Homemade Granola (Sugar Free!)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 12, 2011

Some people like their granola extra, extra, extra sweet.

I am not one of those people. I much prefer adding some fresh fruit to a not-so-sweet granola…for a perfectly healthy and balanced (and filling) breakfast!

Or afternoon snack.

Charlie devoured his bowl of granola topped with strawberries. Even asked for a second bowl.

And asked for it again the next afternoon…before we got back into the house from the bus stop!

Float it in some milk.

Sprinkle it on top of yogurt. Or make a parfait.

Or top with some fresh fruit.

Whatever. floats. your. granola. boat!

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Homemade Granola (sugar free!)

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 25-30 minutes


  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 3 cups traditional oats
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted


  • Preheat the oven to 300. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together the 2 kinds of oats with the cinnamon. Stir in the maple syrup, applesauce and melted butter. Mix well.
  • Spread the granola onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Check the granola after 20 minutes and turn around the edges of they become too dark. (They shouldn’t when cooking on the parchment or silicone mat.)
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container, or in a plastic freezer baggie in the freezer.
  • Enjoy homemade granola with milk and fresh fruit, yogurt and berries, or mixed into a pantry trail mix.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Carissa September 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

This sounds DELICIOUS! I am making it next week, for sure.


Jeni September 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Will this turn out ok if you just have quick cooking oats? I have everything but the Old Fashioned oats on hand. I really want to make this…thanks!


Chrissy November 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I’m sure it will be fine. I have to make this for a class project. :)


Marishannon September 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I have the opposite problem as Jenny – I only have old fashioned. Could I just use that or should I whirl half of that in the blender quickly?


joanna September 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

THANK YOU. Yes, this is a sugar-free recipe, but it’s also a NUT FREE recipe, and that’s really hard to find. With a nut-allergic husband, I’ve deprived myself of granola in the house for a long time. I’ll have to try this!


Beth September 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

It’s really a no sugar added recipe. You can’t call it sugar-free when you add maple syrup.


Alicia September 13, 2011 at 2:52 am

I agree, if you add Maple sugar or honey to something you can call it sugar free. As a diabetic it’s all sugar


Alicia September 13, 2011 at 2:53 am

I agree, if you add Maple sugar or honey to something you can call it sugar free. As a diabetic it’s all sugar. More recipes are needed for folks to no use fake sugar as well as real sugar. So hard to find


Claire September 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

Question: How long will this keep in an air-tight container? 1 week? 2 weeks? More?

Beth & Alicia: we use sugar-free syrup (Carey’s…I get it in the baking section at Kroger), and it tastes great. I bet that would work wonderfully in this recipe. You can find it on sale every once in a while and since we’ve started purchasing it, Kroger has sent us coupons with our quarterly customer bonus.

Joanna, we have purchased Bear Naked granola before, and they have a nut-free variety.


Angela January 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

This recipe is great! I used Stevia to sweeten mine and coconut oil instead of butter to make it healthier. The applesauce is amazing in this.


Aurora September 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Just a heads up … but using maple syrup makes this granola NOT sugar-free!! Thanks for wasting my time.


Marilyn aka G-Ma January 24, 2013 at 2:38 am

I would love to be able to see this recipe but the comment box is covering it.


Jackie February 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

I’d lover to find our how to make a vanilla flavored one…not fond of maple.


Jackie February 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

I’d love to find our how to make a vanilla flavored one…not fond of maple.


Cathy April 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I was looking for Slow cooker beans & rice and also found your Homemade Ranch Mix & Your Homemade Taco Seasoning (I’ve been looking for them for a while!)
Then under the Homemade Granola, I found the Pantry Trail Mix and a solution for hunger while getting my shower! Brilliant! I really enjoyed your website! Now, I had better “get cooking!


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