How to make Healthy Homemade Granola (Sugar free)

Homemade Oats cerealGranola had been on my list to make for ever. I don’t know why it took so long for me to try it. Especially since I have made Homemade cereal bars before which has been a big hit in my house.  Granola is actually much easier to make since you don’t need to chop the nuts and you don’t need to follow an exact recipe since binding is not important here.

I thought of finally making granola this past weekend since I had just toasted pumpkin seeds and wanted to use them in a granola.  Not that they needed to be ‘used’ – they were going pretty fast so I had to save some actually 🙂 So I looked at a few recipes and then just decided to throw some things that I had in my pantry together.  And of course it had to be sugar free.  So I used a combination of maple syrup and honey for sweetness. Almonds, pumpkin seeds and raisins went in to give company to the oats and all of them toasted well to form this healthy and tasty granola.!  Trust me, so much tastier than any store bought granola! I have been eating it this entire week for afternoon snack along with some goat kefir that I recently bought from Whole Foods.  So Yum!

Linking this healthy and tasty granola recipe to Throwback Thursday this week.

Healthy Homemade Granola (Sugar free)

  • Servings: 8-10 servings
  • Time: 15 minutes preparation time and 25 minutes baking time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 Cups old fashioned oats or rolled oats (NOT quick cooking oats)
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all spice or pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I used a combination of honey and maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 rd cup dried fruit like raisins or cranberries or apricots(chopped)


Pre-heat oven to 350 deg F (or 180 deg C).

Line  a large baking tray (18 inches by 12 inches) with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, all spice and salt.  Toss them well together to mix.

In a small bowl, mix the oil, maple syrup, honey (if adding) and vanilla extract together. Mix well to blend together and pour this mixture onto the bowl with the oats mixture.  Using a large wooden spoon, mix everything well together taking care not to crush the oats too much.  Mix till all of the oats is coated with the oil mixture.

Now dump all of this mixture onto the tray and spread well to keep the oats separate. Some clumps are ok.

Place tray in the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes or until you get a delicious aroma and the oats and the almonds are well toasted.  Take care not to over roast them.

Take tray out of the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before transferring onto an air-tight container.  Enjoy granola plain or with some yoghurt.

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4 thoughts on “How to make Healthy Homemade Granola (Sugar free)

  1. My friend is having an awful RA flare right now. She can barely get out of bed. We both have our medical marijuana cards and I am wanting to make this recipe with infused coconut oil. Have you ever tried anything like that? Also, any other fruits or seeds that would be best to help her reduce the inflammation in her joints, or should I just use these seeds and fruits?

    • Hello Melissa,
      If your friend is having a flare, I will not recommend this recipe as it has lot of sugar in it even though it is natural unrefined sugar – but maple syrup and dried fruits = lot of sugar. I personally cannot tolerate even dried fruit. Hence I won’t recommend this for your friend. Check out my other recipes under ‘ AIP’ recipes since that is what i will recommend for folks with autoimmune disease. Ask your friend to try the AIP diet. That is what has helped me. I had posted this recipe before I had started with AIP and I make this recipe even now for my children. It is a good healthy recipe for most people but not for those with autoimmune disease since both oats and the sugars in this recipe can make inflammation worse.

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