The Best Grain Free Naturally Sweetened Granola Recipe

Yields: About 5 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes


1. Base

  • 2 cups raw, unsalted nuts (a mix of almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews are all delicious)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or chips
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

2. Sweetener and Binder

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey for non-vegan option)
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3. Optional Add-ins (choose some or none)

  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, chopped apricots, raisins)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (add after baking)


1. Prep: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, combine all the base ingredients (nuts, coconut, seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt).

3. Add wet ingredients: In a separate small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.

4. Bake: Spread the granola mixture on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through for even browning. The granola should be golden brown and fragrant.

5. Cool and add-ins: Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheet. Once cooled, add any dried fruit if using. Break the granola into clusters of your desired size.

6. Store: Store your grain-free granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for longer storage.


  • Customizing: Swap the nuts and seeds for your favorites! Hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, and hemp seeds are all delicious.
  • Sweetness: Adjust the amount of maple syrup to your preferred sweetness level.
  • Clumpy granola: For extra clumpy granola, firmly press the mixture into the baking sheet before baking. Let it cool completely before breaking into clusters.
  • Don’t overbake: Keep a close eye on the granola as it bakes. It can go from perfectly toasted to burnt quickly.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with your choice of milk or yogurt.
  • Sprinkle over fresh fruit or smoothie bowls.
  • Enjoy as a snack on its own.


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