Granola is one of my favorite recipes to create and make in the kitchen. You can put anything and everything you want in it to customize it to your taste, or what you are craving at the moment. You can put any nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, nut butters, extracts, oils, you name it! You are the chef here, and the power is in your hands!
Some people are unaware of how easy granola is to make, and turn to pre-made store bought granola instead. These are actually filled with refined sugars, fats, preservatives, lots of sodium and chemicals some of us cannot even identify. After you make this recipe, you will never again have to buy granola from the store! It is so sweet and simple, you will think you were crazy for never trying it before! It is also a great way for you to use up an extra ingredients you may have lying around in your kitchen or pantry.
Need some ideas to use this granola?
- Use it as cereal! Plop it in a bowl with some fresh berries and homemade nut milk! My favorite type of nut milk is hazelnut milk, but it is so pricey to make!
- Put some in a Ziploc and take it on the go for a snack when you need a pick me up during the day and don’t have access to quick and healthy choices.
- Top your smoothies or smoothie bowls with it! This is awesome with banana based smoothies, I love the combination.
- Experiment, and let me know how you think of using it!
This recipe was created based on what I had at home. I make my parents a smoothie every morning, but they were complaining that they wanted more texture in their breakfasts as they felt “liquids” caused them to never feel satiated. So, I created this granola and topped their smoothies with it. The granola was gone in a week, it was unbelievable! My parents are now hooked on granola, and they asked me to try and make a fresh batch each week.
Gluten-Free Almond Butter Granola
Adapted from Oh She Glows Lightened Up Summer Granola
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s)
- ½ cup raw walnuts, chopped
- ½ cup raw almonds, chopped
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds (Grind whole flax in high speed blender)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup organic coconut sugar
- ¾ tsp kosher salt (optional)
- ½-1 tsp cinnamon (fresh ground if possible)
- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp maple extract
- Preheat your oven to 325F.
- Line your desired baking pan (with a lip/raised edges) with parchment paper. I suggest this over foil as the granola is less likely to stick to it.
- Combine all of the wet ingredients in one bowl, and all of the dry ingredients in another (large) bowl.
- Microwave the wet ingredients in the bowl for a minute.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients.. Make sure you stir thoroughly so that all of the flavors combine.
- The granola will be chunky and clumpy, but that is alright! As it dries out in the oven, it will break apart.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before eating. You can add in chocolate chips or dried fruit once it is cooled if desired.
This will store in an airtight container for 2 months.
I hope all of you enjoy this granola recipe!
Comment below with your favorite granola recipe!