Honey Almond Chia Granola (gluten-free)

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If you’ve been kind enough to put up with my unnecessary blabbing and corny jokes for the past seven months then you probably know how much I adore Greek yogurt. Honestly, I haven’t missed meat very much in the past eight {almost nine} years but I cannot fathom living without yogurt.

I eat it every single morning and just like any food you that you might eat every day for years, things can get a little bland sometimes. I try to mix it up with different toppings such as dark chocolate {insert evil chuckle}, but one of my favorite toppings is this incredibly delicious honey almond chia granola that I found at the grocery store a while back.

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Now I genuinely love that particular store bought granola but the problem is that a) it’s expensive and b) it has a little more added sugar than what I feel is necessary.

After having homemade granola in Tahoe, I realized the answer to all of my problems in life is to move to Tahoe make my own granola.

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And you know what? It was actually kind of fun. Making granola is unbelievably simple {it takes less than ten minutes of hands-on time} and it fills your house with the most delicious scent while baking in the oven.

You can customize it however you like; adding a little dried fruit here or your favorite nuts there.

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Plus, if you’re conscious of your daily refined sugar intake {like I try to be…minus the nightly occasional dessert} then making your own granola is perfect because you can use honey instead of granulated sugar for a subtly sweet flavor.

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If you can’t have honey, you can always use maple syrup or agave nectar in it’s place.

I personally like my granola to have big chunks in it so I added a few egg whites as well but you can leave those out if you are vegan or if you prefer it to be less chunky.

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You can also use any kind of seed you like but I prefer chia for their superfood powers. I know they might look a little scary but other than adding a slight crunch, you can barely tell they are there.

Really, you can just change the entire recipe to suit your heart’s desire but this one is great if you’re looking for a place to start!

 

Honey Almond Chia Granola (gluten-free)

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats*
  • 3/4 cups raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup honey (I used raw, unfiltered)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons egg white (from one egg)

Makes about 24 ounces; *use certified gluten-free for gluten allergies

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almonds, chia seeds, salt and shredded coconut.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the honey, coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and two egg whites.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir until everything is mixed thoroughly.
  5. Spread mixture onto baking sheet so that it is a large, flat rectangular shape.
  6. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. If you prefer not to have large chunks of granola then remove it from the oven at 30 minutes and stir before cooking the remainder of the time. Otherwise, allow granola to cool for at least thirty minutes before breaking up into large chunks.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or top a parfait with freshly sliced peaches and consume immediately.

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I know, somehow peaches managed to find their way into another recipe. They’re just so perfect right now, I can’t help myself.

 

What’s your favorite flavor of granola? Have you ever made your own?

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  • Lisa August 26, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Eee…this granola looks all around lovely!
    I’m such a huge fan of honey these days, and it looks so wonderful added into this gorgeous granola!

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  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run August 26, 2013, 9:31 pm

    I LOVE LOVE making granola, but I’ve never tried using egg whites. Thanks for the idea :)

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    • Sarah August 27, 2013, 7:46 am

      You’re welcome. I perused your vegan granola recipes and they look delicious!

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  • Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 26, 2013, 9:38 pm

    I’ve never tried making my own granola, but your description and gorgeous pictures on how to make it are swaying me! I love granola and literally can’t eat greek yogurt without it!

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  • Amy @ The Little Honey Bee August 27, 2013, 1:21 am

    Yummy! I love make my own granola. I’ve been sticking to nut and seed versions because I’ve been having trouble with oats in my oven as they have been burning. Nooo clue what’s going on there. Love that their are chia seeds in this! Pinned :)
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    • Sarah August 27, 2013, 7:47 am

      Thanks Amy! :)
      I wonder if it has to do with what temp setting you are using on your oven? Maybe cooking at a lower temp for longer would prevent them from burning…

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  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green August 27, 2013, 2:55 am

    Looks great Sarah! I love that you have the vegan substitutes as well, thank ya. Yogourt is definitely one of the things I miss. Vegan yogourt is so gross.. the soy ones anyway. The almond ones aren’t bad but they just aren’t the same as greek yogourt.
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    • Sarah August 27, 2013, 7:48 am

      I know; I’ve tried the vegan yogurts too and they just aren’t the same. :(

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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 27, 2013, 3:14 am

    This looks amazing, Sarah! I’ve only tried making my own granola once… I didn’t watch it closely enough and ended up burning it, so it kind of dissuaded me from trying it again. But I love the idea of being able to control what goes into my cereal, so I’m definitely going to have to give it another shot. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat August 27, 2013, 4:07 am

    Mmmmm…I love granola! I’ve been wanting to make some for the longest time, and this is the perfect recipe to try out! It sounds amazing!

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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven August 27, 2013, 4:18 am

    This recipe is actually perfect! You have basically combined all good things in this world! Going on a road trip for a few days on Friday and have been brainstorming breakfast options. This would be perfect! I’d likely polish it off in the car though before it actually made it to breakfast…
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  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance August 27, 2013, 4:58 am

    This looks so good!! I’ve made homemade granola before with a tropical twist and it’s one of my favorite things. Question: If I don’t have coconut oil, can I use a different type of oil?
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    • Sarah August 27, 2013, 7:50 am

      Absolutely. You can use sunflower oil, canola oil or even olive oil. But I think olive oil might change the flavor some.

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  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 27, 2013, 5:03 am

    This looks so good! Jenna at Eat Live Run has a recipe for chocolate peanut butter granola that I used to make once in a while – it was pretty amazing. I love how you added egg whites for more granola clumpiness, the big hunks are the best part ;-)
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    • Sarah August 27, 2013, 9:05 am

      Okay, now I have to go to Jenna’s blog to get that recipe…sigh. ;)

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  • Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty August 27, 2013, 5:25 am

    I have all of the ingredients in my cupboard for this granola and it looks FAB! I just may need to make some of this! Num!

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  • Carly @ Snack Therapy August 27, 2013, 5:35 am

    I want to dive into that bowl of honey — so pretty! I’m heading up to my parents’ house for labor day weekend, and I’m thinking I can convince my dad (a major coconut + granola + almost lover) to make this for me. [Insert Evil Laugh Here] ;).
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    • Sarah August 27, 2013, 9:04 am

      Yes, put your dad to work! MUAHAHAHA :)

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  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food August 27, 2013, 6:07 am

    Yum! I’ve never made my own granola, but it looks super easy! Maybe a weekend project for me!
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  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness August 27, 2013, 6:35 am

    This look s soo yummy! i love home made granola, its one of the few things i can actually make and not completely mess up on :) i love the idea of adding chia seeds! those peaches look so good too :)

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  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries August 27, 2013, 6:43 am

    I’ve been getting the granola making itch lately, and this is the perfect recipe to get back on the horse with. Looks amazing!
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  • GiGi Eats Celebrities August 27, 2013, 8:03 am

    Pre-made granola companies are going to go out of business! Your combo looks FAR SUPERIOR! :D

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  • Tara August 27, 2013, 8:51 am

    Is it funny I wanted to start my own organic and sustainable granola company a few years ago but never made granola a day in my life? This post looks delicious, maybe you can be your own entrepreneur. :)
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    • Sarah August 28, 2013, 2:20 pm

      That is pretty funny considering you’ve never made it! Granola is such a popular product; I’m sure it would have done well. This granola turned out good but I’m certainly no entrepreneur! :)

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  • Taylor @ greens & chocolate August 27, 2013, 9:32 am

    I am fresh out of my last batch of homemade granola and actually have all of these ingredients on hand. I love chunky granola too so I’m definitely adding the egg whites! Can’t wait to try it!
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    • Sarah August 28, 2013, 2:21 pm

      It was meant to be! I hope you like it. :)

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  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog August 27, 2013, 9:34 am

    I’ve never made my own granola, but would love to try. It seems like the perfect thing to do in the fall/winter because it will fill the house with yummy smells and warmth.
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    • Sarah August 28, 2013, 2:21 pm

      Yes, I agree. A cinnamon version would be perfect for fall!

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  • Sonia the Mexigarian August 27, 2013, 10:27 am

    I have never made granola at home, but I really should give it a try. Seeing how I love mixing it into my yogurt as well :) This looks so easy to make. I have to do this. I also love big clumps for my granola.
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  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} August 27, 2013, 1:18 pm

    Yum! I’m so into granola lately, and my boyfriend loves it too – which is unusual for a breakfast food. I have yet to try chia seeds in mine but have a huge jar of them – I have to make this!
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  • Anne August 27, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I bet the granola tastes great Sarah. I would love to have some right now. I didn’t dare to buy chia seeds yet as they are sooo expensive and I’m not really sure if I’ll use them..same thing with coconut oil. I love California peaches, they were probably my favorite thing to buy at the farmes market, especially the white ones..soo jealous!

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    • Sarah August 28, 2013, 2:23 pm

      I know, it’s unfortunate that chia seeds are so expensive. You could use a cheaper oil like canola though.
      The peaches here are pretty amazing. Although, I’m sure Germany has it’s fair share of specialties too!

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  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate August 27, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Yum, thanks for sharing!!

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  • Becky @ Olives n Wine August 27, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I made my own granola once and it was so much easier than I expected! I love your version with almonds, chia seeds, coconut oil and honey. And although moving to Tahoe might solve all of life’s problems, I think this recipe might help a little too ;)
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  • Annie August 27, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Definitely will try this! I’ve used a simple granola recipe from Peasandthankyou.com with great success :)

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    • Sarah August 28, 2013, 2:29 pm

      Thanks Annie, I hope you like it! :)
      I agree, Sarah’s blog is awesome- she has a ton of great recipes!

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  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures August 27, 2013, 6:19 pm

    I LOVE kind granola because it has chia seeds in the kind I buy, but it is literally $2 MORE expensive than every other kind on the shelf! :) I love this recipe so much because of the chia in there! I can’t stand chia in pudding or yogurt because it gets all gooey but in granola, it’s simply perfect. Beautiful pictures!
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  • Alex @ Kenzie Life August 27, 2013, 7:14 pm

    I am LOVING your blog!! Especially all of your wonderful recipes. I cannot wait to try this! I’m going to make it tomorrow after class and I am so, SO excited! I just bought a big thing of honey so now I have all the ingredients! Serendipity!
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    • Sarah August 27, 2013, 7:43 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Alex! I hope you like it! :)

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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats August 28, 2013, 2:49 am

    That granola looks so delicious! I can’t believe I’ve gone so long and still not made my own granola.
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  • Luv What You Do September 1, 2013, 6:23 am

    I love granola but am always afraid to make my own because I’d eat the ENTIRE thing. This looks delicious!!!
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  • Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy September 4, 2013, 9:49 pm

    I’ve been looking for a healthy and delicious granola recipe, so I can’t wait to try yours!
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    • Sarah September 5, 2013, 7:21 am

      Thanks Melissa! I hope you like it. :)

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  • Elizabeth September 9, 2013, 2:52 pm

    Just starting out with a gluten free diet. This sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing. I will try this soon. :)
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  • Liz March 9, 2014, 2:56 pm

    The liquid mixture “pour over” is so tasty on this recipe. I did not use the egg whites and if you leave it alone until it is completely cooled you can break it off into chunks..big or small. I also only baked for 30 minutes because mine was getting brown.

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  • Steph May 3, 2014, 6:01 pm

    omg yum! i made this morning, my house smelt beautiful! and the taste was wonderful. i love chia seeds and its a great source of tasty fibre. thanks so much for the recipe! definitely my new sunday morning recipe for my weeks breakfast

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    • Sarah May 5, 2014, 12:07 pm

      Thank you for the feedback, Steph! :)

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  • Ella May 16, 2014, 2:45 pm

    literally cannot stop eating this. holy yum. WOW! I omitted the egg whites and decreased the coconut oil to a little over a quarter of a cup. deliciously crispy big chunks of granola goodness. thanks so much for this great recipe, I think it might become my staple granola recipe! BTW my YouTube channel is linked to this comment and I recently posted a recipe video for homemade, healthy/natural power bars that I thought you might enjoy. Just FYI, check it out if you’d like! Thanks again for the recipe :)

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  • GT September 17, 2014, 8:31 pm

    What are the nutritional facts?

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    • Sarah September 18, 2014, 7:09 am

      I don’t have the nutritional facts but if you enter the web address from this page into the My Fitness Pal website (you have to create an account and then go to recipes) then it will import the ingredients for you. From there you can select how many servings you get from one batch and then it will calculate the stats for you. I hope that helps!

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  • Jessica September 26, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I would love to make this. Any idea how I could use this recipe to make granola bars? Thanks!

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