This vanilla almond granola is a winner! It’s delicious, refined-sugar free and is full of benefits.
Coming up with a good granola recipe was very important for our family. First off, most store bought versions aren’t technically gluten-free. There are some granolas that are certified gluten-free, but many of them are FILLED with sugar. And not just a little…It makes me wonder WHY do people feel the need to over-sweeten everything? Added sugar is simply expected in store-bought foods here in the United States. It’s sad how people assume things will taste worse if the sugar isn’t added. However, in most cases things are just as sweet using NATURAL sugars or unprocessed ingredients. It’s amazing how naturally sweet some things are, so it is nice to have almond granola recipe that really showcases that off!
Vanilla Almond GranolaCourse: BreakfastDifficulty: Easy
3 cups raw gluten-free oats
1/4 cup chia
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325′.
- Melt coconut oil in microwave for 15 seconds. Keep heating in increments of 10 until melted.
- Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.
- Lay on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes, until oats start to golden.
- Let cool, then store in containers or mason jars!
When eating granola as a cereal, or on top of your favorite dairy-free yogurt (we like So Delicious yogurt or Kite Hill), you don’t want more added sugars than healthy components. We decided to make our own granola because of that. It’s great to store, so now we have it on hand ready to go whenever!
If you are running low on time, make sure you are choosing store-bought versions by reading the ingredient list! Really look at the them and make sure its got all the good stuff in it! Stick to versions with nuts, seeds or other nutrient-dense ingredients to add those benefits into your meals.