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Craving a wholesome, delicious breakfast that’s packed with flavor and keeps you energized all morning? Look no further than this fantastic nut-free granola recipe! This recipe is perfect for those with nut allergies or simply those who prefer a different kind of crunch. Made with a delightful blend of rolled oats, seeds, dried fruit, and a hint of sweetness, this homemade granola is sure to become a breakfast staple.

Ingredients:

Nut Free Granola Recipe (Deliciously Crunchy!)
Nut Free Granola Recipe (Deliciously Crunchy!)

4 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned oats work best)

  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, chopped dates – choose your favorites!)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds (if using), flaxseed meal (if using), cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey or maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until all the oats are coated.

    4. Spread the oat mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.

    5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring the granola halfway through, until golden brown and fragrant.

    6. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool completely on the baking sheet. This allows the granola to crisp up further.

    7. Once cool, store your granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximately 1/2 cup):

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Please note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion

    This nut-free granola recipe is a fantastic way to start your day. It’s packed with fiber, healthy fats, and whole grains, keeping you feeling full and satisfied for hours. It’s also incredibly versatile! Enjoy it with yogurt, milk, or plant-based milk for a complete breakfast. Add it to smoothies, parfaits, or even trail mix for a delicious on-the-go snack.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I substitute other dried fruits? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different dried fruits like chopped apricots, chopped mango, or dried figs. Just be mindful of the overall sweetness and adjust the amount of honey or maple syrup accordingly.

    2. Can I use a different type of oil? Yes! You can substitute the coconut oil with melted butter, avocado oil, or even olive oil.

    3. My granola isn’t crispy enough. What can I do? If your granola isn’t as crispy as you like, try baking it for a few extra minutes. You can also spread the granola out on the baking sheet in a single layer to ensure even browning.

    4. How long will this granola stay fresh? When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, your homemade granola should stay fresh for up to two weeks.

    5. Can I make a big batch of this granola? Absolutely! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Just be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly as a larger batch might take a few extra minutes to bake through.