Oat-free Healthy Granola (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

oat-free granola recipe

A deliciously healthy chunky granola that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

This “basic” granola recipe also happens to be the best granola recipe! (And I’m not biased).

I’ve been busy in the kitchen trying to make the perfect oat-free granola for some time (I’m intolerant to oats), and finally ladies and gentleman, I bring you this:

A healthy oat-free chunky granola!

It can even be made into granola bars!! Or top it on some nice-cream.

This granola is far more healthy, since it’s made with all-natural, unprocessed ingredients, and is naturally sweetened. You just can’t beat freshly baked granola!

What’s more, this recipe incorporates soaked nuts and seeds, making this mix more easily digestible for the body, as it contains fewer antinutrients like phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors.

Before we get started in learning how to make this oat-free granola – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

DIY Chunky Cluster Oat-Free Granola

Instead of sweetening your granola with honey or maple syrup, you can change it up by using 1/2 cup of sweet tea, like chai – you’ll just need to bake the granola for longer.


  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup soaked pepitas
  • 1/2 cup soaked almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup soaked pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

To make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F), and mix the dry goods (except the coconut flakes and fruit) together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the liquid ingredients and stir well so it coats and covers everything and the mixture forms into clusters. Let it sit and soak in for 5 minutes.
  3. Spread evenly onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for 20 minutes. Don’t stir or you’ll prevent the clusters from forming.
  4. Remove from the oven then spin the tray around so the other side of the pan gets heat from the back of the oven and the mix can bake evenly.
  5. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, checking every so often to make sure the cluster chunks don’t burn. Once golden brown, remove the tray from the oven and allow the granola to cool on the tray.
  6. Add in the dried fruit and coconut flakes, then break off the clusters and chunks and store in a jar with an airtight lid.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

Have you made granola before? What was it like? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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