Sugar free granola does exist! You just have to make it yourself. Granola is a great snack, but a lot of store-bought granola is loaded with refined sugar. There is no such thing as 100% sugar free granola because you do need some sort of sugar to bind the ingredients. After trying a few times, I feel I have finally perfected this recipe for refined sugar free granola! This recipe is great and has everything that I love in it, like coconut and cashews; however, if you dislike any of the ingredients in this recipe, feel free to switch it up and add your favorite nuts or dried fruit.
After I started the clean-eating diet, the one thing I missed most was eating a bowl of cereal. This granola recipe saved me! I love to pour some almond milk on it and have it for breakfast. It’s also great on top of an acai smoothie bowl or with some yogurt and fruit.
This recipe uses maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Yes, it’s still a form of sugar and not the best thing in the world for you, but going 100% sugar free is no fun. I feel that sugars are best in their natural forms, like pure maple syrup or honey.
Homemade refined-sugar-free granola
- 2 cups oats I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup plus a drizzle more
- A few big shakes of cinnamon
- A dash of coarse salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Be sure to mix in the almond butter really well.
Spread on a cookie sheet. (You may want to line the cookie sheet with foil for easy cleanup).
Drizzle with a little more maple syrup to help bind the granola and sprinkle with more cinnamon and a dash of salt if you like that sweet and salty taste.
Bake at 325 F for 20 minutes. I like to check it after 15 minutes to give it a stir if the edges are getting too toasted.
Let cool to room temperature and move to an air-tight container for storage.
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