I have 2 qualms about store-bought granola. First, it almost always has too much added sugar. Secondly, the granola usually tastes stale.

If you have diabetes or problems with blood sugar regulation, you know the carbohydrate struggle. You need carbohydrates for energy, but certain kinds are more optimal for you to eat than others. 

The ingredients of this granola are relatively low on the glycemic index and have a variety of healthy fats. I have to use gluten-free oats, but any rolled oats will do. 

It's perfect to snack on or added to a bowl of yogurt, dairy-free ice cream, or chia seed pudding

Low Glycemic Index Nut and Seed Granola

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:18 mins
  • Total Time:23 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries optional
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar
  • 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • Step 1

    Add all dry ingredients to a small mixing bowl.

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  • Step 2

    Stir in melted coconut oil, coconut nectar, almond extract, and vanilla extract.

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  • Step 3

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread granola mix into a relatively even layer.

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  • Step 4

    Bake for 16-18 minutes, until you see the oats beginning to lightly brown.

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