This 100% Grain Free Granola is a sweet and hearty snack made from a healthy mix of nuts, seeds, and berries. Perfect to serve to gluten free friends and family, this oatless granola adds the perfect crunch to parfaits, smoothie bowls, and trail mixes.
I like to think of this homemade Grain Free Granola as a “super granola”! Packed with healthy nuts, seeds, berries, and natural sweeteners, it’s naturally dairy free and gluten free. Not to mention that by making this granola at home, you’ll be saving money while enjoying a better-tasting snack than the expensive storebought varieties.
One of my favorite things about this grain free granola recipe is how flexible it is. Yes, it’s delicious as-is, but you can easily throw in any of your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, sweeteners, chocolate, or spices to really make it your own.
Ready to take your breakfast smoothie up a notch? Use a handful of the grainless granola as a crunchy topping on a Green Machine Smoothie, Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, or Berry Protein Smoothie. You can even add it to Peach Cobbler for a healthier, gluten free version of this classic summer dessert!
Does grainless granola have sugar?
I like to sweeten this grainless granola with natural sweeteners instead of overly processed white or brown sugars. Honey or maple syrup are my go-to’s because they have lower glycemic indexes making them less likely to spike your blood sugar. If these two aren’t your thing, you can easily sweeten this grain free granola with coconut sugar, monk fruit extract, stevia, or raw cane sugar.
Grain free granola ingredients
- Nuts - Pecans and walnuts add a nice crunch and nutty flavor. You can use almost any nut you love to make this granola.
- Seeds - A mix of sunflower, pumpkin, flax, and chia seeds are high in healthy nutrients and great sources of fiber.
- Honey or maple syrup - All homemade granola needs a hint of sweetness, which is why liquid, natural sweeteners are a must for this recipe.
- Goji berries - A tart and sweet “superfood” that’s packed with healthy vitamins.
- Seasonings - All you need is a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of salt to really bring the flavors in this nutrient-packed snack together.
How to make homemade granola from nuts and seeds
Add the sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, and chia seeds to a food processor or blender. Pulse until everything is broken down into small pieces.
Spread the mixture evenly across a baking sheet and add the goji berries. Sprinkle the mixture with a dash of cinnamon and salt, then drizzle the honey or maple syrup over top.
Bake the grain free granola until it’s slightly crisp and very fragrant. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely before adding any extra ingredients or storing it away.
What else can you add to homemade granola?
All homemade granola is extremely versatile and this recipe is no exception! You can add anything you like, from healthy nuts and dried fruits to the sweeter things in life, like chocolate or candy. Use any of these suggestions for inspiration:
- Shredded coconut
- Dried cranberries
- Chocolate chips
- Dried apricots
- Peanut butter
- Hemp seeds
- Candy shelled chocolate
- Monk fruit sweetener
- White chocolate chips
- Coconut sugar
- Dark chocolate chunks
Oatless granola is a particularly delicious topping on breakfasts and desserts. It adds extra fiber and nutrients to a yogurt bowl with berries, chia pudding, and breakfast smoothie bowls. For dessert, add a sprinkle of granola on top of caramel ice cream, next to a fruit salad, or with a scoop of peach cobbler.
It’s even delicious on its own! Fill a container with your homemade grain free granola for an easy and filling snack to enjoy throughout the work day or when you’re out hiking.
How long does homemade granola last?
I recommend storing your homemade granola in a glass jar in the pantry or on the kitchen counter. As long as your jar is airtight, your granola should stay fresh and crisp for up to 2 weeks.
Looking for more healthy snacks?
- Overnight Oats and Chia Bowl
- Salted Chocolate Nutty Bars
- Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
- Seedy Oat Crackers
- Cinnamon Apple Chips
Nuts & Seeds Granola (Grain-Free)
- ½ cup goji berries
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pecans
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup flaxseeds
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon honey or maple
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Add sunflower seeds, pecan, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and chia to a food processor or blender and pulse for a few seconds, until they broken down into small pieces.
- Transfer to a large sheet pan. Add in goji berries and toss to combine.
- Sprinkle cinnamon over the nuts and seeds, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of honey. Bake at 300F for 20 minutes, tossing half way through.
- Allow granola to cool completely before storing in a jar.