This simple and easy granola recipe is nut free, but loaded with nutritious flavor thanks to the sweet honey, chewy dried fruit, and buttery coconut. Best of all, the crunchy, chunky granola is ready for the oven in about 10 minutes!
In a small saucepan, whisk together salt, brown sugar, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Once the honey mixture boils, remove from heat.
Pour honey mixture over the oats and stir until the oats are completely coated. Add cranberries and coconut and stir to combine.
Spread oat mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet. I like to use a wooden spoon to gently press together clumps of the oats to get those great crunchy clusters at the end!
Remove from the oven, press oats gently again with a wooden spoon to form those clusters, and allow to cool completely before storing granola in an air-tight container. The granola will continue to get crispier and crunchier as it cools.
NOTE: If you are dealing with nut allergies, make sure that all of your ingredients are not processed in factories that also process tree nuts or peanuts. While there are no nuts in this recipe, some ingredients can be cross-contaminated if they are processed alongside nuts. This can cause problems for folks with very sensitive nut allergies.