Oat-free Healthy Granola: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free

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 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 recipe 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 calls for soaked nuts and seeds, making them more easily digestible for the body, as they contain fewer antinutrients like phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors.

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It’s deliciously crunchy, and forms into perfect clusters. If you don’t want your granola super chunky, just break it up more before placing it into your jars to store.

If you make this granola, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

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 a 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 1 minute.
  3. Spread evenly onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for 20 minutes. Don’t stir or you’ll prevent 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 from the oven and allow to cool on the tray.
  6. Add in the dried fruit and coconut flakes, then break off clusters and chunks and store in a jar with an airtight lid. Enjoy!
DIY chunky oat-free granola.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

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

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa