This healthy instant pot granola is so easy to make and full of crunchy clusters. I prefer it over the store-bought brands since I control the the amount and type of sugar I add to the granola.
My go-to morning breakfast is fruit and plain Greek yogurt. I had been adding bran buds or store-bought granola for added crunch and flavor. The bran buds were just too bland and the store-bought granolas are loaded with sugar. I needed to find something healthier so I now make my own Instant Pot granola that beats any store-bought granola I’ve ever had.
The key to achieving both crunch and clusters in an instant pot or slow cooker is to ensure you cook it long enough, you minimize the amount of stirring (to avoid breaking down the clusters) and you leave the cover off just a smidge to allow the steam to escape. So simple.
This recipe starts with the dry ingredients. I use two different types of cereal in my granola: old-fashioned oats and crisp brown rice cereal tossing them to coat with cinnamon. The crisp brown rice cereal adds crunch to your clusters but has fewer calories than the old-fashioned oats.
Next you add the wet ingredients: honey and egg whites. The honey adds a little bit of natural sweetness, and it caramelizes on the cereal while the granola cooks. The egg whites will help bind the dry ingredients creating the clusters while also giving your granola a little protein boost
Once the dry and wet ingredients have been combined simply place your instant pot (or slow cooker) on the high setting, coat the pot with nonstick spray and set the timer for 3 hours. It’s important to ensure the lid to the cooker is slightly vented. This will allow the steam to escape and promotes crunchy clusters of granola. If you don’t do this, you will end up with mushy cereal.
While the granola is cooking, gently toss it just to ensure it isn’t sticking to the sides. Avoid stirring it because this will simply break down the clusters.
Once the granola has achieved your desired level of crunchiness, add in your favorite additions. I love dried cranberries and nuts (almond slivers, pecans or walnut), but there are so many other options. I include other suggested add-ins for your granola at the end of the recipe. Mix and match with whatever dry ingredients you love the most.
This granola is so easy to make and full of crunchy clusters. I prefer it over the store bought brands since I control the the amount and type of sugar I add to the granola. This recipe uses dried cranberries and sliced almonds, but they can be substituted for any number of add-ins. See the notes for suggestions.
1 ½cupsold fashioned oats
2cupscrisp brown rice cereal(Erewhon or Greenwise)
Lightly coat the inside of a 5 or 6 quart instant pot with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, rice cereal and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites and honey. Pour the honey mixture over the cereal mixture and toss with a spatula until all of the cereal is coated.
Pour the cereal mixture into the instant pot. Place the lid on, but leave a small opening to allow steam to escape. This will promote a crispiness to the granola.
Place your instant pot on slow cooker high setting and let cook for 3 hours (or until crunchy). Gently stir the granola every 45 minutes or so to ensure it is not sticking to the pot. I emphasize “gently” to ensure you don’t break down all of the granola clumps. You are simply ensuring it isn’t sticking to your pot.
Once the granola has reached your desired level of crunchiness, transfer it to a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Allow the granola to fully cool before adding the dried cranberries and almond slices.
Healthy Instant Pot Granola
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Here are a list of other additions that can be substituted for the dried cranberries and almonds: pecans, walnuts, dried pineapple, coconut, chocolate chips, dried mango, raisins. Feel free to mix and match or use whatever dry ingredients you love the most.