My basic granola recipe

Gluten-free granola

Gluten-free granola


This is a post about my basic granola recipe…

… or also, about a recipe to make when you have to empty your pantry.

Empty your house.

We are nearly finished packing. I actually love going through our things and sorting through the essentials. Looking through boxes of memories or small tokens from years past like the baby clothes my great aunt had knitted for Jon and Miren. Little treasures. But also, a lot of things we can definitely live without. I love the feeling of downsizing – an early Spring cleaning.

Yesterday I raided my pantry. So many whole grain flours, oils, spices, salts, nuts, seeds… And what to make with all of them? Well, granola of course.

Here I share my basic granola recipe that I adapt depending on what I have on hand, but the ratio always stays the same. In this version, I used almost everything I had in the pantry. I actually doubled the recipe and gave some to friends.

Almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, flaxseeds, chia seeds, black and white sesame, poppy seeds, blueberries and cranberries. All together flavored with vanilla, sea salt and black pepper.


I’ll update you on our move soon too!


Gluten-free granola

3 cups (300g) gluten-free rolled oats (you can even use quinoa flakes)
1 1/2 cups (180 g) nuts and seeds – I used a combination of slivered almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, cashews, black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds
1/2 cup (125 ml) apple juice
1/2 cup (125 ml) maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cup (180 g) dried fruit – I used dried blueberries and cranberries

Preheat oven to 325F (160C).

Combine the oats, nuts and seeds in a large bowl.

Combine the apple juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt and black pepper in a medium saucepan. Gently heat all together until salt is dissolved and coconut oil liquified. Pour liquid over the dry ingredients and toss to coat. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes until golden. Make sure to stir the mixture about every 15 minutes to make sure it is evenly baked.

Let the granola cool completely. It will become crunchier as it sits. Stir in the dried fruit when completely cool. Store in an airtight container for a few weeks.

Serve with fruit over yogurt or milk.

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103 Responses to “My basic granola recipe”

  1. MikeVFMK says:

    Beautiful Aran! We like to do the same thing when we work our way through our pantry before we head away. Love all your ingredients.

  2. argone says:

    Je ne savais pas que tu déménageais … j’ai du louper des articles !! Très chouette ton granola, et bonne chance pour les placards à vider !

  3. Elisa says:

    Whoa, this seems flavourful to say the least! I’ve never tasted granola, but I’m curious, I tend to like crunchy bits like crushed nougat on fruit, yogurt or ice cream, so maybe I will try a version of it… Maybe simpler than this, as a start :-)
    I’m going through the emptying of my pantry too, but for less adventurous reasons: just to make space for the hot season products; I’ve still some poached peaches that I made on August!
    Good Luck for this new adventure! Living in a new state with new friends and… new climate will be actually interesting and excting, even if maybe a bit of a challenge with two little ones… Hope to read here good news soon! :-)

  4. This is so wonderful. Good luck on your move. I like to use bit and pieces in my granola all the time, even once have savory ingredients in it once.

  5. Rosa says:

    It looks delicious! Great flavors.



  6. Nice and easy recipe, similar to how I make my granola. I will try your variation soon!
    As always, your pictures are stunning! Hope I can join one of your workshops in the future to learn from you!

  7. Seanna Lea says:

    I need to make something like this. I’m trying not to replace any flours right now, so I need to make a lot more things using my nut flours (and find someone who wants my xanthan gum so I can just buy a new bag when I move rather than most likely getting it everywhere).

    My oven is completely blocked off at the moment, but hopefully this weekend. I’ll mix your recipe and the Joy the Baker one and come up with something delicious!

  8. Preparing for a move is so exciting and I love the organizing/downsizing too! My husband and I are moving from Colorado to Ireland and I’m a bit daunted by the task of using up my pantry ingredients before we go. My mom always says you should eat an elephant one bite at a time, so maybe this granola is a good start!

  9. Juliana says:

    Delicious! Yesterday evening I made granola since we were running out. I always make my own and never buy anymore… it’s so much better. Good luck with your move.

  10. I loved our move, a few years ago because of the very same reasons. Treasured things rediscovered and old things let go of – such a fresh start! And, I got to completely rearrange my kitchen!!! It works so smoothly and beautifully, now! =]

    But it is a lot of work and upheaval! Best wishes to you and your family!!!


  11. Yum yum yum!! Looks so good, and so appealing that it’s not unhealthy, either. Good luck with all the packing and planning, my dear! xo

  12. Natasha says:

    I love going through and sorting things too! It’s the only good part about packing, I think.

    I have been looking for a basic granola recipe that uses a bit less oil. I love the addition of apple juice and maple syrup. Will definitely be giving this a try!

  13. Giulia says:

    I never make Granola and I never buy it either. Just never have the urge to eat it. But this looks delicious and interesting with the chia seeds and both types of sesame seeds. I might have to get over my non-granola and try this.
    Good luck with your packing and enjoy the trip down memory lane.

  14. Megan says:

    What a beautiful batch of granola! I must say I am curious about adding the black pepper, but I’m sure it’s delicious as your recipes have never failed me before! Good luck with the rest of your packing and moving. Sounds like you are in the home stretch now.

  15. Ana Maria says:

    Each week I bake the same granola I’ve been baking for years and I don’t change it because I love the way it tastes as is. BUT, this recipe, with it’s black pepper and apple juice, has piqued my interest in the unconventional and I’ll have to give it a shot. Good luck with the rest of your move!

  16. I love love love granola…… Your images are stunning once again lovely…. I also really liked the inclusion of the pepper and salt… Good luck with your move (I think the whole world is moving at the moment, me included)

  17. Thanks Aran for this great recipe ! I’ve never made Granola myself and I find it very interesting that you use pepper and salt. I feel so much like you right now, we are also downsizing a lot a cleaning the house, since we are moving from Europe to America this year. Hope everything goes well for you, moving is always both stressful and exciting.

    And before moving back to Canada, thanks to your beautiful blog and the way you talk about the Basque country, we are officially going to visit in september !

    I can’t wait to know where you are moving, I’ve been checking the blog everyday :)

  18. caitlyn says:

    So funny. I just made granola earlier today (first time in years) that tasted like banana bread to me. Yours sounds so good and I love the addition of black pepper. Definitely will try this :). Thank you.

    May your move flow with ease and grace.

  19. Móna Wise says:

    I love the Salt & Pepper added for the sweet n’ savoury taste.
    Good luck with the move .. it is cleansing to let go of a lot of unessential items –
    then you get to treasure the more important keepsakes even more.

    Is that spoon from Anthropologie ? Love it/covet it.

  20. Thanks for the recipe. I’m always trying to find a great granola, I do and then it’s no longer available. It’ll be fun playing around with this. Love the photo with the thinly sliced apples, great colours. GG

  21. Recipe looks great Aran. Never thoght to add black pepper in a granola recipe. Does the taste show much? Does your kids like the taste of B. pepper? Mine not that much. How does it affect the recipe or add to it?

    • Aran says:


      The recipe makes about 7 cups of granola so the 1/2 teaspoon is not too spicy. Just adds another note. My kids don’t really notice much but they do like black pepper in general.

  22. melissa says:

    Where are you moving????

  23. Bob says:

    Simply beautiful. Recipe looks great, love your pictures too. :)

  24. Lisa says:

    I am making this tonight! I wish I had granola this morning as I was eating my plain greek yogurt. Looks delicious!

  25. Yamilka says:

    Felicidades, Aran; que maravilla que se muden al PNW! Les encantara residir en la costa izquierda. Nosotros nos mudamos de Lakeland, FL a Portland, OR en el 2010 y estamos super felices! Con Bob Red Mill cerca, tengo bastante ingredientes para hacer tu granola. Gracias y buena suerte!!!!

  26. Tracey says:

    This is perfect! My husband is trying so hard to eat healthier and he mentioned that granola would be his first pick for breakfast now. So this recipe comes at a great time! Did I miss it somewhere but where are you moving? Exciting! Hope you are doing well.

  27. Diana says:

    Looks beautifully delicious and good for you!

  28. Zainab says:

    Lovely recipe and oh-so beautiful photography (as usual). I can’t wait to try it, I’m intrigued about the idea of chocolate granola so this would be great!

  29. The colours and patterns work incredibly well. Inspiring

  30. Heather says:

    I love the delicate nature to every photo of yours. The thinly sliced apples, the decorative spoons. It is always just beautiful. I bought your book two weeks ago & have been enveloped in it. Thank you for sharing your world with all of us here.

  31. Eileen says:

    I make granola on a weekly basis for my husband and myself, but will be making this granola for my daughter who is gluten intolerant. It might even replace the granola in our house!
    Good luck with the move! Very exciting.

  32. This is not only delicious sounding but gorgeous as well! I love to make my own granola and will definitely add this recipe to my granola arsenal! :) Good luck on the move!

  33. This looks exquisite – I’m off to make something similar now that I’m feeling all inspired!

  34. I love granola, but never tried to do my own! It seems to be easy, i’m going to try your recipe! Thanx for sharing it! Simona

  35. lisa b. says:

    yum… made your granola this morning…. sooo good… every recipe tastes amazing.. made coconut dougnuts over the weekend.. no words describe how delicious… my husband was in love.

  36. A quick breakfast is quite hard to find, without resorting to the numerous sugary untouchable supermarket foods…. I love yoghurt with granola, lovely photos as always! Yuki

  37. Julia says:

    I made this granola immediately after reading your post and it came out amazing! My husband is already addicted and after a few days I already need to make another batch :) muchas gracias!!

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  41. Budour says:

    I made this as soon as I read this post and the first batch is already gone! Will have to make this weekly! Thank you for posting this!

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  45. Pippa says:

    Looks divine. I’m really intrigued by your usage of black pepper, I make granola quite a lot ( and experiment with mixed spice, vanilla, etc… but I’ve not yet tried black pepper. Is it quite noticeable, or does it just give it a bit of a background ‘hum’? Either way, is now definitely on my wish-list of recipes to try!

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  47. Dina says:

    Made this last night – my first attempt at granola for my husband and he absolutely loved it! I made it at 11pm and he couldn’t wait until breakfast to have it :) One question – mine seemed to be “clunky” in big chunks, how did you get your flakes to separate and not stick together?

    • Aran says:

      It happens sometimes and all you do is break them apart. You could also put it in kitchen aid with paddle attachment (once cold) to break it up. Did you measure by cups or weight? You might have used slightly more liquid or slightly less dry ingredients if you measured by cups. Glad you liked it!

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    Hi! I have just made granola using your recipe. It looks and smells delicious, and I can’t wait to try it at breakfast time tomorrow! Thanks :-)

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  58. Janine says:

    thanks for this recipe. i can just agree to what others said before…now that i have good ratios, i free to be creative and/or clean out my pantry…loving it. i also used different juices…if you use high quality organic juice high in flavour you can still taste it after the baking. cherry and rhubarb are my favs so far…

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