This spiced blueberry almond granola is naturally gluten-free, 100% whole grain and dairy-free!
Here’s a nice way to make the transition to fall for those of us who aren’t feeling so very autumnal yet. You’ve got your summer blueberries, but you’ve also got some cardamom, cinnamon and maple syrup for added coziness. I used this granola as a topper for my healthier Swedish blueberry soup, which also contains cardamom and maple syrup. It’s really such a delicious combination!
In my last granola recipe, this vegan and gluten-free granola, I talked about how the trick of adding an egg white to any granola recipe to make it cluster-y didn’t work for me. The same is true here. I used an egg white, but it pretty much takes place of the fat in this recipe. There’s only 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/3 cup maple syrup so without the egg, there’s just not enough liquid. Definitely don’t omit it!
I made the first batch of this granola with just blueberries added in. It was great but it was begging for a second add-in. I happened to have some flaked almonds that needed to be used up, so in they went. If you don’t have those, I’m sure any kind of almonds would do. Whole almonds, chopped almonds, slivered almonds… whatever. Pecans or walnuts would also go well here.
This blueberry granola is great for those first crisp mornings of the fall. It’s very much a healthy granola and not your typical store-bought cluster granola, which is, in my opinion, so much more of a dessert. Truth be told, that’s my favorite type of granola but I suppose not the best choice for breakfast. Especially with all the funky ingredients in the store-bought kind!
If you’re looking for a grain-free alternative, try this paleo granola. I haven’t tried it myself but it looks amazing! And for another oaty autumnal breakfast recipe, check out this apple cinnamon oatmeal.
Spiced Blueberry Almond Granola (gluten-free, dairy-free, whole grain)
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- Yield: 2 1/4 cups granola
- 1 large egg white, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted (or any other oil you'd like)
- 1/3 cup (80 milliliters) maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups (180 grams) rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if necessary)
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup (33 grams) flaked almonds
- 1/3 cup (53 grams) dried blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 325 °F (163 °C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Add the oats, cardamom, cinnamon and salt until well incorporated.
- Spread the granola on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and then add the almonds. Bake for another 10-13 minutes or until the granola has lightly browned. It'll be very soft but will harden as it cools. If after completely cooling, it hasn't firmed up, you can put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes or so while keeping a close eye on it. Add the dried blueberries.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
51 comments on “Spiced Blueberry Almond Granola (gluten-free, dairy-free, whole grain)” — Add one!
This looks like a breeze to make and looks like an absolute crowdpleaser! Hitting the store this afternoon!
I hope you enjoyed it!
What is the nutrition values for protein , fat and carbs . What is the serving per recipe??
I don’t but you could use this recipe analyzer if you’d like for that info. :)
I use an egg white in my granola too — and I love the idea of using coconut oil as well! This granola looks delightful. Can’t wait to try it!
Thanks so much! I hope you’ll enjoy it. :)
I never thought about adding an egg to my granola but it makes sense! Clumpy granola is way better in my opinion.
Haha. If only the trick had worked here! I much prefer clumpy granola, too. :)
I never have granola around since traditionally it includes nuts (and my his are allergic) This however looks delicious and easily customizable to omit the nuts…Yummm!
That’s what makes homemade granola so awesome. :)
I never even knew you should add an egg white to granola. Well I am glad you told us to omit that. Your recipe looks solid! I need to give it a try!
I read it about being a trick to making granola clusters. It’s never worked for me, though. I hope you’ll enjoy the granola if you try it out!
The combinations to make granola are endless, but this one right here sounds divine!
Thank you! And they really are, aren’t they?
This looks so delish! I love that is a little bit of fall and a little bit of summer!
Thanks, Michelle! I love that part, too. :)
Perfect for cereal in the mornings and I can totally see myself topping my yogurt with it! I personally love blueberries and almonds together. Great combo for the granola!
I’m sure that’d be delicious! :)
I love to make granola. So easy and it lasts forever!
I love that, too! It’s such a bummer when you make something only to find out it doesn’t last well past a day.
My girls are crazy for granola. Its one thing I prefer to make at home rather than buy. This recipe sounds delicious!
Me, too. It’s so cheap! And no scary ingredients.
I make granola at home frequently and I’m loving this combination. It’s a nice, gentle transition to fall!
Isn’t it?! I have to admit that I normally start off with something full of apples and spices in September but this just seemed more gentle. :)
Dried blueberries?! This sounds INCREDIBLE! I am such a granola person – trying this ASAP!
I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do! :)
I love homemade granola so this makes me very happy. The blueberries must be delicious in there.
Thanks, Ginny! They really are. :)
I never really thought about what makes the clusters before – I will definitely be paying closer attention next time I make some. I’d love to start with this one, it sounds so good – love the flavor combo in here.
After making this and some other normal granola recipes, I’m ready for the clusters!
This looks like a great granola recipe. I love healthy breakfast ideas!
Me too! I’d love to eat brownies all day, but alas. Have to get a little something else in there at some point. ;)
Mmmm…I think I need to make a batch of this granola! Perfect for back to school breakfasts and lunches!
Definitely an improvement over the boxed stuff, right? :)
I’d love to start my day with a big bowl of this granola! Gorgeous!
This granola sounds very nice, but given the strength of cardamom flavor, it seems like reversing the amounts of cardamom and cinnamon would make more sense. We ended up ditching the chai spice recipe I made and all recipes using chai spice because the cardamom was way too strong. I’m afraid the cardamom would overpower every other flavor here.
I was going to suggest that my cardamom was perhaps weaker than yours until I read that you had thrown out your homemade chai spice and all recipes using chai spice. Could it be that your cardamom is extremely strong? I made this granola 3 times, with the first time at just 1/4 teaspoon and I increased it every time after that. And it still wasn’t all that strong. I’ll buy a new package of cardamom and try it out in this recipe, just in case. Until then, I’ll add a note suggesting people use less if they’re not really into cardamom. :)
I tried it today with a bag of cardamom I just bought and the teaspoon of cardamom definitely isn’t too much for my taste. I gave some to my husband, asked what he thought of the spices, and he said they were subtle! It’s crazy how we all seem to have such very different opinions here. I didn’t find the spices subtle at all but still not too much. I’m going to remove the note I added to the recipe to avoid confusion. :)
I love the fall recipe with a little bit of summer still mixed it! I am SO not ready to let go of summer yet!
I’m right there with you!
Now that’s what I call some diplomatic granola – pleasing to both the fall and summer lovers out there. :) This cereal looks like a fantastic way to kick off any fall (or summer) morning.
Haha. I should have totally titled this Diplomacy Granola. :D
Just in time for back-to-school for my daughter! I would love to gobble this up right now, it looks beautiful!
Thanks, Kacey! :)
Granola is such a fabulous grab and go breakfast or snack, love the added blueberries!
Thanks, Brenda! I totally agree.
We are on the same page with granola today! This looks so delicious! I love the combination of flavors, and anything blueberry is always a winner with me!
I love that yours is done in a slow cooker!
I love granola and this looks perfect!!