I used almonds but you could certainly use pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, pecans, etc.  You can also use whatever dried fruit you love.  I love a mixture of tart cherries and cranberries for this stovetop granola.  Chopped dried apricots are lovely in it too.

stovetop granola

I love to serve this easy granola recipe to my kids plain as a snack or with milk or yogurt topped with fresh berries.  It is perfect for a quick, easy and healthy breakfast.  This stovetop granola also travels well and I keep some in my purse or diaper bag for snack attacks.  I prefer it over trail mix because the oats provide whole grains and seem to be more filling for me.  Plus, I love the salty, sweet combo and chewy texture.  It is so addictive.

This stovetop granola is great for using up pantry ingredients like nuts, seed and dried fruit.  You could even throw in coconut flakes, chocolate chips, hemp seeds, chia seeds or flaxseed.

This stovetop granola recipe is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and peanut-free.  I also provide a nut-free option.  If you give this a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see your creations.

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5-Minute Stovetop Granola

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free stovetop granola is ready in just five minutes. Just stir occasionally to toast everything on your stovetop. Allow to completely cool and clump together before enjoying. This easy recipe is flexible, so feel free to have fun and add your own special twist! You could add things like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chia seeds, flaxseed, your favorite dried fruit or any nuts or seeds you need to use up in your pantry.


  • 1/31/2 cup maple syrup*
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 cups oats (I prefer gluten-free quick cooking oats for better clusters)
  • 1 cup nuts or seeds (I used 1/2 cup sliced almonds + 1/2 cup raw slivered almonds)**
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (I use 1/3 cup dried cherries + 1/3 cup dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Heat a large pan (I use this white ceramic non-toxic, non-stick one) on the stove over medium heat. Add vegan butter and maple syrup and cook until slightly bubbly. This takes about 1 minute or less.
  2. Add the oats, nuts/seeds, salt and cinnamon (if using) and stir to fully coat with the melted butter and maple syrup.
  3. Continue cooking for about 3-4 minutes until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts turn golden brown and smell fragrant. I usually turn the burner to low heat toward the end of the cooking process.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the dried fruit and vanilla (if using). Let the granola cool completely before enjoying or storing. I like to push the granola into a pile in the center of the pan so that it dries in clumps for granola clusters. Once the granola is completely cooled it will become crunchy. The longer you can let it cool (without touching it) the better results.
  5. Serve with cold plant milk or plant yogurt along with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.


* The more maple syrup you use the clumpier it will be. So, if you really want the big clusters of granola then go for 1/2 cup maple syrup. It will obviously be sweeter so if doing this I recommend pairing with unsweetened yogurt or unsweetened milk.

** If using large nuts such as pecans or walnuts, chop them roughly with a knife.

  • Category: Breakfast

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  1. Bella

    This is my go-to granola recipe. I love that it’s so easy and healthy! I’m making it for my mom for mother’s day right now.

  2. Dee

    Hi! Im really looking for an unsweetened version. I dont mind if its loose, I just want it crunchy. Will it work without the maple or any syrup? I plan to add stevia in my bowl when I eat it. Or can I cook it with stevia? Haha Appreciate your input on this:)

    • Elaine Gordon

      I’m not sure honestly. I have never tried making granola without maple syrup. My guess is it would be drier and loose. I also am not familiar with cooking with Stevia. I’m sorry I cannot be more helpful here.


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