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Are you in search of a gluten-free breakfast option that is not only nutritious and delicious, but also fuels your day with energy? This Gluten-Free Homemade Granola recipe will nourish your body and soul. By handpicking quality ingredients, you can avoid added preservatives and excess sugars. In addition, crafting your own, gluten-free granola is a healthier alternative to store-bought options.

A white bowl of yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh berries with a glass jar of granola in the background.
Serve the granola over yogurt with fresh berries.

Why Make Gluten-Free Homemade Granola

  • Control Over Ingredients: Crafting your own granola gives you control over the quality and quantity of ingredients used, ensuring a healthier breakfast or snack option.
  • Avoid Artificial Additives: By preparing homemade granola, you can steer clear of artificial additives, preservatives and excessive sugars commonly found in store-bought varieties.
  • Customization: Homemade granola allows for endless customization, letting you tailor the recipe to suit your taste preferences and dietary restrictions.
  • Nutritional Benefits: By handpicking wholesome ingredients like organic, gluten-free oats, nuts and seeds, you enhance the nutritional value of your breakfast, providing essential nutrients and energy to start your day right.
  • Satisfaction of Creation: There’s a sense of satisfaction and pride in creating something from scratch, knowing exactly what goes into your breakfast bowl, and enjoying the process of homemade goodness.

Ingredients to Make Homemade Granola

This homemade granola recipe is filled with wholesome ingredients, including organic, gluten-free, sprouted rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and a touch of maple sweetness. Feel free to customize the ingredients to your liking, ensuring use the same ratios.

  • Gluten-Free, Sprouted Rolled Oats: Easily replace with rolled oats if you are not concerned with a gluten-free option.
  • Almonds: Substitute with other nuts such as pecans, cashews or hazelnuts.
  • Walnuts: Replace with chopped macadamia nuts or peanuts.
  • Sunflower Seeds: Swap with additional pumpkin seeds or flaxseeds for added texture.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Alternatively, use sesame seeds or hemp seeds for a nutritional boost.
  • Dried Cherries: Substitute with raisins, dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots for sweetness.
  • Coconut Flakes: Replace with shredded coconut, or omit entirely if desired.
  • Pistachios: Substitute with chopped cashews, more almonds or hazelnuts.
  • Chia Seeds: Swap with flaxseeds or hemp hearts for a similar nutritional profile.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Can be replaced with ground cardamom or ginger for a different flavor profile.
  • Ground Nutmeg: Alternatively, use ground cloves or allspice for a warm, spicy flavor.
  • Himalayan Pink Salt: Use any type of salt according to preference, such as sea salt.
  • Maple Syrup: Substitute with honey, agave syrup or brown rice syrup for sweetness.
  • Coconut Oil: Can be replaced with melted butter, vegetable oil or olive oil for a different taste.
  • Cashew or Almond Butter: Swap with peanut butter or sunflower seed butter for a nutty flavor.
  • Pure Vanilla: Since I used a vanilla-infused maple syrup, I did not add vanilla. If using pure maple syrup not infused with vanilla, feel free to add a teaspoon or two of pure vanilla.

Additional Ingredients to Add to Granola:

  • Dark Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
  • Dried Blueberries or Goji Berries
  • Quinoa Flakes
  • Sliced Bananas or Apple Chips
  • Protein Powder
  • Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract
  • Crystallized Ginger
  • Coconut Sugar or Brown Sugar
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

How to Make Gluten-Free Homemade Granola

Creating this homemade granola is a breeze, requiring simple mixing and baking steps for a delightful breakfast treat, or healthy snack:

  1. Preparation: Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C), and gather/measure out all the ingredients.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut flakes and spices.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Pour in the maple syrup, melted coconut oil and nut butter, stirring until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Spread Mixture: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola mixture evenly.
  5. First Bake: Bake at 300°F (150°C) for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir and Pack: Remove from the oven, stir the granola and pack it down if you prefer larger clusters.
  7. Second Bake: Increase the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Cool and Break: Allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet. It will harden as it cools. Break it into desired clusters.

Helpful Tips

  • Feel free to substitute any of the ingredients with your favorites, ensuring you maintain the same ratios.
  • For ease of pouring, melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • If the mixture feels too dry after adding in the wet ingredients, add a touch more melted coconut oil or maple syrup.
  • Use a high quality, real maple syrup. 
  • Easily substitute the maple syrup with honey or agave syrup.
  • Keep an eye on the granola as it is baking. You do not want the granola to brown too much, or burn.
  • For best results, use a sheet pan.
  • For larger clusters, once you toss the granola after the first bake, pack down tightly for the final bake.
  • Allow to cool completely before breaking into clusters. Breaking the granola, prior to cooling, will produce a more loose granola. 
  • Store in an air-tight container, in a dark place and the granola should last for up to a month.

How to Serve and Store Gluten-Free Homemade Granola

Once your homemade gluten-free granola is freshly baked and cooled, the serving possibilities are endless:

  • Sprinkle generously over Greek yogurt or creamy oatmeal for added texture and flavor.
  • Create a parfait by layering granola with fresh berries and a dollop of honey-infused yogurt.
  • Pack granola clusters into small bags or containers for a convenient on-the-go snack.
  • Sprinkle this gluten-free granola on top of these Grilled Peaches with Apricot Jam.
  • Use as a topping for smoothie bowls, fruit salads or ice cream to add crunch and nutrition.
  • Incorporate into homemade granola bars or energy bites for a satisfying and wholesome snack option.
  • Serve as a crunchy topping for baked goods such as muffins, pancakes or waffles.
  • Enjoy a handful of granola on its own as a nutritious and flavorful midday pick-me-up.

To preserve the freshness and crunchiness of your granola, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Avoid moisture by keeping it away from direct sunlight and heat sources. When stored properly, your homemade granola can last up to a month.

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A glass jar filled with homemade, crunchy maple nut granola.

Gluten-Free Homemade Granola


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Are you in search of a gluten-free breakfast option that is not only nutritious and delicious, but also fuels your day with energy? This Gluten-Free Homemade Granola recipe will nourish your body and soul.


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced or whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (I used a vanilla-infused maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 1/3 cup cashew or almond butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free, rolled oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, coconut flakes, pistachios, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well.
  3. Pour in the maple syrup, melted coconut oil and cashew or almond butter. Stir until all dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the granola mixture in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 350°F (180°C).
  7. Stir the granola mixture, pressing and packing it down to create clusters, if desired.
  8. Return the granola to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Once baked, allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet (about 45 minutes). The granola will harden as it cools.
  10. Break the granola into desired clusters and transfer to an airtight container for storage.
  11. ENJOY!

Notes

  • Feel free to substitute any of the ingredients with your favorites, ensuring you maintain the same ratios.
  • For ease of pouring, melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • If adding raisins, don’t add until you toss after the first bake to ensure they do not burn. 
  • Feel free to add a touch of pure vanilla extract. 
  • If the mixture feels too dry after adding in the wet ingredients, add a touch more melted coconut oil or maple syrup.
  • Use a high quality, real maple syrup. 
  • Easily substitute the maple syrup with honey or agave syrup.
  • Keep an eye on the granola as it is baking. You do not want the granola to brown too much, or burn.
  • For best results, use a sheet pan.
  • For larger clusters, once you toss the granola after the first bake, pack down tightly for the final bake.
  • Allow to cool completely before breaking into clusters. Breaking the granola prior to cooling, will produce a more loose granola. 
  • Store in an air-tight container, in a dark place and the granola should last for up to a month.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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