Chai Spiced Granola (gluten-free, grain-free)

This gluten-free, grain-free, chai spiced granola recipe is made from almonds, pecans, a variety of seeds and warming chai spices.

chai spiced granola (grain-free)

It’s amazing how a little granola can make me happy – but it does. Especially when it’s chai-spiced granola…and smells up your whole kitchen with a beautiful spice smell. Who doesn’t love that?!

I’ve been wanting to make a gluten-free, grain-free granola recipe since I returned from Bali last month. The impetus? Smoothie breakfast bowls! You see, I devoured the most delicious smoothie breakfast bowls while traveling the tropical island, but each time I had to request no granola. Most of the granola toppings contained gluten or were questionable – and as a celiac, I didn’t want to risk it. So I always ordered my smoothie bowls granola-free…but secretly wished I had that extra crunch.

My pitaya smoothie bowl has toasted cashews which satisfy the crunch-factor for that recipe, but oodles of crunch-less pitaya bowls in Bali (I know, I’m not getting any sympathy) inspired me to create a 100% grain-free granola. And I really think you’re gonna love it!

Not only is this granola recipe gluten-free and grain-free, it’s has the most fragrant and flavorful mix of chai spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cardamom. The recipe below makes a significant amount, so you’ll always have granola on hand when you need it. The perfect kind of meal prep.

I’ve been putting this chai spiced granola on my homemade yogurt for the last week (sooo good!), but you can sprinkle it on virtually anything for a flavor and crunch boost.


Update: I’ve added this granola to my mango smoothie bowl and it’s amazing!

chai spiced granola (grain-free)

chai spiced granola (grain-free)

This gluten-free, grain-free granola recipe is a chai spiced granola made from almonds, pecans, a variety of seeds and warming chai spices.

This gluten-free, grain-free granola recipe is a chai spiced granola made from almonds, pecans, a variety of seeds and warming chai spices.

This gluten-free, grain-free granola recipe is a chai spiced granola made from almonds, pecans, a variety of seeds and warming chai spices.

Chai Spiced Granola (Grain-Free)

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 2 quarts
Author: Lisa Bryan
This gluten-free, grain-free, chai spiced granola recipe is made from almonds, pecans, a variety of seeds and warming chai spices.
Note: I use all raw nuts and seeds in this recipe.


  • 2 cups almonds
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons organic blackstrap molasses
  • cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 275°F (135°C). Place your nuts and seeds into a food processor, and pulse until they've been chopped to a medium texture. Alternatively, you can roughly chop them with a knife.
  • Place the nuts and seeds into a large mixing bowl. Add the spices, molasses, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir together thoroughly.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the granola mix evenly between the two pans in a single, flat layer.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the sheet pans from the oven and stir the granola. Rotate your pans when you place them back in the oven. Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, being careful not to burn the granola. Note: It can quickly go from golden to burned within a minute, so keep an eye on it. It won't look any different when it's done baking and will still be soft - that's fine. It will harden once it cools.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. Place it in a sealed container and store it for future use.


Calories: 2169kcal, Carbohydrates: 152g, Protein: 63g, Fat: 161g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Sodium: 25mg, Potassium: 2401mg, Fiber: 32g, Sugar: 96g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 568mg, Iron: 16.5mg
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chai Spiced Granola, Gluten Free Granola, grain free granola, paleo granola
©Downshiftology. Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.
DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?Leave a comment below and share a photo on Instagram. Tag @downshiftology and hashtag it #downshiftology.

Leave a Comment

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you for sharing your feedback!

Recipe Rating

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

31 comments on “Chai Spiced Granola (gluten-free, grain-free)”

  1. How would I incorporate the oat pulp (from making oat milk) into the granola recipe?

  2. Thank you for this recipe, Lisa. I can’t wait to try it. Is black molasses interchangeable with regular molasses? I’ve been researching but I’m more confused than ever. I am counting on you to help me figure this out 😃 Thank you very much!5 stars

  3. Absolutely scrumptiously delicious! Going to give it to friends as gifts before I eat it all :) My only changes were adding a couple shakes of black pepper (always in chai and golden milk and love the taste) and a bit of salt (I’m a salt fanatic). Thanks!5 stars

  4. This is my go-to granola recipe. I love it on granola with bananas and almond butter, but tonight I splurged and had it on vanilla ice cream. Delicious either way!5 stars

  5. I’m never buying granola again, this is the best thing I’ve ever had!! 🤤
    I just don’t like cashews so I used some walnuts and macadamia instead and it worked perfectly 😊 and the maple syrup and molasses are a great combo, plus the smell! Yumm 😋
    Thank you ♥5 stars

  6. Hi Lisa,
    I absolutely love this granola recipe!! However, I couldn’t find the blackstrap molasses. Do you have any ideas for replacing it?
    Thank you!

  7. Hi Lisa, Do you need to activate the nuts and seeds before using them as in the recipe?
    Thank you,

  8. delicious! I added some oats as well. Even my husband has been gobbling it up!5 stars

  9. Does this granola have 1,200 kcals? What is the serving size? 

    • Hi Pearl- This recipe is divided into 2 quarts for the nutritional information. So each quart is about 1,084 calories.

  10. When this recipe came out i was soooo happy!! A gluten free, home made granola recipe.
    What i love about the recipe is the addition of allspice in the spicemix. I do use it a lot in savory dishes but after trying it in my granola, i’ve never made it without it. 1/2 tsp may seem little but the flavour is just so perfect!5 stars

    • Hi Mallory – I’m so glad you’ve found a homemade granola recipe that you love! The allspice definitely makes this granola.

  11. I used leftover pulp from making almond milk and it was a great way to use the remains and not waste anything. Very tasty. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  12. Have you ever substituted Blackstrap molasses with honey or maple syrup? I can’t do molasses and was wondering what would be a good substitute. 

  13. Can you add gluten free oats to this recipe?

  14. Have just made this.  That is amazing why?  I don’t like granola!  The ones from the shop I’ve tried are bland, uninspiring, laden with sugar.  Didn’t have cashews on hand so used walnuts.  The smell!!!! My god the smell!!!  Have had a taste too, sooooooo unable to wait until tomorrow for the mango bowl.   5 stars

  15. Pingback: How to Make Homemade Yogurt (Easy, Step-by-Step)

  16. Pingback: My Favorite Holiday Ingredients