How to make my Award Winning Gluten Free Granola

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How to make the best homemade gluten-free granola. This recipe recently won the Golden Recipe award from Pinterest and Food 52.

Every year,  David and I make homemade granola for the holidays. Baking granola has been a family tradition for several years, and we look forward to making it yearly. It is a fantastic recipe, and our family and friends look forward to receiving their box every year. Quite honestly, everyone expects it, which is what we love. It tastes like no other granola, and it is gluten-free. I promise you will love it.

Gluten free Granola
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If you don’t know, David is the chef in our home, and I typically am his trusty assistant. However, I do love to bake.

We love to spend time together in the kitchen, especially when it comes to making our homemade gluten-free granola.
“ I can make it look good, but David is the one who makes it taste good” We make a great team together!

How to make my homemade Gluten-Free Granola Recipe

Step 1

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Mix Dry Ingredients in a bowl

  • 4 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • One teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Ingredients for the gluten free granola
How to make home made granola

Combine Wet Ingredients in a Saucepan

Stir the below ingredients in a saucepan until the sugar is melted and it has come to a boil.

  • 1/3 Cup of Canola Oil
  • 1/4 Cup of honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of white sugar

Remove from the heat and add in 4 teaspoons of vanilla.

Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and mix well.

dry ingredients for gluten fee granola
Dry ingredients for gluten free granola
Wet mixture for gluten free granola

Once mixed well, spray two cookie sheets with canola oil and spread the mixture out evenly on the two trays.

Next, you want to place them in the oven and bake them for 30 minutes.

two trays of glulten free granola in the oven

The Trick to Making Perfect Gluten-Free Granola

The key to avoiding burning when making your gluten-free granola is turning it every ten minutes and letting the pan cool completely after baking. ( This is an essential part, do not skip this step)

Once you remove the granola from the oven, let it cool on the tray for about 10 minutes.

After cooling, place the granola on parchment paper and let it cool completely.

Next, you want to crumble the large pieces if needed.

And that is how you make homemade granola!

How to Package your Gluten-Free Granola for Gifting

One of my favorite parts is packaging up our granola to give as gifts. I try to come up with a new idea each year, but I think this natural look is one of my favorites.

I chose natural boxes and gift bags and wrapped them up with simple red and white twine and some custom gift tags I created and printed. In addition, I added a fresh sprig of rosemary for a special touch.

Gift bag wrapped up with granola
gluten free granola wrapped up for gifts
Gift tags on box of Granola

I also created these cute personalized gift tags made of Model Magic clay. First, I rolled out the clay, used a cookie cutter to create the shape, and lastly, I stamped the names on the tags with a custom stamp. These tags take about two days to dry, so give yourself plenty of time to let them dry.

Gift tag cookie cutters
Model Magic clay for gift tags
Kit to personalize gift tags

You can also use tins, boxes, plastic containers, and more. There are many ways to package this up and make it look pretty. You can find many tins, boxes, and other ideas at Dollar Tree.


This granola recipe is perfect for Christmas gifts because it’s easy to make, and everyone loves it! Your friends and family will be impressed with this delicious and healthy snack. If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out my blog for inspiration. Thanks for reading.

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33 Comments

  1. Tammy says:

    Thanks, Wendy for sharing. My sister-in-law has Celiac Disease. I am always looking for recipes to use here when she comes to visit. Plus, I like to have gluten free items in my diet as well.

  2. Congratulations Wendy. How exciting. You deserve this award.

  3. Crystal says:

    Congratulations Wendy!!! This sounds so delicious! What a lovely family tradition. I need to give this a try – it would be a great snack.

  4. Nancy O’Dell says:

    I made your gluten free granola (one w/ raisins & another w/ dried cranberries)…..delicious Wendy. I can’t stop eating it all, it will never make gift jars. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and David & your beautiful family.

    • wendy says:

      Hi Nancy, so good to hear from you. I know exactly how you feel, LOL It is addicting. Wishing you a very happy holiday season. How are you and your family doing? David says hello.

  5. Nancy O’Dell says:

    I made your gluten free granola (one w/ raisins & another w/ dried cranberries)…..delicious Wendy. I can’t stop eating it all, it will never make gift jars. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and David & your beautiful family.

  6. Cindy says:

    This looks delicious Wendy! Congrats on winning the contest on Pinterest!

  7. So exciting Wendy! Congratulations on the win!!

  8. Jen says:

    Yum! It sounds amazing. Congrats on winning your award. How awesome!

  9. Diane says:

    So happy for you !!!! Not surprised at all that you’d win.
    Thanks for sharing. This sounds perfect for Doug And to do.

  10. Kelly says:

    Congratulations on winning the Pinterest award! Great gift idea and sounds so yummy!!! So happy for you!!!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much, Kelly. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. If you decide to try the granola, you will love giving it as a gift too.

  11. Do says:

    Thanks for sharing, Wendy! I will try this recipe. I’m sure this will be much better than the store bought and I can feel good about giving it to my grandchildren. Have a fantastic week. xo

  12. Monique Francis says:

    Congratulations Wendy to you and your husband winning the granola recipe! You deserve it! I love your blog and how it’s been evolving so much! You’re doing a fantastic job!
    I tell everyone about you!
    Monique F

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much Monique. That means the world to me. I have been working very hard to improve every day. Thank you so much for your support.

  13. Wendy, Congratulations on your award! Your recipe looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Congrats on winning Wendy! What a great family tradition. It looks so yummy, I will definitely be making this year! Great job my friend-meagan

  15. Donna says:

    I’m always on the lookout for great gluten-free recipes! Pinning now so I can try this! It looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing your family recipe!

  16. I loved your video! You guys are great!

  17. Missy Noonan says:

    Such a great gift and cool tradition. You two are the cutest! Merry Christmas! ~Missy

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