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Homemade Low Sugar Granola is simply out-of-the-oven goodness. Make a batch and discover how delicious, crunchy, and healthy this breakfast is!

homemade granola on a baking sheet
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What is Granola? Granola is a popular crunchy muesli made with oats, nuts, and seeds, which is served for breakfast! It especially delights with its crunchiness and the wonderful toasted flavors and texture that come from baking it. 

close up shot of granola

This healthy granola recipe is prepared with a mixture of oats, nuts, seeds, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. The amount of nuts in this recipe is particularly high, so we could even call it a nut & seeds granola. It contains pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds. 

Granola is full of healthy fats, fiber, protein, and omega 3! 

You can serve homemade granola for breakfast with oat milk or yogurt. As a snack, top it on fresh fruits. I love to serve it with dairy-free yogurt and sliced banana!

Make sure to prepare a large batch of it, it will be gone rather quickly! 

low sugar granola on a baking tray

💡 Sugar Alternatives

Maple syrup is an excellent refined sugar-free alternative to sweeten granola. Containing about two thirds of the calories of white sugar, it makes a slightly healthier option and adds beautiful caramel flavors to your food.

If you are opting for a sugar-free granola, use chopped dates or a smashed ripe banana to sweeten the granola. Monk fruit sweetener or erythritol work too.

Be aware that store-bought granola often contains high amounts of sugar to make it taste better. Therefore, I recommend making this homemade granola recipe, which is the healthier option for you. Plus, if you mix it with Greek yogurt or fruits, it will be sweet enough.

🛒 Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

Granola Ingredients
  • Rolled Oats → Use whole grain oats or five grain flakes cereal(sugar-free) to add even more nutrients to this healthy granola.
  • Pecans, Almonds, Hazelnuts→ A great combination of nuts! 
  • Pumpkin Seeds→ Taste spicy and have a particularly high protein content.
  • Chia Seeds→ Provide valuable omega-3 fatty acids. Can also be omitted.
  • Sea Salt → Just a pinch for flavor. 
  • Maple Syrup → For sweetening! Also works with agave syrup, brown rice syrup, or honey.
  • Coconut Oil → Use a neutral coconut oil, otherwise the whole granola tastes like coconut. Also works with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Vanilla Extract→ Or the pulp of a scraped vanilla bean.

🍶 Variations

Want to customize the basic granola recipe? Then you’ll find plenty of ways to do so:

  • Spices – Add a pinch of ground cinnamon, cardamom, or ginger to spice things up.
  • Nuts – Mix in pistachios, walnuts, macadamia, peanuts, or cashews. 
  • Seeds – Use sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds or sesame seeds also do well in granola.
  • Dried Fruits – Add coarsely chopped dried fruit such as apricots, raisins, cranberries, or banana chips to your granola after baking. 
  • Chocolate Lovers – Stir in cocoa nibs or dark chocolate chips one cold (do not bake them).
  • Coconut – Add coconut flakes!
  • Gluten-Free – Use certified gluten-free oats.

👩‍🍳 Visual Step-by-Step Instructions

This visual step-by-step instruction will help you along the way – definitely recommended if you’re a cooking beginner! 😉

  • Preheat your oven to 355°F (180°C).
  • Coarsely chop nuts using a food processor or knife.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, and salt. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, stir until combined.
  • Spread granola on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, turning twice!
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the granola cool completely.
Granola Recipe Step 1-4
homemade nut granola on a baking sheet

🫙 Storage Instructions

Granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for at least 2 weeks. 

It also makes a great gift from the kitchen. Therefore, place it in a beautiful mason jar and stick a handwritten label on it!

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📖 Recipe

homemade granola on a baking sheet

Homemade Granola

Homemade Low Sugar Granola is simply out-of-the-oven goodness. Make a batch and discover how delicious, crunchy, and healthy this breakfast is!
Author : Aline Cueni
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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :25 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Servings : 8
Calories : 239kcal

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 355°F (180°C).
  • Coarsely chop nuts using a food processor or knife.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, and salt. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, stir until combined.
  • Spread granola on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, turning twice!
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the granola cool completely. Store in a mason jar!

Notes

Granola tastes delicious with yogurt, oat milk, or as a topping on fresh fruits. I love to serve it with dairy-free yogurt and sliced banana!
Choose nuts and seeds to your taste: You can use walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, or even flax seeds. 
Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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