Have you looked at the label of any granola at the grocery store? Usually the 3rd ingredient is sugar and a 1/2 cup of granola has anywhere between 12-18 grams of sugar! Searching online, most recipes are high in sugar content as well. I love Alton Brown and I love granola, so I adapted Alton Brown's granola recipe to create a recipe with minimal sugar. 


  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • ½ cup flaxseeds
  • ½ chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry fruit (unsweetened cranberries, or any unsweetened dried fruit)- OPTIONAL


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a large bowl, combine, oats, nuts, coconut, seeds, and brown sugar. Mix well.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine maple syrup, vegetable oil and salt. Whisk well.
  4. Combine liquid mixture into dry ingredient large bowl. Pour and spread onto 2 jelly pans evenly.
  5. Cook in oven for 1 hour. Stir mixture 30 minutes later to achieve even color and cooking.
  6. Turn oven off after 1 hour and oven door ajar with granola in oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, add optional dried fruit and mix until evenly distributed.
  8. Then let granola cool complete and then store in air-tight jar. 

Top your yogurt, smoothie bowl or berries with your new batch of homemade granola!