Homemade Granola Cereal

When I was in college, I studied abroad in Paris for a summer. I lived with a French family while I was there, so I was able to appreciate not only French cuisine available in Parisian restaurants, but household foods as well. As far as breakfast goes, the French are pretty minimalist, but my host mother indulged her American exchange student (me) and bought a box of granola cereal. It was the best cereal I had ever eaten. The granola was a wonderful mixture of raisins, oats, nuts, and just a hint of chocolate.

Since going gluten-free, I have not enjoyed a bowl of cold cereal. Not once. I have tried a couple of brands and found them lacking. I really wanted that cold bowl of fiber-packed granola cereal. Today, I finally had my gluten-free granola cereal. It had that hint of chocolate just like my bowl of cereal in France did.

cereal Homemade Granola Cereal


2 cups certified gluten-free oats

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup dates

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup organic natural crunchy peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

5 tablespoons of butter (or use coconut oil for better shelf life)


Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, butter (coconut oil), and vanilla. Once the peanut butter mixture is combined, mix it with the dry ingredients until the oat mixture is moistened. Press the granola in a shallow pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. *The granola will get crispier and crunchier as it cools.

Cool for at least 20 minutes and store in a sealed container.

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15 Responses to “Homemade Granola Cereal”

  1. Oh ! Yum, Natalie!
    That looks great.
    I think we share flavor-buds, huh? I have used dried cherries instead of chocolate chips. I’ll have to try the chocolate (MMMMM!!!) for breakfast one day soon!

    And yes – I agree GF commercial cereals are seriously lacking!

    Thank goodness for yours! This looks GREAT!

  2. Natalie -
    This looks AWESOME. Funny, I love granola, good granola, but hadn’t thought of making my own.

    I have never been big on cereal in the first place myself. But occasionally something in cold milk is very very good.

    Yummy recipe.

    Glad you are back!

  3. that sounds absolutely delicious natalie! I love granola too! The last time I tried some storebought I got sick, so I will have to try this!! I’m SOOOO glad they have gluten-free oats!! I can’t wait to try this out!

  4. Have you tried Bakery on Main gluten free granola? It’s really good — and you can buy it on Amazon. I love it mixed with plain yogurt.

  5. Kate- The commercial cereals are really lacking- and they normally consist of a lot of corn.

    SM- It is easy and fun. Anything goes! I love recipes like that!

    Carrie- I have made that mistake before too! I am really enjoying eating oatmeal and granola again.

    Roch- Thanks for commenting! I have not tried that brand. I will look into it. I am always looking for great products, thanks! :)

  6. This sounds great, Natalie! Do you think it would work to use 1/4 cup ground flax seeds, instead of whole flax seeds? I’ve heard that the pointy ends can be troublesome to sensitive GI tracts. NB: ground flax seeds should be kept in the freezer.

    Also, are you referring to salted/unsalted/roasted/raw sunflower seeds? And do you recommend sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut?

    I bet this recipe would be good with almond butter instead of peanut butter and maybe some extra almond extract. I just received a bottle of almond extract, so I am on the lookout for recipes to use it in. :)

  7. Michelle- I did roasted sunflower seeds, sweetened coconut, and I might eyeball the ground flax seed -maybe use a little less? It should be easy to tell once you have it mixed up. Great variation ideas!!!

  8. [...] at Gluten-Free Mommy will tempt you with her granola with -gasp – chocolate chips!  Granola from Paris, nonetheless.  [...]

  9. Hi Natalie,
    I’m pretty new at this gluten free stuff but am very anxious to try this recipe. Breakfast has been my hardest time to go gluten and evap cane sugar free. Thank-you much, this sounds fabulous.

  10. hi natalie, can you give a suggestion instead of peanut butter. I have a great spelt agave crunch but i want a gluten free alternative. i didnt know you could get gluten free oatmeal but i still dont want the kids to have peanut butter before they are 5. many thanks, fiona

  11. This is by far the best recipe I’ve ever discovered. I eat it every morning! I will never go back to boxed cereal – thank you so much! =)

  12. I just wanted to say that I made this granola and it is amazing. I did change one little thing and I was very happy with it. I’m not big on dates so I used dried cranberries instead. It was a nice sweet surprise.

    Also, those who have problems with dairy… I mixed some of this with goats yogurt. It’s a great breakfast for someone with a busy lifestyle!

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  14. Thank you so much for this recipee. I have a 5 year old who needs to eat GF. One of her favorite things is granola and the store bought ones aren’t that great. She eats them, but I am excited to go make this for her right now! The picture looks like real granola! She’ll be thrilled.

  15. This is fabulous. I’ve made it several times and love it. I’m sure you could easily cut the granola into strips to create your own granola bars too. Gluten Free Mommy’s recipes are the best I’ve found!

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