I have several different granola recipes that I make – but most are based on one versatile recipe template.  I’ll share the template and show you a quick and easy one to get started with. The recipe can be simplified to only two ingredients!

Most shop-bought granolas have high levels of sugar in them. For this recipe, sweetness comes from fruit, and not even high sugar fruit. This means the result isn’t too sweet – but tastes yummy. And it’s so easy, it’s worth throwing the ingredients together and making a batch regularly.

There are so many options and variations to this recipe – and you’ll probably come up with more ideas, but here is a template recipe that you can adjust to your taste and try as many versions as you like. 

Recipe template for no added sugar granola from CALMERme.com

The “how-to” steps are given below in an apple sauce version – but basically the process is the same for whatever ingredients you choose.  Mix all the ingredients together (except the dried fruit), and bake. Then add dried fruit after it’s cooked or for the last few minutes in the oven. 

Get creative with the fruit “puree” part and use what is seasonal. For example, if you have fresh strawberries that need using up, just mush them and take a 1/4 cup and make granola. If you have peaches – do the same.  Lots of pears off your tree – cook them and then use them.  If using jam or marmalade, look for shop bought versions that are sweetened just with fruit.  

For the apple-sauce version, I use one ofImage of small pot of apple sauce from CALMERme those little cartons you can buy – unsweetened and organic, and if you like you can try the ones with cinnamon in too. Alternatively, you can buy a larger jar of apple sauce and just measure out 1/4 cup. 

In the UK, they don’t sell the same type of apple sauce – so you can just make your own by cooking an apple in a little water in a pan and when it is soft, mushing (technical cooking term!) it up in in a blender. 

To make this a two ingredient recipe, omit the puffed brown rice and just use oats and apple sauce. So simple! 

Quick and simple, no-added sugar granola
Sweetened only with apples
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free if required)
  2. 1 cup puffed brown rice (gluten free, if required) I used Erewhon unsweetened.
  3. 1 small carton (4oz) unsweetened organic apple sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.
  2. Mix the oats and rice together and stir in the apple sauce, to thoroughly combine.
  3. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and stir well, bringing the edges into the center to even out the cooking (the edges cook quicker).
  5. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  6. If it is dry and crispy, remove. If still a bit soft, stir and return for a couple more minutes, but watch carefully as the edges may burn.
  7. Cool and store in a jar for up to a month.
CALMERme https://calmerme.com/


Delish as a breakfast but you can also turn it into dessert by layering with fruit such as berries and topping with yoghurt or coconut cream.

Add your favorite spices. Cinnamon is a great one as it helps with blood sugar control.

You can add some of this granola to your trail mix for a bit of crunch.

What’s good about this recipe

Enough sweetness from the apple sauce and benefits of apple pectin which helps our gut microbiota.

Many variations possible including use only oats or change the grains to your other favorites like flaked quinoa or puffed millet.

Provides a tasty crunch of granola but without lots of extra ingredients.

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