I’ve been teasing this granola for long enough on my Instagram stories, because I couldn’t decide whether to call this granola a Vegan Snickerdoodle Granola or Vegan Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola. I’m happy to report that I landed on Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola the second I ate it, and especially after eating it with milk–cereal style. I’ve shared this granola with 4 friends, and almost wish I hadn’t because it’s that good, and they all voted Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They also all asked me for more!

This is the first granola recipe I’m sharing on my blog since I’ve updated my site, and it’s perfectly crunchy and clustery but also vegan, gluten free, oil free and refined sugar free! Yes–that’s right! Granola can be made healthy. We’re replacing oil with a healthy source of fat–almond butter, and also tossing in some cashews for additional texture and creaminess, which really adds to the cinnamon toast flavour. The result is chunky granola with a perfect crisp.

It’s a pretty simple recipe so I don’t have too much else to say about it, but I can vouch that it’s delicious on top of vegan yogurt (as my friend Alex has reported back to me), on top of smoothie bowls and nice cream, eaten with milk and also delicious by the handful (not that I’d know…). The only tip I’d share is to make sure you’re using a nonstick surface to bake the granola. You can opt for parchment paper, or a non-stick baking mat, which I personally prefer using.

I’m warning you in advance–this Vegan Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola won’t last long in your kitchen because it’s that. good. Before you store it though, please make sure you allow it to cool completely. This step is crucial but will be a challenge because your kitchen is going to smell like cinnamon toast crunch, guaranteed, but it’s important so that you don’t end up with condensation, and ultimately a soggy batch of granola. This is the jar that I used (26oz for reference), and it made a little more than the full jar of granola.

P.S. if you’re into cinnamon, you’ll LOVE the Tahini Teddy Grahams I shared last week.

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Crunchy Cinnamon Toast Granola (vegan, gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free)

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x


A healthy and delicious granola recipe that tastes like cinnamon toast! This recipe is vegan, gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free and requires only 7 ingredients to make.


  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cashews (or pecans, or a mix of both!)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup roasted almond butter (aim to use one with no added sugars, oils etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 320F while you prepare the granola.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt until smooth.
  3. Add rolled oats and cashews and mix with a spatula until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Transfer mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet or nonstick baking mat and spread out evenly. The more spread out, the more evenly the granola will cook–try to avoid tall stacks of granola mixture as it will result in uneven baking.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, flip or toss granola and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until granola is golden brown. Mine was perfectly cooked at about 25 minutes!
  6. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baking

Keywords: granola, breakfast, healthy breakfast, vegan, gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free, cinnamon toast, plant based

Love & crunch granola,


Filed under: Breakfast, Eat, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Sweet Treats

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BY Remy • April 15, 2019

Vegan Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola (gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free)

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  1. Daniela Betanzo says:
    Hi Remy. I had been waiting for you to post this recipe ever since you posted the first picture of it on Instagram. So of course when I saw you posted the recipe I had to make it straight away. It is by far the best granola I've ever made. Clean simple ingredients and so easy. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Elizabeth Carroll says:
    This granola recipe is perfect. It's easy to make, is full of clean ingredients, easy to modify - and tastes GREAT. I used a combination of pecans and cashews, Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter, increased my cook time to 30 minutes at 320F. The instructions were clear and easy to follow! I will most definitely be making this granola again. Me, my son, and my entire office sampled some and it was a hit! Thank you Remy!

    • Remy says:
      This makes me SO happy! I'm so glad you enjoyed, and could share with friends and family too :-) Vanilla almond butter sounds... like I need to make a batch with that right now hahaha!! xo
  3. Emily says:
    Great recipe!! I subbed the almond butter for peanut and it came out sooo yummy!! Probably need to make a second batch haha

    • Remy says:
      Yay! I'm so glad you liked it, and also LOVE that sub--thank you for sharing that! xo
    • Nell Stults says:
      I was thinking the same thing as I don't have almond butter. I don't have cashews either which means, Oh No!!!, I must go to the store ;)
  4. Alexandra says:
    Favorite granola recipe I've ever made!! It's the first oil free recipe I've tried that still baked into big clusters which made me so happy. The only thing I switched up was doing half cinnamon and half pumpkin pie spice for a little autumn nostalgia. 10/10 recommend!

    • Remy says:
      I love that autumn twist! Pumpkin spice cinnamon toast sounds like an amazing combo to me ;) So happy you enjoyed thank you Alexandra!
  5. Carolina Varela says:
    It's an effortless recipe and it's soooo yummy! (too yummy, I might have to do it again soon...) Its delicious with banana, fresh apple, mylk, or even just eating it with a spoon right out the jar! One of the first recipes I tried and I'm obsessed! Great work, Remy!! ✨

    • Remy says:
      I'm so happy you enjoyed Carolina! I agree-so easy to make... and even easier to eat too quickly oops! Thank you for the review :)
  6. Sina says:
    This is?amazing, I really recommend making it. It doesn’t only taste amazing your house will smell like cinnamon, if u of course like that ;) I recommend when you live in Switzerland to not put it longer in then suggested maybe a bit lower heat or you’ll burn that goodness. Lots of Love! <3

  7. Priscilla says:
    Great recipe, best ever granola and so simple and quick to make. A definite keeper- have recipe now attached to back of the larder door. Thank to so much for this.

    • Remy says:
      Thank you so much for the review Priscilla! I'm so glad you enjoyed :) This is a repeat in my kitchen toooo! YUM
  8. Sue says:
    Delicious! Modifying my second batch with sun butter and pepitas for my grandbabies to take to school.
  9. Katya says:
    Loooved it. Best granola recipe ever ????

  10. Lydia says:
    This granola is seriously soooo delicious!! Took no effort at all and the result was cinnamon goodness. If cozy had a flavor, it'd taste like this. Brought back all the cinnamon toast crunch warm fuzzies but super healthy and good-feeling!! Remy, you nailed it again!

    • Remy says:
      Hi Lydia!!! I'm so glad you liked it and I felt the same way--the nostalgic fuzzies for childhood cereal hehe :) xo
  11. Maria says:
    Soooo Good! I subbed the almond butter for peanut butter and cashews for sunflower seeds (much more cheaper here in Portugal). Thanks for the recipe.
  12. Laura says:
    I made this a couple of times but unfortunately it doesn't taste like cinnamon anymore once it comes out of the oven.. I'll try adding the spices after baking.

  13. Michelle says:
    Sooo good! I used a mix of PB, tahini and sunflower seeds butter in place of the almond butter. I opened up a new giant bag of oats so I had to do 1.5 of the recipe to remove enough oats for easy reseal. But thank God I remembered to 1.5 ALL ingredients! I love it and we'll be a repeat! Thanks for sharing!

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