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Easy Sweet and Salty Granola Recipe


G’day everyone- It’s Arman back again and ready to share my snack of choice lately!

When it comes to flavor and taste combinations, sweet and salty ALWAYS wins in my book.

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Granola - the perfect hiking snack for your kids! www.superhealthykids.com

There is something extra delicious about having a little sweetness and saltiness in a recipe which takes it to the next level. Not only that, adding a pinch of sea salt to many (sweeter) foods, really does enhance the natural sweetness.

Case in point? Every morning, whenever I make my standard bowl of oatmeal (currently crushing on this healthy vanilla cake batter version), I always add a pinch of sea salt during the cooking process AND once it’s finished. It really adds the extra oomph and sweetness, without the need to overdoing it on the natural stuff, like honey, maple syrup or agave.

This isn’t just reserved for breakfast- I love my snacks to have the winning combination too and lately, I’ve been loving changing up my granola to incorporate that! I use my base recipe (oats, nut butter, maple syrup) and add some sweet and salty mix-ins!

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Granola - the perfect hiking snack for your kids! www.superhealthykids.com

The beauty of this granola is that it is SO customizable- I simply mix through what I have on hand or what I’m in the mood for! Here are some fun ideas-

Salty mix-ins-

  • Pretzels
  • Lightly salted peanuts/cashews/almonds
  • Dry roasted edamame beans

Sweet mix-ins-

  • Dairy free chocolate chips
  • Dried fruit
  • Unsweetened banana chips

This healthy sweet and salty granola has more of a trail mix kind of feel. I included slightly salted natural peanuts, unsweetened banana chips (my downfall!) and some dairy free chocolate chips. In less than 25 minutes, my apartment smelled AMAZING! Plus my taste buds were in a frenzy over all the sweet and salty goodness!

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Granola - the perfect hiking snack for your kids! www.superhealthykids.com

Hint- For those who don’t want to use honey.. (especially if you are a strict vegan), it definitely works with brown rice syrup and maple syrup too!

Arman is always snacking and thus, needs to make smarter choices. Luckily, he refuses to believe sweet recipes need to be sinful and shares healthy recipes WITHOUT sacrificing taste on his blog!

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Easy Sweet and Salty Granola Recipe

When it comes to flavor and taste combinations, this sweet and salty granola is a winner!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts of choice
  • 1/2 cup nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • dairy free chocolate chips, separated
  • 1/2 cup salty mix-ins of choice
  • 1/2 cup sweet mix-ins of choice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a large baking tray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your oats. Add your nut butter and honey (preferably melted) and mix until fully incorporated. Spread evenly on the greased baking tray and bake for 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  • Remove from oven and stir once more- Add half the dairy free chocolate chips and mix and set aside. Once cool, break up granola pieces and stir through the rest of the chocolate chips, sweet and salty mix-ins of choice.
  • Keep granola in a sealed container.
Keyword : easy, Granola, Oats, sweet and salty, vegetarian


Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Thanks for sharing, it looks devine. How long will it keep for? I reckon these will make great gifts.