Gluten free vegan granola + how to create your own granola recipe

Find out my favourite gluten free, vegan granola & how you can make your own too!

Granola! One of the kings of breakfast world. I am well and truly currently obsessed with it -crunchy, salty, sweet, and perfect with all my favourite breakfasts.

The thing I love most about granola is when it makes those beautiful golden crunchy clusters. In most granola recipes, Oats is the main base ingredient – so when I had to cut out gluten in my diet (thus, oats) finding a good granola in-store was either way too expensive or just not all that satisfying.

Luckily, after playing around some more in the kitchen, I came up with this champion of a gluten free, oat-less, crunchy granola.

Gluten free vegan granola - Crunchy, delicious, clustery goodness! Click through to see the recipe and find out how to make your very own granola recipe.
Gluten free vegan granola

Cooking, baking and creating meals in the kitchen is one of the ways I like to express my creativity and it really helps to calm my mind. Happy mind = happier body = happier day = happier me. I guess to me it’s kind of like another form of meditation – but BETTER because I usually get rewarded by delicious tasting foods afterwards.

Gluten free vegan granola - Crunchy, delicious, clustery goodness! Click through to see the recipe and find out how to make your very own granola recipe.
Gluten free vegan granola served with coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit

Granola is one of those things where you can really have a lot of fun with. So I really encourage you to give this recipe a go and also not to be afraid of mixing it up a bit as well – get creative! Fun and creativity, after all, is the best recipe to a happy mind and a happy mind leads to a happy body.

My favourite ways to eat granola is:

• On top of some nice-cream (banana ice cream)

• With coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit and maple syrup

• As cereal with some plant milk and bananas

Gluten free vegan granola
Dry ingredients for granola

Here are some things you need to know about Granola (and how to have fun with it)

  1. Choose your base(s):
  • Quinoa flakes
  • Rice flakes
  • Activated/ raw buckwheat
  • Rice puffs
  • If you are fortunate enough that gluten agrees with your stomach then go ahead and use raw or rolled oats if you so wish – or certified gluten free oats if your stomach doesn’t and you are lucky enough to find them.

2. Add some crunch with nuts and seeds ( you just use a variety of seeds if nuts don’t agree with you)

3. Add some sweetness

  • Dried fruits: dried apricots, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, etc etc. ( i could go on – this is where you can really experiment)
  • Grated apple or grated lemon/orange rind
  • Liquid sweetener of your choice (Maple syrup, agave, molasses, coconut nectar, apple sauce coconut sugar,etc.)

4. Add your coating

  • Coconut oil
  • Liquid sweetener
  • Nut butter / sunflower seed butter
Gluten free granola recipe
Wet mixture for granola recipe


  1. For an oil free option you can exclude the oil and add a little extra of your liquid sweetener.
  2. Other additional options you can add for flavour:
  • Spices: all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • Chocolate
  • Essential oils: lemon, lime, orange, peppermint (mixing a few drops of peppermint oil with come dark chocolate in there would be delish!)
  • PB2 Powder – this adds an amazing nutty flavour to the granola – it is honestly the best ingredient in my opinion – it’s an absolute game changer. You can buy it online here:
Gluten free vegan granola
Gluten free vegan granola

My vegan granola recipe:

Makes two large mason jars full (and makes for full happy tummies too!)


Dry ingredients:

1 cup quinoa flakes

2 1/2 cups rice puffs

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup golden flaxmeal (+ 1 TBSP for the flax egg)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup seeds of your choice – I used a sunflower, pepita and pine nut mix.

1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any dried fruit of your choice)

1/4 cup PB2 powder – THIS!!! is an absolute game changer and MUST in your granola ( You can buy it from most health supermarkets or on iHerb – check the notes for the link).

Wet ingredients:

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

1/3 cup maple syrup


1/4 cup grated apple

1 tsp cinnamon (add to dry ingredients mix)


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (fan forced).
  2. Mix together your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon and mix.
  3. Grate your apple and squeeze out the juices of the apple. Do this a couple times to make sure the apple is as dry as possible. Add to dry mix.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to a pot on medium heat and whisk together to get rid of any clumps in the coconut oil (chunky bits of peanut butter are accepted and recommended).
  5. Let mixture of wet ingredients cool slightly before adding to dry ingredients.
  6. To make the flax egg mix together 1 TBSP of golden flaxmeal and 3 TBSP of water. Let sit for approximately 3 minutes so that it thickens slightly.
  7. Mix together ingredients to allow for everything to be coated evenly. Be careful not to over stir it or the ingredients wont clump together to form clusters!
  8. Once the ingredients are all coated, evenly spread the mixture on a baking tray ( I used two) lined with baking paper.
  9. Place tray(s) in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until crunchy and a dark golden colour.
  10. Once golden and crunchy, take out the trays and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  11. Now (only now!) break apart granola. This will help to form large clusters and keep them from falling apart.


I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. If you do try the recipe let me know by commenting down below or sharing your creation with me by tagging me in your instagram shares 🙂 I would love to see your creations.

Much love



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