You will never want to buy store bought granola again after trying my homemade honey-roasted cashew granola! It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. The majority of store bought granolas are filled with several types of processed sugar and oils and can also be pricey. Making granola at home means that you can control the ingredients and save money by purchasing the ingredients in bulk.
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Gluten-Free Granola Recipe
It’s easily adaptable (you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand)!
It’s a perfect breakfast or snack to prep ahead of time.
Granola is super kid-friendly!
You can take it on the go.
It uses cleaner and healthier ingredients than the store bought options.
Not to mention, your home will smell AMAZING while it is cooking.
All you need to make this delicious and crunchy homemade granola is a mixing bowl, parchment paper and a baking sheet. Super easy!
Oats: It is important to purchase certified gluten-free oats if you want your granola to be gluten-free. See FAQ section for more detail on this.
Cashews: Personally, I look for nuts without any added oils. The only ingredient should be cashews. These are cheaper if you buy them in bulk. My favorite place to stock up on gluten-free and dairy-free staples is Thrive Market because they have amazing deals and they deliver right to your doorstep. If you use my link, you get 40% off your first order.
Pumpkin Seeds: Again, I recommend looking for one ingredient and buying these in bulk as well! These can also be swapped out for other nuts or seeds that you have on hand, if needed.
Dried Cranberries: Look for no added oils or sugars.
Coconut Flakes: These give the granola some added sweetness and texture!
Cinnamon: This gives the granola some added flavor and pairs well with the honey!
Vanilla Extract: I like to use the non-alcoholic vanilla extract.
Oil: I prefer to use olive oil but you can also use coconut oil!
Honey: The perfect way to add sweetness to this recipe without using several overly processed sugars!
How to Make the Most Delicious Honey Granola at Home
Start by gathering all of the ingredients.
Preheat your oven to 250º F.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
Let the granola cool thoroughly. As it cools, it will harden.
Break it into pieces and eat immediately or store.
Substitutions and Variations
This gluten-free granola recipe is easily adaptable. The cashews can be swapped out for a different type of nut, if necessary. The dried cranberries can also be swapped out for another type of dry fruit. If you are not a fan of coconut, it can definitely be omitted. If you would like to make the recipe vegan, you can swap the honey for maple syrup.
How to Serve Gluten-Free Honey Granola
You can enjoy your granola several different ways! It is great to grab as a quick snack for on the go (especially if you’re hiking). You can also eat it for breakfast as cereal and add the milk of your choice. I enjoy adding toppings to my granola such as fresh fruit, nut butter, extra honey or chocolate. You can also use it as a topping for yogurt bowls or smoothies.
Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
How do you make sure your granola is gluten-free?
To ensure that your granola is gluten-free, you must make sure to purchase gluten-free certified ingredients including gluten-free oats. Oats are naturally gluten-free, however they are typically cross-contaminated with other grains.
Is this granola dairy-free?
Yes, this granola recipe is also dairy-free. If you would like to make it vegan, you can swap the honey for maple syrup.
Can you substitute the cashews for another nut?
Yes, you definitely can! It will change the flavor profile of the recipe, but it will still be tasty.
Make sure to try these other gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast ideas next:
How to Make the Best Gluten-Free Honey-Roasted Cashew Granola
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 250º F.
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
- Spread mixture onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes.
- Let cool and break into pieces.