Easy and delicious gluten free and nut free granola! The simplest and most allergy friendly recipe there is, free from top 14 allergens. You’ll love this recipe!
This gluten free and nut free granola recipe makes the perfect crunchy and chewy granola to top your smoothie bowls, sprinkle over ice cream, or just eat by the handful!
Free from: wheat/gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, corn, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame, lupin, mustard, dyes
Granola has always been a mystery to me. Having so many allergies, I wasn’t able to ever grab a bag of granola at the store to safely enjoy, so I didn’t get what all the hype was about. But since I have a bag of gluten free rolled oats in my pantry, I decided to see what was so good about this snack
What I ended up with was a recipe that was simple in form and complex on taste. It is crispy and chewy in all the good ways, slightly sweet, has a pinch of salt to deepen the flavor profile, and has all the yummy granola clusters that you will fight over who gets to eat. Plus, this is super budget friendly. I don’t know if you noticed by store-bought granola is expensive!
Once you try this homemade gluten free and nut free granola, you won’t want to go back to store bought again!
The first thing I noticed was how many recipes out there use things I’m allergic to. I can’t add nuts, gluten, seeds, coconut, or any of those things to my granola. So I did some research and got down to the most simple of ingredients that a basic granola recipe should entail.
Oats. Oil. Sweetener. Salt and Spices. Vanilla.
You want them to be gluten free certified if you are avoiding gluten. The two brands I trust and currently use are Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats and Trader Joe’s Oats.
Oils are what make the granola crispy and delicious. I like to use a neutral flavored oil like canola when making mine.
Salt + Spices
For the best tasting granola, don’t skip the salt! Salt helps to enhance flavors, especially sweet things. This is because the sodium particles zero in on the bitter elements of a dish (even if they are so small you can’t consciously taste them) and block them! Sweet things now seem sweeter because of salt. So, you can add less sugar to this recipe if you include salt.
I also love to add some spices to my granola. Cinnamon is my go-to spice, but you could also add ginger, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla extract, or even chili powder for a spicy kick!
Do NOT skip on this! Using good vanilla extract helps to make things sweet, something you’ll really appreciate since this recipe uses less sugar than other granola recipes.
This granola recipe uses a combo of sweeteners to get the best of both worlds: I use maple syrup and brown sugar. These provide a depth of flavor, a crispy sweetness as it cools, and subtle hint of warmth. Other options include brown rice syrup, date nectar, or corn syrup for the liquid, and coconut sugar or date sugar for the brown sugar replacement.
A note about maple syrup: Some manufacturers of this product use corn, butter, or other oils, or even other synthetic chemicals in the process of making the maple syrup. Be sure to research your maple syrup so that you use only safe products for you and your family.
During the sap boiling process, conventional syrup producers often add synthetic defoaming agents that contain food additives such as mono- and di-glycerides as well as propylene glycol. Organic producers must use certified organic vegetable oils or organic butter. Remember that the sap is greatly concentrated (approximately 40 gallons of sap creates one gallon of maple syrup) so anything added, or any contaminants, will be significantly concentrated as well.The Cornucopia Institute
It’s best not to use honey in a granola recipe. Honey in its raw form is filled with delicate enzymes that get destroyed by the heat. You can always add honey to your granola after it is baked and cooled; perhaps drizzling honey over each serving of granola right before eating.
Making Your Granola Special
Now that you know what the components of a good granola are, let’s get fancy with what to mix with it! This is a totally optional step and you don’t have to add anything if you don’t want. Honestly, I like to keep my granola simple so that it matches with whatever I’m eating. But, here are some ideas to get you started.
Nuts and Seeds
Pepitas, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, walnuts. Obviously use what you can safely eat.
Add these after baking and the granola is cooled!
Dehydrated blueberries, apricots, figs, cranberries, cherries, or raisins. Again, add after baking. Make sure that you find dried fruit that is sun-dried and unsulfured if possible – sulfur is not only a big allergen but it also unnaturally colors the fruit and extends the shelf life.
Ground Flax seeds can be added after baking and the granola is cooled. This adds a lot of healthy omegas and fats to the granola. Just make sure you store your granola in the fridge if you add flax seeds as they can spoil at room temperature.
How to Make Granola
First, in a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sugar, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and spices.
Give this a good mix! You want to make sure that each little oat is covered in the mixture.
Next, place it onto a parchment lined baking tray. Make sure that it is in an even layer! Press it down and together.
After that, pop the granola into the oven and let it bake for at least 15 minutes. That length of time will make your granola soft and chewy with a little bit of crunch. That's how I like it! If you prefer a crunchier granola, let it cook for up to 30 minutes.
Next, removing the granola, no matter how long you bake it, let it rest! Don't touch it, don't flip it, and don't sneak a snack! This is vital to making sure the granola will clump together.
Let it cool completely before removing from the tray.
Finally, after the granola is fully cooled, then you can break it off into clusters and store in your favorite container. This is also the time for you to add any extras like chocolate chips, dried fruits, etc. It won't melt the chocolate now.
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Gluten Free and Nut Free Granola Tips
To get the best results from baking your granola, aka those delicious clusters of granola that I seek out, here are the steps you need to make that happen.
First, make sure you bake your granola on parchment paper or a non-stick slip mat. You want to make sure that you can easily remove your granola from the pan and not have to break it up
Next, you want to press the granola together in the pan and flatten it while baking. After I flip my granola, I make sure to press it back into a smooth shape.
Finally, and this is most important, let your granola cool completely before touching it! You want the sugar crystals to re-crystalize so that you can break it apart into those delicious chunks.
How to Store
To store your gluten free and nut free granola, keep it in an air tight container in your pantry or fridge if you added flax seeds. This should keep for up to 4 weeks in a cool and dark place.
You can freeze granola. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 months in the freezer.
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- mixing bowls
- mixing spoons
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- baking tray
- parchment paper
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 300°F / 148°C. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together your oats, cinnamon, salt, and any additional spices or flavors. In a seperate bowl (I just use my measuring cup to make fewer dishes to wash) combine your brown sugar, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet into the dry and mix well.
- Pour the granola mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Flatten with the back of the spoon till you have one even layer.
- Bake for 15-30 minutes in the oven, depending on how chewy or crispy you like your granola. Remove from the oven when you see a golden color begin to develop on your granola. Don't over bake this!
- Let cool completely before handling. Break into clusters and store in an air tight container for up to a month. Enjoy!