Fantastic Healthy Granola (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

A must-try…This homemade granola is not only made with healthy ingredients, it’s outrageously delicious! It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup (or honey) and made with rolled oats, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut, and your favorite nuts and raisins. Such a versatile recipe, you can customize it to your liking. Although most people eat granola as a cereal or add it to yogurt and such, I like to eat it by the spoonful for a snack or dessert. Plus it makes a wonderful gift! One tablespoon has 35 calories, 2 grams of fat and 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 1 Green.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats for gluten-free granola)

2 cups unsalted nuts, chopped (I used ¾ cup pistachio nuts, ¾ cup macadamia nuts and ½ cup walnuts)

1 cup raisins

½ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded

1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt or ¾ teaspoon table salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil (not melted)

⅔ cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, raisins, coconut, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to blend.

2. Pour in melted coconut oil, maple syrup or honey and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated. Pour granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. 

3. Bake until very golden brown, about 15 minutes per side, stirring halfway. It might need 5 minutes more, per side. It’s done when it’s golden brown. Total bake time is about 30-40 minutes. The granola will further crisp up as it cools.

4. Let granola cool completely. Store cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for about 4 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.

5. This recipe makes 9 cups.


Shopping Tips
To make this recipe gluten-free be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

If you’d like to make this granola nut-free, you can use seeds, like pepitas or sunflower seeds, instead of nuts.

Serving Tips
This granola is awesome on its own, served with milk or yogurt and fresh fruit. As I mentioned above, I like to eat by the spoonful as a healthy snack or dessert.

It also makes a wonderful homemade gift. I like to use 16 oz (2 cups) glass mason jars. Everyone I’ve given this to loves it!


WW Freestyle SmartPoints Points
1-Blue
WW SmartPoints 1
Green
WW Points Plus 1

 

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tablespoon
35 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 1g prot, 4g carbs, 1g fiber,
7mg sod, 2g sugar
 

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!