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Healthy Oil-Free Granola

This homemade oil-free granola is easy to make and perfect for a healthy breakfast. Serve it in a bowl with your favorite plant-based milk and a handful of fresh fruit, or use it as topping on oatmeal, yogurt, or just as a simple snack on its own. It’s naturally sweetened, crispy, and full of crunchy clusters.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Sara @ Gathering Dreams



  • Preheat the oven to 325F (160C).
  • Add the rolled oats, chopped nuts, sunflower seeds into a large bowl and mix well. Then add the date syrup and unsweetened apple sauce and mix everything until combined.
  • Distribute the granola in a flat layer on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Bake the granola for 15 minutes, then stir and bake for another 15-20 minutes until it starts to turn slightly golden brown. Keep an eye on it for the last 8-10 minutes; you don’t want it to burn.
  • Remove it from the oven. Add the dry fruits, and let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.
  • Enjoy in a bowl with some plant-based milk, fresh or frozen fruit, and a drizzle of almond butter.


Note 1: If you can’t easily find date syrup, you can use the same amount of maple syrup instead.
Note 2: You can use one small mashed banana for a sweeter taste.
How to store oil-free granola: Once your homemade healthy granola is completely cooled down, you can simply store it in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks. I love using these Weck mason jars!
*Each serving is about 1/2 a cup of granola. Nutrition information is a rough estimate per servings.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg