Maple SunButter Granola

I love granola. The crunchy, sweet goodness of whole grains and nuts is so satisfying! My mom used to make granola when I was growing up, and it was one of my favorite breakfasts (especially when it was made with peanut butter!). My mom was certainly on to something: homemade granola is an inexpensive breakfast option that is healthy and easy to make. Here is a basic, allergy-friendly granola recipe that can easily be customized to suit your tastes : )



  1. says

    This is delicious! I used homemade sunflower seed butter (leftover from a cookie recipe) and ground flaxseeds. I forgot both the salt and vanilla, but it turned out great without them. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. says

    This isn’t actually a nut-free recipe. Coconut is a tree nut! Omit the coconut and is it truly allergy-friendly that sounds delicious. This is important to know if someone is making this snack for a friend with food allergies. No one wants to accidentally send a friend to the ER!

    • says

      Thanks for your input! However, coconuts are not a true nut, but rather the seed of a drupaceous fruit. Coconut was never considered a tree nut until 2006 when the FDA began requiring manufacturers to label coconut as a tree nut (because of the name coco”nut”). Botanically speaking, coconut is not a tree nut and people rarely if ever have cross reactions to coconut. FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) has some good info on their page on tree nut allergies: . My daughter has severe tree nut allergies and has never reacted to coconut, but I always tell people to check with their doctor first if they have any doubts or questions.

      • says

        My point is that I would never classify this recipe as not having nuts. My husband and children are among those with tree nut allergies that are also allergic to coconut. If a well meaning friend made this recipe, I would be rushing to the ER or even worse could lose a loved one. When you look at it that way, you put semantics behind you. Coconut is a tricky classification, but all tree nuts really are. A person can be allergic to one type of tree nut and not another. However, doctors recommend that people who show a true allergic reaction to one kind avoid them all. This really is a great recipe and I don’t want to sound like I am giving you a hard time. However, you being a parent of a child with a severe food allergy should understand.

        • says

          Again, thanks for your input. My reasoning is based on science, not semantics. If any friend makes a recipe for your family, you should always ask what is in. However, in keeping with FDA regulations, I will remove the label “nut-free”. If you have any more concerns, please send me an email.


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