Homemade Granola – refined sugar free


I adore granola, not so much muesli which I know is nearly the same but granola wins out for me every time. How about you, got a preference?  I’ve been making my own for most of this year after being inspired by seeing so many yummy home made ones out there in the interwebs and also how expensive a bag is in the shops.

I’ve tried to recreate my favourite shop bought one (from an artisan bakery mind you) and after lots of experimenting I think this recipe is “the one”. It’s refined sugar free, dairy free but does contain rolled oats so not gluten free if that is of concern to you. I also need to give credit to Lucy of Bake Play Smile who also has a really, really yummy granola too as it was after making hers that I got the method down pat.

Homemade Granola


  • 3 C rolled oats
  • 1/4 C brown or golden linseed (flaxseed)
  • 1/4 C sunflower kernels
  • 1/4 C pepitas
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds (either black or white)
  • 1/2 C dessicated coconut (go for organic if you can with no sulphites)
  • 1 C almonds (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 150 and line an oven tray with baking paper
  2. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl (except cranberries) and stir to combine
  3. In a microwave or cooktop melt the coconut oil mixed with the maple syrup and once melted stir through the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour coconut oil mix into the dry ingredients and stir through to combine
  5. Put the mixture into the prepared tray and bake for 30 minutes in total. Every 10 minutes stir the mixture well

I’ve been making this and putting it in jars as gifts as I think mixed with some yoghurt it’s a great way to start the day and want to share the granola love around.  If you are going to make it you might think that all the ingredients cost a lot but if you think about how expensive a bag of decent granola is and how quickly you get through it the cost per serve of making your own is much less than buying a bag of pre-made each week but you can add or subtract any of the ingredients you like (or don’t like for that matter!).

This should keep in an airtight container (jars are great) for about a month but you will eat it before that long!

Do you make your own granola? Will you now?


4 comments on “Homemade Granola – refined sugar free

  1. Bec
    September 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I do when I have time, my rose and pistachio is my favourite but this looks amazing! I might have to whip out the oats again.

    • Vicki
      September 7, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      oh rose and pistachio sounds delicious too. x

  2. Shaye
    April 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Making this right now and my house smells incredible!

    • Vicki
      April 3, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      That’s great to hear I really hope you like it.

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