Gluten Free Granola – Vanilla-Maple Granola

Gluten Free Granola –, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

So we are snowbound. Something rather unusual for where I live in the Pacific Northwest. A few years ago when we moved here from Chicago, we lived with my sister and her family until we found our own place to be. One morning (on a school day) I woke to find a light sprinkling of snow in her yard – maybe 1/2 inch. The grass was still poking out from under the light snowfall. Let’s just say, that I clearly remember the yard being more green than white when she told me that school had been canceled for the day. I was dumbfounded. What? School was canceled? How could this even be possible with such little snowfall?

Now I know a little better. It’s canceled because (1) the city has no plows because snow usually just sticks around one day and is gone within the next two and (2) it rarely snows here – maybe 1 or 2 days. More often than not, school is delayed a few hours because of icy roads or flooding, not snowfall. We don’t even have “snow days” built in to our school calendar which just means that we have to make up the three days of school that were canceled last week due to snow.  We got a bit more than the 1/2″.  Right now, I think our yard has about a foot and a half of snow.  Here we are, buried but happy:

Snow Days - Day 4

I think I’m going to hate that come June, to be honest, but right now? I love being snowbound. It’s giving me time to do a few things I normally wouldn’t do – like start sewing project for the baby. I’m going to attempt my first, super-simple quilt. Give me strength, people, I can’t cut nor sew a straight line to save my soul. But hey, it’s totally the love/thought that counts, right? One day, our daughter will look at this quilt I will have labored over and either think that I was crazy to attempt such a thing or love me for even trying, right?

Anyway, while preparing to be snowbound, we did a little grocery shopping on Saturday afternoon. We wandered about the store picking up things that we knew we could cook if the electricity went out (we have a gas range… but electric everything else). I decided I wanted to get some cereal for easy breakfasts or snacks. We ventured down the cereal aisle in search of the gluten-free goodies, but my heart sank when I realized that I would have to buy a cereal targeting kids.

I don’t know about you all, but sometimes I don’t want a cartoon face staring back at me on the breakfast table. I really wanted the box of granola that sat nearby. I knew I couldn’t buy it – first, the oats weren’t GF and the little warning label about “possibly containing wheat”, was all I needed to see. I just had to read the ingredients list though, just in case. (I was hopeful, anyway.)

And then it hit me, granola is NOT hard to make. I was done whining or feeling down about the “lack of convenience or adult gluten-free cereal” that was available at this market. (My poor husband had to listening to me whining….) I knew I could just make my own granola and that FRESH granola always tastes better too!

Even my kid-cereal lovin’ spouse thinks this granola beats out any others. I can tell by the way he has been sneaking handfuls every time he passes through the kitchen.

Before I give you the recipe, please note that you need Certified Gluten Free Rolls Oats for this. While some people use quinoa flakes as they don’t tolerate oats, I have only tried this with GF oats.

It’s worth the whole 8 minutes it will take you to assemble the ingredients and the 25 minutes of baking. Really. It’s easy. And it really is great tasting, if I don’t say so myself.

Gluten Free Granola -

GF Vanilla-Maple Granola with Pepitas and Almonds
3 cups GF rolled oats
1 cup pepitas (raw, hulled pumpkin seeds)
2/3 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup flax seed meal
2 teaspoons +/- cinnamon
2 Tablespoons butter, melted (or a CF option to make this recipe CF too)
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon GF vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 325F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the butter in a large bowl or glass measuring cup in the microwave.
  4. Add the maple syrup and brown sugar to the melted butter. Return to the microwave for 20 seconds or so to help the brown sugar melt. Add the vanilla extract. Stir together well and set aside.
  5. Combine the dry ingredients (oats, pepitas, almonds, flax seed meal and cinnamon) in a large bowl.
  6. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix together to coat everything evenly.
  7. Pour the mixture on to the parchment lined cooking sheet.
  8. Bake for a total of 25-30 minutes, stirring every 8 – 10 minutes to avoid burning. Bake until toasted brown.
  9. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.

Calories 290
Total Fat 17g, Saturated fat 2g, Trans fat 9g
Cholesterol 2mg
Sodium 9mg
Total Carbohydrates 31g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 14g
Protein 10g

Enjoy your granola for breakfast as cereal or on yogurt – or by the handful!
Even use it as an apple crisp topping.
Oh! It’s good!

Happy Snowy Days!


  1. This looks great, and like a wonderful project for these snowy days! I’m in Bellingham and I’ve got about a foot of snow in my yard. Isn’t it glorious?

  2. that looks awesome! as soon as we dig out from the great pdx snowpocalypse i will be hunting down some gf oats to make a batch for myself! I wonder if I could make some granola bars with this!?

    • Sure – but you will have to add some honey to make them bind together (or peanut butter.. you can use this for the PB Granola bars too that I have online here too.)

  3. We too are experiencing the snow here in Salem. Not liking it so much. I work for the state and we’re trying to figure out what it is that they require to shut the building down! Have fun with the sewing. If you have to look into paper piecing. You don’t have to cut perfect pieces. It’s wonderful.

  4. This sounds great…you could also add some chopped dried fruit, ie, cranberries, blueberries, apricots. In my “mother earth days” (aka 60’s) I used to make my own granola using dried and roasted soybeans. After they were roasted, I’d break them up into smaller pieces and mix with oatmeal. Speaking of which, let’s give a hand to those wonderful folks who said we could have it again! Live in West Hills of Portland…18″ in our backyard…cabin fever raging.

  5. PS: Have fun with the quilt…post a picture when you’re through with it. I’ve been quilting for about 10 years first was a baby quilt (they are so forgiving and uncritical). Be careful, though, quilting is an addiction.

  6. Isn’t it WEIRD to live somewhere where people don’t know what to do when it snows?? People don’t even know what to do when it’s cold out. It’s so crazy! Your granola looks delish, and good luck on your sewing projects! I’m about to start some last minute christmas ones.

  7. Both pics are lovely. As a former teacher, I always loved snow days. They had a way of coming at just the right time … divine providence. 😉 Hmmm, no pepitas or flax seed, but maybe I can come up with a modified version as I have everything else. Good luck on the baby quilt. I am sure that it will turn out very special and, yes, please post a pic later. I am the mother of an almost 21-year old (in 10 days!) and I’ve been trying to psych myself up to make a denim quilt for him from his old jeans I’ve been saving.

  8. Happy Holidays Kate!!

  9. Happy Christmas e happy new year 2009

  10. I love the snow photo! And I love snow days. We have several built into the school schedule here in Indiana. I order 2 cases of frozen lasagna every winter for a just-in-case snowmeal for the college girls I cook for. They can’t boil water, but they can warm frozen entrees like champs.

    Good luck with your quilt! I love piecing quilts. There’s a comforting rhythm to it.

    Gaile – I saw a recipe for granola bars at

  11. This sounds infinitely more nourishing than the boxed stuff, Kate. Yum! You are so lucky to have snow days. I’m too far South for those!

  12. That granola looks yummy, Kate! 🙂

    Re: ,cutting – I have the same affliction. A friend of mine recommended a rotary cutter and my ability to cut out my pattern-pinned fabric has never been better. 🙂 It’s a lot faster than using scissors, too. The frustration factor has lessened greatly since I bought my rotary cutter and self healing cutting board a couple of years ago.



  13. GFCanadian says:

    Wow! That looks fabulous! It’s exactly what I was craving. I do love a good kids cereal, but I’m a big fan of granola on my yogurt, and I just bought some gf oats. Thank you!


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