Chia Almond Granola [Gluten Free]

This was not the recipe I planned on sharing today. This was the recipe I made while the recipe I planned to post was in the oven. This was like “well the oven is already preheated so I might as well play around” recipe, because you know once the oven is preheated you’ve gotta take advantage of it. Am I right?

But then when this came out of the oven, I couldn’t stop eating it. I eventually had to stuff it all in a mason jar and hide it from myself in the pantry so I didn’t keep eating eat. (I kept calling my name, but I managed to resist.) The thing is, I love crunchy granola. It’s all about the clusters. And the secret to clusters? Egg whites. Yes, really.

And even though this is chia almond granola, you can make it even if you don’t have chia seeds. It won’t be quite as cool & trendy as full of omega-3’s but it’ll still work. (I know, it’s hard to imagine someone not keeping their kitchen stocked with chia seeds.) So let’s get to that recipe.

chia almond granola

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Chia Almond Granola
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Recipe type: Granola
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup of oats (mine were gluten free)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp egg whites
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Stir in the melted coconut oil.
  4. Once combined, stir in the egg whites. Make sure you really get everything combined! The chia seeds have a tendency to want to clump.
  5. Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray and spread out the granola across the tray. It's ok if it's a little clustered together, since you want clumps, but don't make it too thick.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until it starts to brown.

chia almond granola with coconut oil

I made a pretty small batch because I wasn’t sure if it would be good, but you can certainly double this if you want to make more. I’m kind of already wishing I’d made a double batch…

granola with chia seeds

In other news, I’m thrilled it’s Friday! I feel like our to-do list has been getting a little out of control so I’m looking forward to tackling some house projects this weekend. My in-laws are coming next week (YAY!!) so I want to get a few things in order before they come for a visit.

Do you have any fun plans this weekend?


  1. Yum! It’s been a very long time since I’ve had granola!! This one looks so scrumptious! I need to get me some slivered almonds asap! No fun weekend plans, but trying to clean up some stuff and maybe work on a blog redesign…so I guess that’s fun in a really geeky way. 🙂

  2. I make granola every week and I am always looking for new recipes to try!

  3. Haha, I’m the same way once I heat up the oven! That trick with the egg whites is brilliant! Love how it adds more protein too!

  4. Oh this looks so good!! My dad is actually coming up next week as well, so I’ll be prepping for that!

  5. I haven’t had granola in forever. I was just thinking I wanted some the other day when I was eating my yogurt plain.
    Have a great weekend!

    • I loooove a little sprinkle on top of my yogurt! Something about the crunch is just too perfect!

  6. You’ve got me seriously pumped to make some granola now! I just told Andy that I wanted to make some instead of buying it, and this is perfect. I never knew about the egg white trick, thanks so much!

  7. I’m totally making this tonight! I’m in a $10,000 weight loss challenge (currently in #4 place!) and I’m not quite at the point of “I Heart Vegetables”, but slowly creeping up on “I Don’t Gag on Vegetables”. Your site has been a great resource. Glad I found you on Virginia Bloggers!

    • Hahaha that’s so awesome Rosemarie!! Good luck on the challenge!! I’m glad you’re warming up to vegetables 😉 haha

  8. Yum, yum, yum!! It’s fun to find GF-friendly breakfast recipes. This would be killer in my acai bowls!

  9. I make a lot of granola, and it’s always fun to try new things. I haven’t used eggs whites before, but I often use them on cocktail nuts, so it makes sense to me. I’ll have to try it, perhaps it will convince me to give up a little of the fat I normally use. We’ll see.

    • I hadn’t used egg whites in granola before but it really did help make it clumpy, which is what I love!

  10. I’ve never made my own granola, is that sad? This recipe looks awesome! And I have all of those ingredients, too 🙂

    • Haha I honestly don’t make it often because when I do, I tend to each the whole batch within a couple of days!

  11. I love it when an afterthought turns into a great recipe! I’ve yet to try egg whites in granola (or nuts), but need to! Pinned this…

  12. For once I have all the ingredients for a recipe! Whoo-hoo! I just bought a bag of chia seeds yesterday. Coconut + almond are some of my favorite flavors so I’ll definitely try this out. I’m always looking for something extra to put in my Greek yogurt 🙂

    • Nice!! I had been out of chia seeds for awhile and I just bought a new bag so I couldn’t resist adding them in 🙂

  13. This looks great! I love granola and have to hide it from myself too! We’re planning on working around the house because the weather is FINALLY nice enough to do some painting projects. Yay spring!

  14. My favorite thing about granola is that you can make it your own! Great combination of ingredients!

  15. It’s been ages since I made granola and I need this in my body ASAP. I know what I’m making tonight 😉

  16. Can’t wait to make this! It’s been too long since I’ve made my own granola – that needs to change ASAP!

  17. mmMMMM…I love me a good granola. Weekend plans are just to max it and relax it. I love lazy weekends. I’ll probably cook, see some movies and do lots of hiking. Have fun getting ready to hang with your inlaws.

  18. Ooo I can’t wait to try this recipe! I LOVE granola, but I’ve avoided making it lately because I’m trying to watch my sugar intake and I tend to eat. it. all. This looks like a perfect answer to that – thank you!

  19. I love chia anything! Never thought to make my own with some chia!! 🙂 I’ve tried a coconut chia one from Nature’s path but I just find them too sweet. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. This looks and sounds ah-maaaz-ing! The cool and trendy/full of Omega 3s comment cracked me up. 🙂

  21. This looks so yummy!

  22. dang, i missed this on Friday. can we extend the weekend so i can make it for monday? haha

  23. mmm granola! What a beautiful weekend here in RVA right? This week looks like perfect tanning weather!


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