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Healthy Homemade Granola w/o added sugars or oils

Updated: May 5, 2020

Today I have a simple recipe for you all to try out. Quick to make and so delicious. Homemade granola without any added oils or sugars! Also your kitchen will smell of cinnamon and roasted nuts, which I love!


I love eating Granola, yet the store bought ones always have a high percentage of added sugars...

I have been making this Granola for years now, I made it in college almost every Sunday for the following week. That means it is budget friendly, which also college students can easily create in their kitchen.

So what I was aiming for was Granola that is low fat and low sugar. There are many recipes that call for coconut oil, which will make the oatmeal stick together and therefore create clusters. Others use syrup and honey, but if you are a student you don't really have the budget to buy those things, especially if you chose the organic ones.

Therefore, I use applesauce to combine the oats with the seeds and the nuts. It's sticky and you can use as much as you like, until you get the results you want.

I make my own applesauce, which just requires you to peel a few apples, add them to a pot with some water, bring to a boil, let them simmer until the apples soften and then stir until the apple mush make a sauce.

Below you will find my own recipe, but feel free to experiment.

You can add in WHATEVER you like!

  • NUTS: Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Peanuts

  • SEEDS: Sesame, Pumpkin, Sunflower

  • DRIED FRUITS: Raisins, Cranberries, Apricots

SO let's get started!


  • 4 cups of old fashioned rolled Oats

  • 1 cup Applesauce

  • 1 tsp Organic Honey (or agave syrup)

  • 1 pinch of Salt

  • 2 tsp Cinnamon

  • 1 Tbs Sesame Seeds

  • 1 Tbs Flax Seeds

  • 1 Tbs Pumpkin Seeds

  • 2 Tbs Quinoa Puffs

  • 1 handful of Nuts of your choice (eg.: Almonds, Hazelnuts, Walnuts...)

to add later:

  • coconut flakes

  • raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 300 Fahrenheit / 150 C degrees

  2. Combine oats, seeds, nuts, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

  3. Add the applesauce and honey to the mixture. Mix well. The oats should look wet.

  4. Transfer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the Granola to a 1,5m thick layer.

  5. Bake for about 25 min, then add in any dried fruits and coconut flakes. You don t want them to burn. Bake for another 10 min until golden. The kitchen should smell of cinnamon and roasted oats.

  6. Let cool completely, before you store in an air-tight container.


Recipe Notes

I use applesauce as the main source of sweetness for my granola, if you like it sweeter add more organic honey or maple syrup!

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