Healthy Homemade GF Granola Recipe

Homemade granola/gluten free cereal

If you’re obsessed with granola like I am, you’re going to love this healthy gluten free granola recipe. Granola is a lovely snack and makes a great GF bowl of cereal too. It’s a clean recipe packed with nutrients. The oats lend fiber to your diet, the honey packs in the antioxidants, coconut oil provides healthy fats, and it offers protein and important micronutrients like iron, vitamin D, folate, and zinc. Snacking never felt so guiltless!

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you achieve the best results:

  1. Use old fashioned rolled oats vs quick oats – old fashioned oats are flat and flaky vs quick oats that are cut into pieces to ensure quicker cook time. The old fashioned rolled oats have a better surface for granola so that you can get those yummy clusters easier. 
  2. After you pour the mixture into the pan, press firmly down on the top of the granola to create a nice even layer. This will allow for bits to stick together easier and give you those amazing clusters
  3. As with a lot of baking, the cook time is key. Knowing when your oats are done will help you get the perfect result. You want to look for browned oats but not too brown. Remember, the oats will continue to bake even after it is pulled from the oven. When the bake is complete, pull the pan and set it on the counter until completely cooled. I put a towel over it and leave it on the counter for most of the day before transferring into an air tight container. 
  4. Add the dried fruit into your bowl as you eat it. I’ve tried adding them at the end when putting them into a mason jar, but there is some moisture in them and I find it makes the oats a little less crispy over time.
  5. Use honey instead of maple syrup. Maple syrup is wonderful and adds a great flavor; however, honey has less fat than maple syrup and honey contains many more natural vitamins than maple syrup.

Ready to get your snack on and for your home to smell amazing?! You’ve got this. Final add-ons like dark chocolate chips, dried fruit, chia seeds and/or even dehydrated apples can bump this up a notch too. If you’re eating it as a cereal, I highly recommend adding some brain healthy blueberries to your bowl as well. Get creative and remember to have fun. Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

*A note about salt: In our house we’ve ditched the table salt and swapped it out with Redmond Real Salt. It is mined and harvested from Utah. Redmond salt contains over 60 trace minerals that the body needs vs regular iodized salt that has been stripped of its nutrients. It is an unrefined sustainable swap for your kitchen and I highly recommend it. (I do not get paid to endorse this product, it is simply a favorite in my kitchen) If you’re going to use salt, why not get the maximum benefits out of it? Buy here

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Healthy GF Homemade Granola Recipe

This simple but home run of a recipe is a nutrient dense snack, packed full of healthy vitamins and antioxidants. Eat it plain or enjoy it with some milk as a gluten free cereal. It’s a great to-go snack and the perfect excuse to add more fiber to your diet. Keep your tummy full and your body happy with this humble homemade granola recipe.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 7ish cups 1x



4 cups old-fashioned gluten free rolled oats

1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

½ cup sunflower seeds or sliced almonds

1 teaspoon Redmond mineral salt (

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup melted coconut oil (melted then measured)

½ cup organic local honey

1 tablespoon gluten free vanilla extract

1/4 cup organic coconut flakes

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

Optional additional mix-ins to add after oats are cooked: 1/2 cup of dried cherries, dark chocolate, dried blueberries, dried cranberries and/or dehydrated apple pieces.


1. Wash hands and get all of your ingredients on the table ready to go. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2. Grab a 9×13 baking dish and line the inside with parchment paper
3. Add all of the dry ingredients to a large bowl. (granola, flaxseed, salt, cinnamon, and seeds) Mix gently. 
4. Melt coconut oil (microwave or stove) and measure out 1/2 cup. Add in the honey while coconut oil is still warm and mix to combine. Add in the vanilla.
5. Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and add a little coconut oil to your hands. Using your hands, gently massage the oil into the oats. 
6. Once you are satisfied that all the oats have been coated, pour into the lined baking sheet. Gently press down on the top of the mixture with your hands to create a uniform top. (This will allow for those yummy clusters to form.)
7. Bake for 15 minutes (set timer). After 15 minutes, pull the granola from the oven. Give it a mix and again pat down the top of the granola. Place back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Check to make sure the top of the pan looks slightly browned and toasty then pull from the oven. (Remember it will continue cooking a little after it is pulled from the oven.)
8. Let cool completely on the counter. I leave mine for a solid few hours before breaking it up and transferring it to an air tight container. Store at room temp for up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!!


* Every oven is different. The key here is to keep an eye on the bake and pull the oats when they look toasty and golden not too brown. Keep an eye on how long it takes in your oven so that you can achieve perfect results each time.

  • Author: Drea
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: gluten free, snacks, granola, oats


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Keywords: gluten free granola recipe homemade granola

If you’re a fan of oats, try my ultimate oatmeal cookie recipe (GF) here.

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