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no-sugar-added granola

fruit smoothie-infused granola

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
  • Diet: Vegan


If you accidentally spilled a fruit smoothie onto your oats and baked it, that’s sort of what this fruit smoothie-infused granola is! Instead of adding any kind of sugar or syrup to the recipe, you’ll get natural sweetness from a blended combination of banana and 100% fruit juice — a smoothie!


  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) fruit juice of choice, such as 100% apple or pomegranate juice
  • 1 medium fully-ripened banana, peeled (4.5 ounces slices; 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups (200 grams) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup (37 grams) raw sunflower seeds, hulled and unsalted
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup (75 grams) no-shells lightly salted roasted pistachios


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a blender, puree the fruit juice, banana, oil, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour into a medium bowl. Add the oats, sunflower seeds, and salt and stir to evenly combine.
  3. Spread out the granola mixture onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes. Stir in the pistachios and bake until the granola is just crisp, about 15 minutes more.
  4. Remove from the oven, place baking sheet on a cooling rack*, and let cool to fully crisp. Serve as desired, such as with plant-based yogurt, fresh berries, and an optional drizzling of coconut nectar.


*Optional add-ins immediately after baking: Dried tart cherries, diced dried figs or dates, cacao nibs, and/or toasted coconut chips.


  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 4g includes 0g added sugars
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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