Maple SunButter Granola

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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 : )

Maple SunButter Granola

Makes about 4 cups granola (8, 1/2 cup servings)
Gluten-free, Vegan; Free of: dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy


  • 2 cups old fashioned gluten-free oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup SunButter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional dried fruit mix-ins: raisins or craisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the gluten-free oats, flax meal, salt, coconut, and sunflower seeds until mixed well
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together the maple syrup, SunButter, and vanilla until well blended
  4. Mix the maple/Sunbutter blend into the dry ingredients until the oats are well coated
  5. Spread the granola on a cookie sheet/jelly roll pan and bake in the oven about 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Stir halfway through (after about 10 minutes) to promote even cooking and prevent burning
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely
  7. Stir in your favorite dried fruit if using (about 1/2 cup, to your preference)
  8. Pour granola into a large airtight container. It is best to store this in the fridge since it has flaxseed in it
  9. Enjoy!


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    • says

      Hi Kate, thanks for letting me know the recipe was missing! I have been having troubles with one of my old recipe plugins and it has been deleting recipes. I went ahead and added my recipe back into the post so it should be there now :)

  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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