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  • Writer's pictureGabi Frohlich

Not-So-Sweet Granola

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

For added texture, not sweetness.

I am personally not a big fan of super sweet things; anything that's sweet, in my opinion, needs a savory or subtly flavored addition to balance it out. So, I came up with this granola recipe as a topping for my Caramel, Vanilla, & Scotch Ice Cream to add some texture and balance out the ice cream's creamy sweetness.

Disclaimer: this is NOT very sweet- seriously. It is meant to complement super sweet dishes or be used in more savory dishes, like salads or soups.


Not-So-Sweet Granola

Vegan, Gluten-Free Option*


  • 1.5 c rolled oats (gluten-free optional)

  • 1/3 c slivered almonds

  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 c olive oil

  • 3-5 tbsp pure maple syrup**


  1. Combine all ingredients and spread the mixture out thinly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  2. In an oven preheated to 350 °F, bake for 20 about minutes, tossing the mixture around halfway through, until golden and toasted.

  3. Let fully cool before storing in an airtight container. Makes about 2 cups of granola.


Granola will last for about 1 month if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

*Make sure to use gluten-free oats, pure maple syrup, and check the vanilla extract you are using to ensure the granola is completely gluten-free.

**Use less or more, depending on your desired sweetness level for the granola.

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