This recipe for Gluten-Free Granola is so easy to make. It's packed with nutritious ingredients like gluten-free rolled oats, ground flax seed, almonds, coconut and it has no refined sugar! Just sweetened with pure maple syrup. This gluten-free granola is a perfect healthier and lower sugar granola for your breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.
Granola lovers unite for this one!
Flashback: I'm sitting at my desk at home and just got off the phone with my surgeon.
After finally getting my endoscopy and stomach biopsy results back, the diagnosis of non-celiac gluten sensitivity kicked my butt into really going gluten free.
But when you first go gluten-free, it can be hard to know what to eat.
And then you just end up feeling a bit lost.
You need to know what NOT to eat.
If you're just get started with gluten-free eating, but sure to check out my post: What Not to Eat With Gluten Intolerance (PDF list).
Anyways, once you get say buh-bye to the foods you're not supposed to eat, then you can get on with what you can eat.
And this healthy and homemade granola recipe is a welcome change to plain ol' oatmeal in the morning.
Plus, it'll break any "egg rut" you may find yourself in🚫🍳
📝Ingredients for gluten-free granola
- Gluten-Free oats - make sure they're Certified Gluten-Free. I usually buy these ones from Only Oats
- Ground flax seed
- Slivered almonds
- White sesame seeds
- Shredded and unsweetened coconut
- Pepitas - raw, hulled green pumpkin seeds
- Olive oil
- Maple syrup
- Dried cranberries
🥣How to make gluten-free granola
- Move your top oven rack under the broiler. Pre-heat the broiler.
Now, this granola is NOT clumps of hard, overly-sweet, oat-like particles.
You know how some store-bought granola is so sugary?
This granola is not like that.
It's more like slightly sweetened and lightly toasted oats with some dried fruit and nuts.
So if you're looking for a granola that's healthy and gluten-free, I think you'll love this one.
Don't have everything? No problem-o. Here's some easy ways to change up this recipe:
- Maple Syrup - you can use honey instead of pure maple syrup
- Olive oil - if you ❣️ that coconut taste, swap in coconut oil instead of olive oil
- Almonds - walnuts are also great in granola so swap those if in you have them
- Dried cranberries - instead of these, you could use dried apricots, dried cherries, dried plums or raisins. Any dried fruit will do the trick. Just give it a chop into smaller pieces if the dried fruit you choose is on the larger side
- Feelin' sweet? Add chocolate chips once the granola is made and has had a chance to completely cool down for a sweet treat
For this granola recipe you'll need: a large bowl, a spoon, a small sauce pan and a cookie sheet or baking tray.
A note on the size of baking pan ("cookie sheet") to use:
I've made this many times on both a very large baking sheet (26 x 18 inches) and a standard size baking pan or cookie sheet (11 x 16 inches).
I prefer using the standard size cookie sheet because when you shake the mixture while it's on the broiling step, it keeps the mixture even, helping to prevent uneven toasting of the ingredients.
If you wanted to double the recipe, then I would use the larger baking sheet or do 1 batch at a time on the standard size sheet.
🥡Storage and Freezing
This granola will stay fresh in an air tight container on the counter for about 4 or 5 days.
I like to use a large mason jar to store it.
I've never tried freezing it so not sure how that would go.
❓Is granola healthy?
Like muffins, I feel like granola gets this "healthy halo" but of course, each type of granola varies so much in terms of sugar, fat and sodium content from brand to brand.
Many are super high in sugar, added oils and/or packed with calories that may not be doing you any favours.
For the most part, you're better off to make your own granola.
And with this easy recipe for homemade granola, you'll be amazed how simple it is to make.
✅Is granola gluten free?
For the most part, store bought granola will not be "naturally" gluten-free.
You'll have to read the label to be sure.
Oats don't contain gluten (the protein found in wheat, rye and barely) but many oats cross-mingle with gluten-containing ingredients. Either during growing or production.
To be sure, when you're buying granola, check the label and read the ingredients list.
For this homemade granola, use gluten-free oats.
😄Is granola easy to make?
Totally. We don't got time for complicated.
With a few easy steps, this homemade dairy-free and gluten-free granola recipe will be done and ready to eat.
This easy granola recipe is perfect to make on the weekend for breakfast all week long.
Hope you love this homemade and gluten-free granola as much as we do!
Want more gluten-free snacks? Check these out:
- Banana Date Chia Smoothie
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins with Quinoa Flakes
- Gluten-Free Breakfast Oat Cookies with Date Sugar
- Easy Coconut Energy Bites
- Healthy Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Energy Bars
This recipe was originally posted on January 23rd, 2021. Blog post and recipe was updated and post was re-published on September 3rd, 2022.
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- 2 cups gluten-free oats
- ½ cup ground flax seed
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- ¼ cup white sesame seeds
- ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ¼ cup raw hulled green pumpkin seeds pepitas
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoon maple syrup or liquid honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- Move your top oven rack under the broiler. Pre-heat the broiler.
- Combine gluten-free oats, ground flax seed, slivered almonds, white sesame seeds, shredded coconut and pepitas in a large bowl.
- Spread on a large baking sheet in a single layer.
- Place the oat mixture under the broiler for 2-3 minutes total, shaking the pan every 30 seconds to re-distribute the mixture. Be careful not to burn yourself (or the granola!) Check at least every 30 seconds.
- Once you can start to smell the mixture and you can see the coconut, nuts and/or oats getting brown and toasted, remove from the oven. Turn off the broiler.
- Cool mixture on a plate or another baking sheet.
- While the granola cools, heat the olive oil, maple syrup (or honey) and cinnamon over low heat in a small sauce pan. Whisk together.
- Once cooled completely, place the granola mixture back into a large bowl. Pour the olive oil and maple syrup mixture over the granola and stir to combine. (It'll look like you don't have enough to cover everything - don't worry, you do!)
- Stir in the dried cranberries.
- Eat it up right away or store it in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.