Healthy Granola Recipe (Nut-free & Oil-free!)

This healthy granola is just about as easy as it gets, made without oil or nuts. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and I’m amazed by how crunchy it gets!

healthy gluten-free granola recipe (no oil or nuts)

Now that my son has started preschool, everything he takes to school has to be nut-free. As a result, I’ve been trying to make more recipes that don’t rely on nuts. This granola uses crunchy add-ins like hulled pumpkin seeds and unsweetened coconut, instead, and they get even crunchier when baked.

You can get creative with the spices, using go-to options like ground cinnamon and ginger, or you can take a shortcut and buy prepared “pumpkin pie” spice from the grocery store. That’s usually my choice when I have it on hand!

how to make homemade granola

And because this granola is so simple to prepare, you can also 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)
  • Nuts, like pecans or walnuts (not nut-free anymore if you add these)

When you use certified gluten-free oats, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, too. It’s 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.

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5 from 9 votes
gluten free granola on pan
Healthy Granola Recipe (Nut-free & Oil-free)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

STARCH |  Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free, Vegan

This healthy granola is gluten-free and easy to prepare, without oil or nuts. It's naturally sweetened with maple syrup and makes a great snack or quick breakfast. 

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Granola Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 178 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or spices of choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. 

  3. Transfer the mixture to the lined baking sheet and spread it out for even baking. Bake at 350ºF until lightly golden, about 20 minutes.

  4. Allow the granola to cool on the pan completely before removing it. Use your hands to break the granola into smaller pieces and store it in an airtight container until ready to eat. Serve with your favorite milk or yogurt, or on its own. 

  5. 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. 

Per serving: Calories: 178, Carbohydrates: 23, Protein: 3, Fat: 8

Recipe Notes:

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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Comments

Jessica Maria Britt

Yes! Finally a simple granola recipe that’s inexpensive to make! This is what I’ve been wanting. I love how flexible it can be too with the other options you mentioned that can be included like raisins, other seeds, nuts, other spices, etc. Thanks for this! I’m making it now. 🙂

Sylvia

Love the simplicity! Do you think I could substitute date paste for the maple syrup?

    Megan Gilmore

    Maybe? I’ve never tried it, so I’d only worry that the date paste might make it less crunchy, but it’s worth a shot! Please report back if you try it!!

Patti Gardner

I am new to your site and am just in the process of learning about food combining. It would appear that by using oats and seeds this recipe fudges proper combining a bit, right? if one eats mostly properly combined meals, a little slip now and then is okay, right?

Thanks,
Patti

Melanie

Best granola I have ever eaten! I substituted honey for maple syrup and tripled the recipe and it made for a softer finish (more crumbly), but still delicious! Thank you!

Carol

Could I substitute the pumpkin seeds with almonds or pecans?

Olivia

Hi looks Delicious!
What is one serving? (In grams?)
Love xxxx

Alison

Just made this. I used sunflower instead of pumpkin seeds and apple pie spice- since these were my “on hand” ingredients. So Yum. I am a swlf proclaimed coconut hater but i used it and it’s great.

vanessa stuardo

I made this healthy granola for breakfast and my whole family loved it! they even though was too sweet so I will maybe add less maple syrup ;). this is going to be our traditional family granola recipe. We will maybe add more nuts and raisins to experiment with flavor, but the pumpkin spice was fantastic. Please check on my facebook #detoxinistchallenge

Ana

My family LOVES thsi granola. I make it every week, if not sooner! Love the simple ingredients and that I can send it to school (schools are nut-free). Thank you!

Penny

My whole family loves this granola (especially my 8 year old, who asks for it regularly when we run out). Thank you!

Lisa

Thanks Megan for sharing all of these wonderful recipes!!!

Charlotte

How much is in a serving? Sorry to ask, love this granola, and am going to start having it on hand and I figured I’d better know what a serving looks like. Like as in 1/2 cups or tablespoons or whatever. Thank you so much, this is the best granola recipe in my opinion.

Kathryn

The easiest, most delicious granola! I’ve been quadrupling the recipe and sharing with family and friends. Can’t make enough!
Thank you for your amazing recipes.

Jackie

I added some vanilla and brown sugar to the maple syrup mix and it turned out great. I also used sunflower seeds to go with the pepitas instead of coconut.

Lorena

Can I use quick oats instead?

Chris

Great

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