Perfectly crunchy Gluten-Free Granola that’s also dairy-free. Finding a good Gluten-Free Granola in the stores can be hard and expensive. You can make home-baked gluten-free granola with a few simple ingredients, saving on time and money.
One of my favorite breakfasts has been, and probably always will be, gluten-free granola. It’s such a versatile gluten-free breakfast food. Gluten-free granola with yogurt, granola with milk, mixed with berries, or honestly, just by the handful as a snack.
Because gluten-free granola is calorie dense I tend to measure out how much I’m going to eat otherwise I will end up eating the whole batch. This gluten-free granola recipe has nuts in it but don’t worry, you can use seeds instead of the nuts.
Is Granola Gluten-Free?
I often get asked if granola is gluten-free. Yes and no if you buy your granola from the store. Just like any processed and packaged food it may be made made with products that contain gluten and it may also be processed in a facility that processes wheat. Always check labels before you purchase gluten-free granola.
The second part to that is that not all oats used in gluten-free granola are actually gluten-free. While oats are naturally gluten-free they can become contaminated any time between planting and processing. It’s best to use gluten-free oats or purity protocol oats.
Gluten-Free Granola Recipe
This gluten-free granola recipe is super versatile. I mentioned above that you can use seeds instead of nuts. Not only is this gluten-free granola versatile, but there are so many variations available, and you can honestly tweak your granola recipe to suit whatever your heart, and stomach, desires.
Once you start eating gluten-free, for whatever reason, you start realizing that a lot of your favorite staple foods are no longer readily available in a gluten-free form. No worries. With all the recipes and resources nowadays, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite foods.
Ingredients in Gluten-Free Granola
- light brown sugar
- coconut oil
- maple syrup
- pecans, chopped
- shredded coconut (not toasted, it will toast in the oven with the other ingredients)
- ground cinnamon
- gluten-free oats
- teaspoon salt
- Optional: mini gluten-free dairy-free chocolate chips or dried fruit
How to make gluten-free granola
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the first 3 ingredients stirring constantly.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Add pecans, coconut, cinnamon.
- Stir until combined.
- Add in the oats. Stir until combined.
- Remove from the heat and spread the granola lightly onto the foil lined jellyroll pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t stir, it will help it stay clumped together.
These numbered steps match the photos above. They are for illustration purposed only. For the full list of ingredients please see the printable recipe card below.
Like I mentioned above, gluten-free oats can be kind of finicky, and I honestly sometimes have a hard time trusting packaged gluten-free granola. Despite their convenience, I feel a lot better about the integrity of my granola if I’ve cooked it myself using certified gluten-free oats. And while homemade granola can seem like a daunting task, it’s incredibly simple to bake at home.
- You can use butter in place of the coconut oil in this gluten-free granola.
- If you can’t have nuts you can use seed. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are a favorite among many.
- You can use honey or a sugar free maple syrup in place of the maple syrup in this gluten-free granola recipe.
Also, if you have a favorite gluten-free granola add-in like hemp hearts or cocoa nibs, add them in!
One thing that I really love about homemade gluten-free granola, is that you really can do anything with this recipe. You can add chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, dried blueberries, or any other dried fruit. I also love that I know exactly what is going into it and I can trust that’s it’s gluten-free.
Other Gluten-Free Granola
Here are some gluten-free granola brands that we’ve tried. Please always check packaging as ingredients can change.
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Granola – while Bob’s Red Mill isn’t “certified” gluten-free they do their own in house testing and we trust them. You do what’s best for you.
- Bear Naked
If you are looking for more granola recipes that are gluten-free you might like this Gluten-Free Almond Granola Recipe. If you have any questions about this gluten-free granola recipe please leave a comment below.
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Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g