When it comes to breakfast and snack time, this gluten free granola without oats recipe is a delicious no-guilt granola that is made for snacking! This granola is loaded with healthy ingredients and no refined sugars!

The top of a jar full of granola.

What sets this homemade granola apart is that it can be adjusted to match your tastes. Customize this recipe any way you think you will like it! 

This delicious granola is also perfect for gift-giving! It is also cheaper to make your own granola than the traditional granola that you buy in the store.

You will love that this easy granola recipe tastes so much better than store-bought, and you don’t have to guess what kind of processed ingredients are in it. It has a nutty flavor that everyone in the family will love. I use simple ingredients and the right sweetness to make this granola with the best flavor!

As soon as you taste this granola, it will become a staple in your household! It is loaded with delicious nutrients, and you don’t have to worry about what is in it. If you eat a paleo diet, you will love all the paleo recipes on the blog.

Why this granola is great:

  • You can customize this recipe to add your favorite mix-ins and healthy ingredients. It is also easy to flavor in many ways, like cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and vanilla. You also control the sweetness, so use less sugar or add sea salt!
  • You can grab a handful and eat it plain, which is Mr. Fearless Dining’s favorite way to eat it! You can also use it to top your yogurt or use it as a topping for muffins or other baked goods.
  • My kids also enjoy it on top of a big scoop of ice cream! The crunchiness it gives can take a regular recipe and turn it into a show-stopper!
  • The best thing is that this granola is easy to make in bulk and store so you always have it on hand.

This is delicious, even before putting it in the oven!! I added 1tsp of cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt to the dry mixture, as well as 3 tablespoons of rolled oats. I used a bit more maple syrup than called for (I have a sweet tooth!) and added a tsp of vanilla to the coconut oil/maple syrup mixture. It made the whole house smell amazing as it cooked and tastes so so yummy!”

Carla, Pinterest User

If you don’t need grain-free, this homemade gluten free Cinnamon Granola is also amazing!

A tray of baked granola.

Many often wonder if granola can be made paleo. Granola is only considered paleo if made without oats or grains and has no refined sugars. Grain-free granola is not paleo unless it is sweetened with a natural, unrefined sweetener.

Granola Sweeteners:

  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Honey
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Dates

Serve this granola if you have a brunch or family breakfast; everyone will be impressed! This recipe will also be perfect for a yogurt bar. Here is a great way to enjoy it a yogurt breakfast bowl.

Seed Mix-In Ideas:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds

Nuts Mix-In Ideas:

  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Hazel Nuts
  • Pecans

More Mix-Ins:

  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut flakes

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Granola steps 1 and 2 pictures.

Step 1: Making homemade paleo granola is really easy! In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients into a bowl. This includes all the nuts, seeds, and other mix-ins you choose. Mix it with a wooden spoon really well. In a small bowl, melt your coconut oil and add maple syrup.

Step 2: Pour the coconut oil and maple syrup blend into the granola mix and mix well. Pour onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in an even layer. Add a pinch of salt if you want.

Step 3: Bake at 325º F for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir gently so you don’t break up clumps. Put back in the oven to continue baking for another 5-8 minutes.

🔑 Sandi says: Do not stir when you remove the granola this time. Allow it to cool so that it forms clumps.

Ways To Use Granola:

  • In smoothies and smoothie bowls.
  • Serve it on top of your favorite yogurt.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over granola for clumps to put in a mason jar for gift-giving.
  • Sprinkle it over ice cream.
  • Granola clusters make a great breakfast cereal with milk.
a jar full of granola

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:

How long do you bake the granola?

I like to bake my granola for 15 minutes, then remove it and stir the granola. I bake for an additional 5-8 minutes.

How long can you store granola?

If you store granola in an airtight container, it will keep fresh for about a month. You can use glass jars, freezer bags, or plastic containers with a well-fitted lid. Store it in a cool, dry room or your freezer for the best results.

Is granola good as a snack?

Yes and no. Eating granola loaded with candy, marshmallows, and other sweet food is more like a dessert. But if your granola is made of protein-rich seeds, nuts, and natural sweeteners, it can be a perfectly healthy snack.

Recipes to pair with granola:

Homemade paleo granola

Sandi Gaertner
Easy grain-free granola recipe that the whole family will love. This homemade granola is also paleo because it uses unrefined sweetener.
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4.64 from 22 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes, Gluten Free Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 143 kcal

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Equipment

  • Cookie sheet

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • cup hemp seeds
  • cup almond slices
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons whole flax seeds
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup shredded coconut unsweetened
  • cup maple syrup add more if you like sweeter granola
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add all of the nuts, seeds, and shredded coconut. Mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 325º F.
  • In a small bowl add melted coconut oil and maple syrup and whisk to blend.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the seed nut blend and mix well.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola mixture on it. Use a spoon to spread out the granola so that it covers the whole cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and stir the granola. Spread it over the cookie sheet again.
  • Bake an additional 5-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Notes

  1. You can customize this recipe quite a bit by using any nuts, seeds, and dried fruit you have on-hand.
  2. Vary the sweetness level by adjusting the maple syrup amount.
  3. This homemade grain-free granola is delicious for breakfast, or use it to top your yogurt or ice cream!

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounceCalories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! I eat granola almost every day with my yogurt. It’s wonderful to be able to make this with my favorite ingredients & much less expensive than the ones in the grocery store! Thanks, Sandi

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly as it is the first time. I didn’t like the taste of the chia seeds and they made the color off. The second time I made it, I decided to eliminate the hemp hearts…for the same reason. I make it all the time now, it’s so delicious!! No one can tell that it’s grain free! I even made it for Christmas gifts for my neighbors, putting it in cute hinged lid jars. They loved it!!

  3. 5 stars
    Great info in this post Sandi – clears up a few of my questions on Paleo and grain-free diets. Also, this granola is just the kind of stuff my family adores… by the handful.

  4. This sounds delicious. I have not tried paleo granola but this is something I would love, especially with yogurt. Hot granola right out of the oven is amazing!