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How to Make Gluten Free and Vegan Granola

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Gluten free vegan granola recipe. A little-known fact (except, of course, to sufferers), is that a small percentage of Coeliac sufferers are also intolerant to Oats. Oats – even gluten-free oats – contain avenin which can trigger the same immune response as gluten in those suffering from intolerances.

How to Make Gluten Free and Vegan Granola

Because oats constitute many delicious breakfasts and because people with gluten-intolerance are deprived on such delicacies such as porridge or granola, I have been experimenting with other cereals.

How to Make Gluten Free and Vegan Granola

Buckwheat has been linked to the lowering of cholesterol and high blood pressure, due to their rich supply of flavonoids, contributing to regular blood flow, and protecting the body from free-radicals. There are also studies into the usefulness of Buckwheat stabilising blood sugars. Of course, if none of these things are an issue, or you can’t find Buckwheat Flakes easily (I get mine from my local health shop, but you can buy them from Amazon here.

Why Make Your Own Granola?

I get why it’s easier to buy granola, it’s convenient, it seems cheaper and it’s so easy. However, I have always found that bought granola is so sweet, and you just don’t know exactly what’s in it.

My easy vegan granola recipe has reduced sugar and is packed chock full of good stuff like chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. You can also adjust what’s in granola. Don’t like nuts? Replace with dried fruits. Don’t like Raisins? Use chocolate chips, cacao nibs or more nuts!

I love to serve my granola sprinkled on smoothie bowls or with yogurt and my vanilla poached pears, or it’s the perfect snack just on its own.

Easy Stir and Bake Gluten Free and Vegan Granola


Easy 2 Step Gluten Free and Vegan Granola
  • Nuts: peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia
  • Seeds: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseed, flax seeds, chia seeds, all full of healthy fats.
  • Dried fruit: raisins, currants, sultana, dried cranberry or cherries, chopped dried apple, banana, dried papaya, dried strawberry, chopped crystallised ginger, unsweetened coconut
  • Sweeteners: maple syrup, honey, date syrup, agave syrup, golden syrup
  • Flavourings: cinnamon, vanilla, almond, cocoa powder, ginger, orange zest

This is ONLY a list of ingredients for the recipe; please see recipe card below for complete printable recipe.


Easy 2 Step Gluten Free and Vegan Granola

It’s incredibly easy.

  • Simply mix all your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, including the soy milk powder, the stir through the wet ingredients.
  • Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, in an even layer
  • Stir occasionally during baking to encourage crunchy granola clusters.
  • Store in an airtight container or mason jar. It’s that simple!

Baking Tips

  • Don’t spread the granola out too much on the baking sheets. You want it to be close enough together to promote large clusters.
  • Line the baking sheets with greaseproof paper. It makes it easier to transfer into a large bowl once baked. If, like me, you only have one baking sheet, you’ll want it quickly for your next batch!
  • The gluten-free granola crisps up further on cooling.
  • Use broken pieces of nuts rather than halves (if using walnuts or pecans)
  • Make sure to set your timer for 2 x 10 minutes intervals to turn the granola. This both stops it burning and ensures an even colour, but it also promotes the ubiquitous granola clusters.

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Easy Gluten Free and Vegan Granola

How to Make Gluten Free and Vegan Granola
How to make my easy gluten free and vegan granola using buckwheat oats
4.99 from 81 votes
Prep 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Sheets


  • cups Buckwheat Flakes - or use oatmeal if not gluten-free
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • ¼ cup Sunflower Seeds
  • cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • cup Sesame Seeds
  • ½ tbsp Chia Seeds
  • ½ cup Desiccated Coconut
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¾ cup Soy Milk Powder
  • 1 cup Nuts - mixed
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup - or Agave Syrup
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil - melted
  • 1 tbsp Soy Milk - or plant-based milk of your choice


  • Preheat oven to 160c
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix the wet ingredients in a jug and pour over the dry. Stir gently until all combined and mixture starts to clump
  • Bake on baking sheets, make sure to put quite a lot on each sheets, this helps encourage the clumps of granola!
  • Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown, stirring after ten minutes to ensure an evening browning
  • Leave to cool on a baking sheet, then transfer to large jar or container.

Please note that where the recipe asks for milk, butter or yogurt, this refers to any plant-based version that you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Gluten Free and Vegan Granola
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! And I’m totally with you for homemade over store bought. Fresh is so much better!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to find other alternatives to regular oats! Buckwheat flakes sound so interesting!

  3. 5 stars
    I might be jumping in the buckwheat train after reading through this! Such a helpful post Freya.

  4. 5 stars
    I agree that the convenience granola does taste sweet as though it has a lot of sugar in it. Home-made granola is definitely the way to go as you have complete control of what goes in. Love how easy you have laid out how to do this and I am looking forward to giving this a go. I also think my partner will love it.

  5. Saved to try! This recipe looks so healthy but also your photos are incredible. I love having granola in the morning with yogurt. And the pumpkin seeds in this recipe is so different from my usual granola so I’m excited to try it out!

  6. I love a good homemade granola. They always taste so much better than the store-bought stuff and they are much more customizable! This one looks absolutely delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    I love homemade granola but hardly ever make it, so I’m going to make it this weekend. What would you recommend I use if I don’t have soy milk powder? Can I just omit?

  8. 5 stars
    I couldn’t agree more…homemade granola is the way to go! We always keep a big jar on hand. I love your totally gluten-free option. I sometimes add puffed rice to mine to add volume while keeping it light — another add-in or swap out idea.

  9. This recipe inspires me! And your photography is wonderful. I also learned some things about the different kinds of grains that I didn’t know before. Thank you for this post.

  10. 5 stars
    I absolutely love granola! It’s nice to know there are GF and vegan options out there for those that need to go that route. Your pictures are beautiful and this recipe looks delicious!

  11. I didn’t realize that some people with Celiac also can’t have oats. I’ve never seen an oat-less granola recipe, so this seems like it would be perfect for anyone with an oat allergy or sensitivity!

  12. I agree that making things at home helps us know what truly goes in it. I’m trying to be better about making things at home to be healthier and save money too!

  13. I love how easy this looks! Granola is one of my favorite things to have for weekday breakfasts, but I usually just buy it premade. Now I am so inspired to try making it myself,

  14. I did not know that even GF oats could still trigger coeliac issues! Thank you so much for letting me know. Also, I’ve passed this recipe onto my sister who is diabetic and having a really hard time stabilizing her blood sugars.

  15. 5 stars
    This granola is just perfect! I made a batch and it lasted me all week and I topped it on my yogurt and fruit. Delicious!

  16. 5 stars
    I’m one of those who does better with a grain-free granola. I’ve not tried buckwheat flakes though – what a great suggestion!

  17. 5 stars
    These came out so well. I loved the flavors, and my kids loved them too. I was also extremely thrilled my husband loved them as he is a little picky! A great healthy recipe that I will be saving to make again and again!

  18. 5 stars
    I always had issues with store-bought granola and was happy to find your recipe. The use of buckwheat is genius, and it turned out great! Thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    I love that this granola is vegan and gluten free. I’m definitely going to make a batch. Like all the ingredients that you used here. Can’t wait to make this. Thanks!

  20. 5 stars
    I love homemade granola. It is great for breakfast or a quick snack! I have always used oats to make granola, but will have to try the buckwheat flakes.

  21. 5 stars
    I have a friend who observes a vegan diet that just had a baby. I made this granola to include in a basket for her, hopefully, to make life easier. She said it was so tasty and helpful during her first week as a new mom.

  22. 5 stars
    I would love to make this gluten free vegan granola recipe at home. Would love to replace nuts with chocolate chips. Also loved reading about oats and buckwheat.

  23. Your granola looks delicious, I wouldn’t even miss the oats. Plus, I’m sure we could all use some new grains in our diets. I had no idea that coeliacs could also be affected by ‘gf’ oats.

  24. 5 stars
    Love buckwheat flakes! Just made this recipe last night and it came out amazing! Will have it on my weekly mealprep list 🙂

  25. 5 stars
    This looks like a great addition for my kiddos’ breakfast routine! Thank you for making this easy recipe!

  26. 5 stars
    Homemade granola is the best. I love making my own and mixing it up each time. I love this gf and vegan recipe. I’ve been on the lookout for one that’s gf since I have some intolerance. Thank you!

  27. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe over the week-end. Loved it. Next time I am try without nuts as one of the kids is allergic. Love the fact that I can add or remove the ingredients.

  28. 5 stars
    This Granola recipe was so fabulous tasting! I sincerely am glad I found it on Pinterest. We made it for our friends on Saturday, and they even said it was incredible tasting. I love when guests are happy! Have a great day.

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