If you’ve been looking for a healthy granola recipe with ZERO grams of sugar, this is the one! Our crispy, crunchy granola delivers healthy fats, protein, and energy-boosting whole grains without the added sweetners.
For more sugar-free snack ideas, check out this post with 50 ideas!
You’ll love how crispy and flavorful this granola is, without any sugar added!
The best part about making granola sugar free is that you can add so many delicious fruits for natural sweetness! Whether you add dried fruit to take the granola on the go, or fresh fruit like blueberries to mix into your breakfast, that is 100% where we want to get the sugar we eat. Fruit sugar that comes in the form of whole foods is good for kids!
Making sugar-free granola can be tricky. That’s because granola’s crunch usually comes from heating sugar. The longer sugar is heated, the crunchier your food gets (think hard candy, brittle stage.) The lower the heat of your sugar, the chewier something is (thing granola bars, vs. granola.) So, the question on my mind was, how do we get crunchy granola with NO SUGAR at all? The answer is: egg whites!
How to Make Crispy Sugar Free Granola
We mixed all the dry ingredients, (3 cups in all). Feel free to experiment with a variety of nuts and seeds. We used 2 cups rolled oats, and then 3/4 cup of nuts and seeds (almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, and cashews.) But ANY variety will do. Just make sure you end up with three cups. Then, in a separate mixing bowl, we whipped our egg whites until soft peaks formed. This took about 5 minutes! Once finished, we folded the egg whites into the dry mixture, and then placed them on a non-stick baking mat and slowly baked at a low temperature for 1 hour (full recipe below!)
For those allergic to eggs, I DID try to repeat this entire recipe using coconut oil and other oils, but the granola NEVER got crunchy. In fact, it was only soggy. If you can’t have eggs, you may just need to follow a regular granola recipe, like our 5 ingredient granola, or 5 minute granola!
Enjoy your granola, without all the sugar!
Sugar Free Granola
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.
- In large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and salt.
- In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into dry oat mixture. Stir gently until dry mixture is coated.
- Turn oat and egg white mixture onto a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper or a silpat liner).
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 60 minutes, stirring every twenty minutes.
- Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
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