This Healthy Granola is a perfect addition to any breakfast or great as a snack on its own. It’s gluten-free and refined sugar-free but still totally delicious!
I remember when I was younger thinking granola was a health food.
It was probably because women on tv were shown trying to lose weight by eating things like granola and yogurt. My mom fell into that trap too, so from a young age, I thought that’s what I needed to eat to stay thin.
Fast-forward to today when I know that many store-bought granolas and yogurts are filled with added sugar…but the marketing teams for these products are STILL trying to pass them off as a health food and that really makes me annoyed.
Now don’t get me wrong, not all yogurts or granola are made with lots of sugar (or sugar substitutes) but it’s just something for us to be aware of when shopping.
A Healthier Option
I love sharing healthy versions of foods with my readers. I don’t think we should miss out on tasty food because we want to be good to our bodies.
To make my Healthy Granola I started with whole foods: oats, buckwheat, unsweetened coconut, and almonds.
I only use a bit of real grade A or B maple syrup and some vanilla extract to sweeten it just a bit – no need for too much sugar.
Vegan Healthy Granola
I love the crunch of granola on something smooth but there are so many ways to enjoy like:
- using it as a topping to yogurt
- adding it to smoothie bowls like my Chocolate Berry Smoothie Bowl (ps – check out my How to Make a Smoothie Bowl post)
- making berry parfaits – yum!
- having it as a cereal on its own with some dairy-free milk
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If you’re looking for a chocolate version of healthy granola, check out my Chocolate Buckwheat Granola.
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all dry ingredients (up to salt) together in a large bowl.
- Mix wet ingredients in a separable bowl then incorporate into the larger bowl.
- Bake for 15 minutes then flip the granola and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Store in airtight container for 1-2 months.
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist helping people thrive on a plant-powered diet. Mary Ellen offers a completely holistic and science-based approach to designing a healthy, plant-based life.
When she’s not working with clients or creating new meals for her blog, you can find Mary Ellen doting on her two rescue shih tzus, creating the perfect vegan mac & cheese, or exploring the world with her husband.