Homemade Granola (with No Refined Sugars!)

homemade granola no refined sugarI finally found a granola I consider to actually be healthy – wahoo! I have not bothered with making homemade granola in the past because, after checking ingredients of the one I like from the health food store, I didn’t think I could improve much to make it much healthier because all the homemade ones I had come across still had tons and tons of sugar in them.

But not this one :)

As most of you know, I try to keep things pretty healthy in most of my cooking. I like to go all out as far as desserts but I figure so long as those are not part of daily life, we’re doing pretty good (and no I do not usually eat much of the cakes I bake every week, I just enjoy making them, I try a couple bites for taste testing purposes and that’s about it. That’s why I typically make small cakes.)

Generally, I try to avoid having sugar as part of our diet. I can’t say I am super successful but we do the best we can right?

Granola is a HUGE staple in our house. I don’t buy cereal so on hectic school mornings sometimes the granola is a total life saver. We love it with homemade yogurt and raw honey drizzled over it or with just milk, but I also use it to make granola bars or sprinkle it on ice cream or pancakes.

We love granola around here.

So finding a healthy, no sugar version is something that is important to me. So when I found this recipe from The Paper Mama the other day, I was ecstatic and hustled to the kitchen as fast as I could to make a batch.

The smell of it baking in the oven was completely intoxicating. It even wafted all the way out to the garage and my poor husband thought I was baking him a pie….

Not so much. He is not a huge granola fan so this was a big let down for him.

But the kids were excited 😀

This granola is not at all the sweet type you are likely used to, but it has amazing flavor, is healthy AND what I have been doing is drizzling our daily dose of local raw honey over it and it is fantastic like that.

Homemade Granola (with No Refined Sugars!)
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Granola
Serves: 4.5 cups
  • 7 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups of slivered almonds or chopped pecans
  • ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 Tablespoons of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups of no sugar added applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey
Preparation Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 275˚.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
  3. In another smaller mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Then add the wet to the dry and toss until the granola mixture is well coated. Use your hands and get dirty for best results. If the mixture seems to dry, you can add more applesauce but you want everything just coated, not soaking wet.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly on rimmed baking sheets, I used 3 sheets but how many you use will depend on the size, you want the granola about ½ inch thick or so.
  5. Bake the granola in the oven for about 40-50 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes so it browns evenly.
  6. Once sufficiently dry, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the trays.
  7. Once cool, store in a sealable container like a large mason jar.







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  1. Andrea says

    This was fabulous! Jonathan (my husband) asked if i would make this recipe after trying it. I have been searching all over for the “perfect” granola and this is it.

  2. johnnyB says

    Pretty good granola. I added about a half a cup of soybean oil to make it crunchy as well as one cup of ground flax seeds and one cup of hulled hemp seeds. I did not have any ginger or sunflower seeds so I put in a cup of pine nuts. I don’t care for coconut so much but you can hardly taste it.

  3. rachell says

    Hello! I made this recipe & loved it. Mine came out a little “fine”… like no big chunks of stuff to grab onto. I’m wondering, do you have any ideas or has anyone tried making this into bars?

  4. says

    I have made my own granola for many years and my basic recipe is pretty much the same as yours except I use organic pure maple syrup, instead of honey because it gives it such a wonderful flavor. I use applesauce also. I do not like coconut so I never use that but I add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, wheat berries that have been toasted so they have “popped” so to speak. when it is done in the oven and cooled I add dried cranberries and raisins. but any dreid fruit will work just as any nuts or seeds are perfect. as long as you add spices to give it that wonderful flavor you can add subtract whatever you wish.

  5. Jaydee Cross says

    This is absolutely wonderful! I used apple pulp from juicing apples in place of the apple sauce and a bit of carrot juice to add moisture…fantastic!!!

    • says

      I don’t Heather, sorry. I know there are websites that will do the conversion for you if you put in the ingredients, I can’t remember the one I have used in the past unfortunately, but I am sure if you google you should be able to find it.

  6. Renee says

    What can be used in place of the applesauce? I have one allergic to apples in my house that loves good granola and yogurt for breakfast.

    • says

      If she/he can have pears you could steam a couple pears and mash them up, otherwise I would maybe just leave it out and add a touch more honey to keep it moist.

    • says

      You could steam and mash a couple pears to replace it if he/she can have pears. Otherwise I would just leave it out and maybe just up the honey to keep the mixture moist, banana’s come to mind as well but I’m not sure how the texture would be with those.

  7. victoria says

    I make this for my friends and they love it!!! I cannot keep up with demand.

    The only thing I add are dried cranberries once the granola has cooled – about 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup and they love it!!


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