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Homemade Gluten Free Granola (Zero Waste Recipe)

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Last Updated on May 22, 2024

Gluten free granola is made with healthy ingredients that are crunchy and slightly sweet. Made with oats, almonds, honey, cinnamon, and fruit, you can’t go wrong.

Homemade gluten free granola makes a wholesome breakfast or satisfying snack enjoyed alone or over some dairy free yogurt. This gluten free granola recipe can be made with so many variations to suit your tastes and preferences. GF granola uses oats and nuts instead of other inflammatory grains for a healthy and filling meal. Make this GF granola recipe in bulk and store it to enjoy throughout the week.

Top view of a gluten free granola in a mason jar with overlay text reading "DIY zero waste granola"

homemade gf granola recipe

One of my favorite zero waste breakfasts is yogurt topped with crunchy GF granola. I’m still working on perfecting my coconut yogurt recipe, but it’s close.

I promise, I will share when it’s ready! 

What I love about this homemade gluten free granola recipe is that it truly takes very little effort — and it tastes awesome.

Granola is crunchy, sweet, and a perfect substitute for all of the packaged cereals you no longer buy. While eating Captain Crunch is not the healthiest breakfast option, it’s still full of so many childhood memories. Replace the childhood cereal with this healthy and filling GF granola recipe that is low in sugar, high in fiber, and full of flavor.

why you’ll love this gluten free granola recipe

  • Customizable
  • Delicious
  • Easy
  • Kid friendly
  • Gluten free
  • Inexpensive
gluten free granola recipe in a sheet pan.

gluten free granola cereal

I used to love eating cereal for breakfast every morning. It was super quick and easy. I also would binge an entire box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch while studying for finals in college. 

Cereal is also just easy. I loved not having to hassle with a huge breakfast ordeal while heading to school.

I still try to keep my breakfast super simple when heading to work. Insert my gluten free granola.

Homemade gluten free granola cereal fits the bill for me. It’s super tasty, easy to make, and a really quick breakfast. It’s a fairly common item in bulk bins, but I find that it’s typically loaded with sugar. 

I have become really sensitive to sugar. I don’t like to start my day by eating it because I get kinda jittery and can have headaches or inflammation in my joints. So I was on a mission to create a simple granola recipe that didn’t make me feel that way.

That is where my low sugar, gluten free granola recipe was born. And it’s so good! Plus, with this gluten free granola, there are no more jitters either…WIN!

homemade Gluten free granola in a bowl

homemade gluten free granola ingredients:

  • Old-Fashioned Oats – from bulk bins at Raley’s
  • Almonds – from bulk bins at Rainbow Grocery
  • Olive Oil – from bulk at Amphora Nueva
  • Honey – from a farmers market stall — can bring the honey jar back
  • Cinnamon – from Oaktown Spice
  • Salt – from Berkeley Bown
  • Dried Fruit – (I used blueberries) from Rainbow Groceries
GF granola in a sealable mason jar with a wooden spoon.

how to make gluten free granola

step 1: combine ingredients

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add in olive oil and honey.

step 2: bake

Place the low sugar granola on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes, being sure to stir halfway through.

step 3: add fruit

Once done baking, add fruit, stir, cool, and serve your homemade granola.

GF granola recipe in a storage jar.

faqs about gf granola

what flavor variations could I try?

I bet this gluten free granola would be insanely tasty with a sprinkling of cocoa powder and some chocolate chips! Different dried fruits like cranberries, cherries, or apples would all be good too.

Other great add-ins would be coconut shreds, chocolate chips, and seeds — the combinations are endless. 

Top view of a storage jar of gluten free granola as well as a bowl of gluten free granola served over yogurt.

how can I use this low sugar granola?

You can eat gluten free granola as a bowl of cereal with your favorite milk or non dairy milk, in a bowl with yogurt, or by the handful!

Mmmmm, dessert granola. It could be sprinkled on some homemade coconut ice cream!

what makes this recipe gluten free compared to store bought kinds?

Many store bought granolas include filler ingredients that make them affordable to produce. Think wheat, barley, and rye rolled in with their oats. Not to mention they usually have a ton of added sugar.

This recipe uses pure oats, which are naturally gluten free, to ensure you’re getting a homemade granola that’s gluten free and low in sugar.

how long does homemade granola last?

If stored properly, your homemade granola can last up to 4 weeks at room temperature. Allow it to cool completely before storing, then store it in a cool, dry place in an airtight container like a mason jar or sealable bulk bin.

I love to make tons of this recipe at a time and simply store it in the pantry to enjoy whenever I need a meal in a hurry or a light, healthy snack.

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Yield: 2-4 servings

Homemade Gluten Free Granola

Homemade Gluten Free Granola

Gluten free granola is made with healthy ingredients that are crunch and slightly sweet. Made with oats, almonds, honey, cinnamon, and fruit, you can’t go wrong.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 Cup of Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1 Cup of Slivered Almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Dried Fruit (I used blueberries)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt
  3. Stir until they’re all combined
  4. Add in the olive oil and the honey and mix
  5. Spread out on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes stirring halfway through
  6. Once golden brown, remove from the oven and add in the dried fruit


*for a vegan option, try 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of molasses 

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