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Simple Healthy Nutty Granola – No Refined Sugar

Flexible Low Sugar Granola Recipe

I LOVE granola, it is one of my breakfast and snack staples.  My kids love granola as a snack or with their yogurt too. What I do not love is how much added sugar/sweetener is in most packaged brands.  Many packaged brands can have more sugar than packaged desserts!  You can read here on why it is important to make your own and/or what to look for when shopping for granola.  This article helps rank popular granola brands based on their nutritional/sugar content.  Lastly, I thought this was a helpful article as well.   It claims the rule of thumb is to be less than 8 grams of sugar per serving.

For those reasons, granola is something I like to make because I like to be able to control the sugar in it.  Granola is one of those really simple things to make, but most people do not make the time to do it.  Based on 1/4 cup serving, this recipe only has 2 grams of sugar!  Which is why I want to convince you that you should make this simple healthy nutty granola.

This recipe is meant to show you that you could most likely make it today based on what you have in your pantry.  You do not need to go out and buy special ingredients for it.  My simple healthy nutty granola is flexible, low in sugar, and based on your own favorites.  Comment if you try it and tell me what your favorite combination is!  If you have a nut allergy I have a nut free easy granola recipe as well!

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Simple Nutty Granola

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course:Breakfast, Snack
Keyword:Granola, Kid Friendly, Quick Recipes


  • 3 cups rolled oats I love the Trader Joes ones
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tbs oil canola or avocado - you can also use coconut or olive oil but they will change the taste of the granola
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 TBS maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts and seeds we like cashews, walnuts, sliced almonds and pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit optional


  • Pre-heat oven to 325
  • Whisk oil, maple syrup and vanilla
  • Mix together oats, flax and nuts and seeds in a medium bowl
  • Add wet ingredients and mix through
  • Spread mixture on a lined 11x17 pan
  • Bake for 20 mins – stir and rotate pan half way through baking time
  • Let cool 5-10 minutes
Did you make this recipe?I would love to see your creations! Snap a picture and tag @kristanwatson or #foodplaygo on Social Media!


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