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Nut lovers unite! This easy sugar free granola made with almond butter, pecans, and unsweetened cranberries is your answer to breakfast on busy mornings. With no added sugar this homemade granola is a healthy start to the morning coupled with your favorite dairy free milk.
My boys love cereal. When we’re cruising down the cereal aisle they’re eyes are drawn to the brightly colored cereal boxes with characters they recognize from their favorite shows. Without fail they request to put one of those boxes in our cart. They haven’t gotten to bring a box home yet but they keep trying.
Cereal is an easy and quick breakfast in the morning. It always feels like we’re against the clock to get out the door in time to make it to school and off to work. Pour a bowl of cereal and you’ve got breakfast ready in no time. But a heavy dose of sugar in the morning is no way to start the day.
I searched high and low for a sugar free granola in the store made with whole food ingredients but I struggled to find one that met all my criteria which included whole food ingredients, no oil, and no added sugar.
I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I decided to make my own granola and have complete control over the ingredients. This sugar free granola recipe is nutty, naturally sweet, and totally satisfying knocking those store bought cereals and granolas out of the running.
Sugar Free Granola vs. Store Bought Granola
I used to think making my own granola would be time consuming and difficult, but I was wrong! Not only is it easy and fast to make your own granola, you probably have all the ingredients you need in your pantry now.
You can also customize your granola to your taste. If you like a certain kind of nut or dried fruit, you can easily throw it in.
Is granola OK to eat on a plant-based diet?
This homemade sugar free granola is okay to eat if you follow a plant-based or vegan lifestyle. One serving of homemade granola has 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and healthy unsaturated fats from the added nuts and seeds. This version of granola has less than 7 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of added sugar. Leave the cranberries out of the granola and you have a completely sugar free granola. That’s about 17 grams less sugar than the average store bought granola.
If your desire is weight loss, store bought granola is not ideal. It has a significant amount of oil and sugar added that increases its calories compared to eating a bowl of oatmeal.
If you decide to eat granola when on a weight loss plan whether that’s store bought or homemade be sure to measure out your serving size. It’s easy to fill a big cereal bowl with a cup and a half of granola and not realize you’re consuming three servings. Stick to a 1/2 cup serving of granola a day.
Can granola be healthy?
It can be a healthy snack or breakfast option if you make it at home and stick to the recommended serving size. While it does contain healthy fats, and is lower in sugar, you can easily go overboard on your serving size..
Tips and Tricks to Making and Keeping Homemade Granola
After making your homemade sugar free granola be sure to allow it to cool completely and store in an air tight container. I love using these airtight mason jars with clips. They come with cute chalkboard labels and a chalkboard marker, and look adorable on your kitchen counter! If you keep the granola in an airtight container it can last for up to two months.
Double it Up
When I make this recipe I double it. That’s because my whole family loves this homemade granola, especially my oldest son. He enjoys topping it with berries and coconut milk.
Ingredients for Sugar Free Granola:
- Gluten-Free Oats
- Almond Butter
- No sugar added dried cranberries
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Vanilla Extract
Tools You’ll Need to Make Sugar Free Granola
You won’t need any obscure kitchen tools to make this recipe. Just a cookie sheet, a big mixing bowl, and a spatula.
When it comes to cookie sheets and other pans I’ve been moving away from nonstick variety. Why? Nonstick cookware is covered in Teflon. That’s what keeps the food from sticking to the pan, convenient, but not so safe. When teflon is heated to 600°F it releases potentially dangerous fumes. Why take the risk! Go for a natural cookie sheet like this one from Nordic Ware. Looking for a great spatula set to stir your sticky granola with ease? These OXO Good Grips come in a set of three different sizes.
How to Make Sugar Free Granola – Step by Step
- Preheat oven to 300 F.
- Pour oats, cranberries, chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds into a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Pour almond butter and vanilla extract over mixture. Combine until all oats are wet. Add 1 tablespoon of almond butter if all oats are not wet.
- Spread evenly on a sheet pan.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes careful not to burn.
- Allow to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.
Sugar Free Granola | Vegan Gluten-Free and Oil-Free
- 2 cups rolled oats If you have a gluten sensitivity use gluten free oats.
- 1/2 cup raw pecans chopped
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dried sugar-free cranberries
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine oats, chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and cranberries.
- Pour almond butter and vanilla extract over oat mixture. Stir to combine until oats are wet.
- Spread mixture evenly over a cookie sheet.
- Place in oven and toast for 8-10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the oats.
- Take out of the oven and allow to cool completely before storing granola in an air tight container.
- Add your own favorite sugar-free dried fruit, and raw nuts.
- If oat mixture needs more moisture add 1 tablespoon of almond butter until all oats are wet.
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