This healthy granola tastes just as delicious as the kind made with refined sugar, but it’s even better because it’s oil-free! It’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast, or crunchy snack.
Healthy Granola Ingredients
How do you make healthy granola from scratch?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Rolled oats
- Nuts or seeds (I’m partial to pecans or pepitas)
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Maple syrup
Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats, if you need a gluten-free granola recipe.
Because this granola recipe is so simple to prepare, feel free to change the ingredients you add in, depending on what you have on hand. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Hulled seeds, like sunflower or sesame
- Dried fruit, like raisins or cranberries (add in after baking)
- Mini chocolate chips (add in after baking)
- Other nuts or seeds (chia seeds, flax seeds, pepitas, etc.)
This healthy granola is perfect for busy mornings when you need something that’s quick to prepare, and because it’s shelf-stable, you can also keep a bag of it stashed in your purse or car for an easy snack on the go.
As written, this recipe makes about 3 cups of granola, which is about 6 servings. This amount is great for one or two people, but if you have a larger family of granola-eaters, feel free to double or triple the recipe!
It should keep well for up to a week stored at room temperature, or up to a month or more when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Healthy Granola (Oil-free!)
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- Transfer the mixture to the lined baking sheet and spread it out for even baking. Bake at 350ºF until lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Stir the granola, so it will crisp evenly, then return to the oven for 5 to 8 more minutes, until it's slightly more golden. Don't bake more than 30 minutes, or it may start to burn.
- Allow the granola to cool on the pan completely before removing it. If you'd like to add any dried fruit, now is the time to stir it in. Use your hands to break the granola into smaller pieces and store it in an airtight container until ready to eat.
- Granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or in the fridge for up to a month. Serve with your favorite milk or yogurt, or on its own for a crunchy snack.
Per serving: Calories: 178, Carbohydrates: 23, Protein: 3, Fat: 8
- For a totally grain-free granola, try my Pumpkin Seed Granola recipe.
As always, if you make any modifications to this recipe, please leave a comment below letting us know how it worked for you. We can all benefit from your experience!
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