Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

Most granola -> Full of sugar and spice and nothing nice (for health).

Contrary to popular belief, granola is not a health food as it is usually loaded with unhealthy fats and sugar (or other sweeteners). You may as well eat a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. With oil on top.

But I really like granola, so I set out to make a healthier version – one that was sugar-free and oil-free. After a little experimenting, I came up with this Sugar-Free, Oil-Free Apple Buckwheat Granola. It was an instant hit!

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

Why You’ll Like this Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

1. It’s full of those coveted big granola clusters.

2. It’s whole-grain.

3. It’s light and crispy.

4. It’s naturally sweetened.

5. It’s oil-free.

6. It’s sugar-free.

7. Did I mention that it has lots of big, crunchy, chunky granola clusters? Oh, yum!

How to Make Granola with Big Clusters

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

My favorite thing about this delicious granola – besides that it is oil-free and sugar-free, is the big, chunky, crunchy clusters. (Did I mention that already?) Isn’t chunky granola just the best!?!

How do you make healthy granola with big clusters? Just follow the recipe for this Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola, and you’ll get a whole baking sheet full of delicious chunky granola clusters without the sugar and oil.

Different Ways to Eat Granola

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

Granola is typically eaten as a breakfast cereal with milk on top. But there are many more ways to enjoy its whole grain goodness.

Granola is amazing sprinkled over a bowl of this Apple Breakfast Salad.

Another one of my favorite ways to eat granola is mixed into hot cereal, like this Harvest Oatmeal.

The granola in these No-Bake Coconut Date Bites makes them oh-so-satisfying.

No-Bake Coconut Date Bites

Or make a big batch and share it as a gift. Your friends and family will love you for it!

Healthy Granola Clusters – Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

I hope you enjoy this delicious and healthy granola recipe!

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

Oil-Free, Sugar-Free, Apple Buckwheat Granola

You’ll enjoy lots of big, chunky, crispy clusters in this luscious sugar-free and oil-free granola.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
YIELD 3 cups (9 ounces)
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  • Place almonds, buckwheat groats, oats, and salt in food processor.
  • Cut apple into large chunks and add to food processor. (No need to peel apple.) Pulse just enough to coarsely chop almonds and apple.
  • Add coconut, maple syrup, apple juice concentrate, and vanilla, and pulse just until mixed.
  • Stir in walnuts.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a medium (9-inch x 13-inch) baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly distribute mixture onto baking sheet. Mixture will be very moist.
  • Bake at 300°F for 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 225°F and continue baking for 1 hour or until granola is dry and lightly browned.
  • When granola is very dry, remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Stir in dried fruit. Transfer to a sealable container and keep in a cool, dry place.


Dried apples can be purchased or you can make your own!

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  1. Jennifer! I am literally in love with your recipes, this Granola might be one of my favorites.😊🤗 Love!

    1. Hi Paula,
      This recipe uses buckwheat grits. Buckwheat grits are also called cream of buckwheat or buckwheat hot cereal. You can find out more about them by clicking on the link in the recipe.
      Hope you enjoy!

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