Gluten Free protein packed healthier homemade Granola

Protein Packed Homemade Granola {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Meredith 8:00 am

Granola is a breakfast staple in our house.  However, I have only been making my own for the past couple years.  I always knew granola was easy to make, but I enjoyed choosing one of the many delicious varieties available at the store.

Why I make homemade granola

What encouraged me start making my own granola?  I began to pay attention to the amount of added sugar in the foods we eat.  When I reread our “staple” granola ingredients looking specifically at sugar, I found that sugar was the second ingredient after oats!  Simply eating granola in the morning with my then-favorite yogurt supplied 18 grams (4.5 teaspoons) of added sugar to my daily diet.  Note: The American Heart Association recommends that women eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. 

Why is this granola healthy?

After a lot of experimenting, I have a couple favorite healthier granola recipes.  They all start out with the same base and can be adapted based on preference, dietary restrictions, and what you happen to have in your pantry.  What makes these recipes healthier?  First of all, they are loaded with fiber from old fashioned oats, nuts, and seeds.  The nuts and seeds also provide a good serving of protein.  And finally, these granola recipes are very low in added sugar.

Healthy granola variations

This healthier granola recipe is very adaptable.  You can use any nuts or seeds that you like.  Simply keep the ratio consistent: 6 cups grains (rolled oats, puffed grains, etc), 3 cups nuts and 3 cups seeds.

basic ingredients for protein packed healthier granola grains seeds nuts

If you eat a nut-free diet, replace all of the nuts with seeds or other optional mix-ins like coconut chips or puffed grains.

puffed grain coconut chips are optional ingredients for healthier granola

The liquid portion of this healthier granola recipe is equally adaptable.  Again, keep the ratios consistent: 1/2 cup seed or nut butter, 1/2 cup oil, and 1/4 cup sweetener.

nut butters oil unrefined sugar make this protein packed granola healthier

Just remember to add the fruit after cooking the granola!  Trust me, baked raisins are not delicious.

raisins dried apricots dried figs delicious healthier granola

Protein-Packed Granola Recipe with Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds {gluten-free, vegan}

This protein packed homemade granola is easy to make, delicious, and low in added sugar.  A 1/2 cup serving contains almost 9 grams of protein and just 2 grams added sugar.  This granola is delicious as is with milk or as a toping on greek yogurt and fruit for a filling, delicious breakfast.  My boys love it mixed 50:50 with “puffies” (puffed wheat, rice or millet) and topped with milk.


5 from 18 votes
Gluten Free protein packed healthier homemade Granola
Healthy Homemade Granola {Gluten-Free & Vegan}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins

Packed with seeds and nuts, this delicious and healthy granola will keep you full all morning long!  {vegan, gluten-free, low in added sugar}

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free granola recipe, healthy granola recipe, how to make paleo granola, paleo granola recipe
Servings: 28 servings (1/2 cup)
Calories: 270 kcal
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats (organic)
  • 3 cups sliced almonds
  • 3 cups pepitas
  • 2 cups puffed millet
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups raisins (organic)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

  2. Combine all dry ingredients except raisins in a large bowl
  3. Combine oil, nut butter, and sweetener in a glass measuring cup and mix until combined
  4. Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated
  5. Transfer to a large roasting pan
  6. Bake, stirring every 20 minutes until lightly toasted, about 1 to 1.5 hours

  7. Add raisins and cool to room temperature
  8. Store in air-tight container

*Note: I choose to purchase organic raisins.  Read more on pesticides and produce.

A note about gluten free oats

Oats are naturally gluten free.  However, some oats are processed on the same equipment as wheat and other gluten-containing foods, so it is possible that they can be contaminated with gluten.  Some manufacturers dedicate a specific line to producing oats that are free from any possible gluten contaminants and label their oats as gluten free.

Have you tried making homemade granola?  What is your favorite combination?  Another granola combination my family enjoys is this apricot maple pecan granola with toasted coconut.

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This healthy homemade granola recipe is packed with protein and low in added sugar.

Nutrition information (per ½ cup serving, for recipe as written):

  • 270 calories
  • 1.6 g added sugar
  • 3.5 g fiber
  • 8.8 g protein
  • 4.3 mg sodium


  1. Love the mix and match nature of this recipe. Many different ways to enjoy homemade granola.

  2. Beautiful post! I love all the care that you’ve taken to accommodate all the different dieters. Homemade is best!

  3. I love homemade granola, and this one looks particularly delicious! I love how healthy and balanced it is!

  4. Love granola! And homemade is ALWAYS better!

  5. Ahhh, yes!! I enjoy granola, but I’ve kinda gotten away from eating it because of what I’ve heard about sugar. Now I can enjoy it again.

  6. Yum!!! You’re so right about added sugar in the store bought variety!! And why buy it when making it is so simple?! I’m sold!

  7. Fantastic tutorial with all those examples. I made granola a couple times and now would like to try your recipe

    • Thanks Tatiana! I would love to hear how you like this granola recipe and what modifications you try!

  8. I love your cute little charts. They are so helpful for building the granola with whatever ingredients we have! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I am often shocked at how much sugar is in granola when I look at the boxes they sell in store. It’s SO much better to make your own! Love all the different options you have offered here.

  10. I love making homemade granola it’s always so much more delicious and healthier than store bought. Also love that you’ve added avocado oil in this!

    • Thanks Carrie – Yes! With homemade granola you can add all your favorite nuts / seeds / ingredients and skip all the parts you don’t love!

  11. Great recipe and I love how you give all these options so that we can customize our own granola depending on our diets.

  12. Yay for less sweetener and only good fats in homemade!

  13. I love a good homemade granola, and yours looks so yummy. I bet they are delicious over yogurt!

  14. Beautiful recipe. I am sure I’d love it alone or sprinkled on a smoothie bowl!

  15. Great tutorial! i love all the visual options on ways to make it your own! I like versions with all the above, it is fun to play with!

  16. It really is shocking how much sugar is in store-bought granola. And it’s marketed as “health food”! I love the ability to control the ingredients!

    • I completely agree Lindsey… the amount of sugar in store-bought granola is truly shocking. For me, being able to add my family’s favorite ingredients in homemade granola is an easy way to make a favorite first meal of the day healthier and a crowd pleaser.

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