Instant Pot Granola

You are going to love this recipe for Instant Pot Granola. It is so easy to make and tastes way better than the store bought version!

Learn how to make your own homemade granola in the instant pot with this easy recipe. The best part is you can customize the instant pot granola with your favorite nuts and dried fruit. You could even throw in a little bit of chocolate if you are a rebel. 😉

An open jar of instant pot granola next to a pile of dried cranberries and a stack of white bowls.
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Why homemade granola?

I love a good granola. I have been making my own on and off ever since my husband and I did the 100 days of real food challenge back in 2014. You see, our kitchen (suddenly) got torn out and left for dead for several months.

A jar full of homemade granola in front of an instant pot, stack of white bowls, and dish towel.

We found ourselves eating fast food daily because we only had our kitchen table, grill, and bathroom sink to prepare meals (Sometimes we had our stove, but the whole rest of the kitchen was blocked off and a dusty mess). We also had two kids under two. It was rough, so we gave in and ate out for most meals. 

After we finally got out kitchen back we were both feeling yucky from all of the processed food and decided to try the 100 days of real food challenge. One of the things Lisa Leake (the founder) swore by was her own homemade granola. Naturally, I had to try it and got completely hooked. 

How to make instant pot granola

Today, I’m going to share a trick for making granola in your Instant Pot. Since most of us are in love with our Instant Pots and want to use them as much as possible, I am on a mission to come up with new and interesting ways to use your Instant Pot. 

The front of an Instant Pot with the timer set to 2 hours 30 minutes.

This recipe uses the Slow Cooker function on the Instant Pot. The slow cooker option is one that is often overlooked in favor of the pressure cooker option. I love a good pressure cooking recipe, but sometimes slow is better. (Just like this beef stew recipe)

An Instant Pot with granola inside and a glass lid partially covering the top.

This recipe for instant pot granola is definately one of those times. The trick to making this granola recipe super crunchy and delicious is to cover the pot, but not all the way. I used one of my glass lids from my pots and pan set and covered 3/4 of the pot. 

Granola in the instant pot getting stirred with a red rubber spatula.

This left just enough air flow to let the homemade granola crisp up while it slow cooked in the Instant Pot. Mixing it every 30 minutes or so also helps it cook evenly. Once it’s done cooking, spread it out onto a cookie sheet for faster cooling.

A cookie sheet full of instant pot granola.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Granola 

(printable recipe is below)

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
A jar full of instant pot granola with some spilling out onto the counter.

Tips for making great granola in the Instant Pot

As mentioned about, the trick to a crispy homemade granola is to keep the lid partially open. That means you don’t want to use the regular Instant Pot lid. If you don’t have a lid that will work, just partially cover the top of the instant pot with foil.

If you want to customize this instant pot granola recipe, you can switch out the almonds for your favorite nut, or a combination of more than one nut. Raw nuts are fine as they will toast in the Instant Pot. You can also customize the dried fruit, just wait to mix it in at the end. 

Want a sweeter granola? This granola does have a good amount of honey and brown sugar in it, but you could add mini chocolate chips after the instant pot granola cools for an extra treat. 

A close up of instant pot granola made with rolled oats, almonds, and dried cranberries

How to serve Instant Pot granola

Granola is very versatile. You can eat it as cereal with milk or serve it over yogurt (check out this recipe for Instant Pot yogurt). Granola also makes a great snack. Just throw it in some baggies and bring it with you like you would trail mix. 

Instant pot granola is a super customizable recipe that can be changed to match your favorite flavors. 

A close up of instant pot granola made with rolled oats, almonds, and dried cranberries
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Instant Pot Granola

You are going to love this recipe for Instant Pot Granola. It is so easy to make and tastes way better than the store bought version!
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot granola
Servings 8
Calories 495 kcal
Author Aileen

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup roasted almonds roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of the Instant Pot with cooking spray.
  2. Pour in the rolled oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  5. Cover partially with a glass lid, leaving about 3 inches of open air. 
  6. Press the Slow Cook button and adjust the time to 2.5 hours.
  7. Let cook, stirring every 30 minutes. 
  8. Mix in the dried cranberries.
  9. Remove granola from the Instant Pot® and spread onto a cookie sheet. Let cool. 
  10. Pour cooled granola into an air-tight container. Store at room temperature for 5-7 days.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Granola
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Sodium 224mg10%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.