Refined-Sugar-Free Homemade Granola With Mixed Nuts


This is my first attempt at making homemade granola. I don’t know what took me so long! It’s filled with goodies like cashews, walnuts, ginger, cinnamon, and raw honey.

I plan to give it as a holiday treat for friends and family. It’s perfect as a topping on yogurt, puddings and ice cream. Or just eaten by the handful with a glass of dessert wine 😉

Recipe easily adapted to be gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian.

Make ahead and freezer friendly.

RECIPE – Prep Time/15 Min – Bake Time/75 min – Yield/3 lbs


3 1/2 cup rolled oats (use gluten free oats to make gluten free)

2 cups raw mixed chopped nuts (I used cashews, walnuts, pecans and almonds)

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter (use coconut oil to make dairy free and vegetarian)

1/2 cup honey (I used raw organic honey)

2 teaspoons Homemade Vanilla Extract or store bought



1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, spices and salt until well combined.


3. In a saucepot over low heat, combine the butter and honey. Simmer until the butter is completely melted and then add vanilla extract.


4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well.


5. Using a rubber spatula, spread the granola mixture onto the baking sheet so it’s evenly distributed and bake for 75 minutes. Enjoy as your house fills up with nutty, sweet and awesome aromas.


6. Let the baked granola cool completely before storing.



I absolutely love my Snapware BPA-free set, which I originally purchased from Costco. Click the link to find it on Amazon- Snapware 1104524 18-Piece Airtight Plastic Container Set


– To make granola bars instead of cereal, use steel cut oats instead of rolled oats.

– Good in an airtight container at room temp for up to 2 weeks.


Here’s how I plan to make it a festive holiday gift:


ribbonandjar ribbononjar

Here’s a close up of the tag- I used a gift tag and wrote a cute little description:



Don’t forget to write the Best By date on the tag.

I bought a set of these jars from Ikea forever ago and was so excited to find the exact one on Amazon!

To shop these jars, click below. You get 2 in a set:


If your giftee doesn’t like the granola, well, they get this ultra cool jar good for storing jams, candies and whatnot. Although I cannot imagine who wouldn’t love getting homemade granola made with top notch ingredients.

This is funny and random:  as I’m writing this, I realized that I had completely forgot to add vanilla extract! My kids distracted me (my default excuse for lots of things).

My husband had commented that he thought it was made well, but not very sweet. My best friend, who I gave a sample to try, loved it! And she’s the type to shoot straight with me. Personally, I don’t enjoy overly sweet food, so I loved it too. My picky eater 4 year old didn’t take to it well, but my 20 month old ate it by the spoonfuls with a side of sliced pineapple at snack time.

So, let me know how you like it with or without the vanilla!

Spread the love and share the recipe.

Have a wonderful holidays, dear reader!



*Original recipe from my copy of 100 Days of Real Food cookbook. It’s also on the 100DaysOfRealFood blog here. I would not be exaggerating by saying that this cookbook changed my life. I bought it while on vacation on the day it was released. It was the first cookbook I read cover to cover. It’s not just a cookbook- it’s a real life nutrition guide and contains timeless advice on how to take care of your family. You can shop it on Amazon by clicking the link here- 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love


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  1. Danica December 15, 2014

    Looks delicious, Kelly! If only my oven was working I’d make this the next day, Nathan loves granola! Love how you included how to make it into a gift. Such a great idea!

  2. Danica December 15, 2014

    Maybe I can still try it on my toaster oven?

    • kelly
      kelly December 15, 2014

      Oh no, hope your oven is up and running soon. I think this would make a good teacher and neighbor gift. I had a burst of creativity out of nowhere haha.

      • Segio March 25, 2015

        Looking forward to mnkiag this recipe!! I have so much pumpkin it’s not even funny!! I should add the white chocolate chips after the oven stage, right?? Just checking. Will probably be posting a flurry of pumpkin recipes at my blog!Happy Thanksgiving!!xoxo

  3. Linda December 16, 2014

    Agree 100 days of real food has change me. While I was already health concious it widened my eyes more!

    • Kelly K
      Kelly K December 17, 2014

      The nutrition info in it was written in such a “real life” straightforward way- love it!

      • Fernanda March 25, 2015

        I’m learning more and more that this whole North American ooiesssbn with pumpkin baked goods is less about actual pumpkin than sugar + pumpkin pie spices. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course! Spices and sugar sure as heck are delicious.

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