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Gluten-Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola

Granola #18 but #1 in my childhood heart; this Gluten Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola will give you all the feelings of nostalgia but packs a way healthier punch than the supermarket cereal. I am a big fan of granola and childhood classics so this recipe was a must! Try this plant based, gluten free granola today!

Did you eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal when you were a kid? I did not. My mom stayed far far away from anything sugary but I did have sleepovers haha and that’s where I developed a real taste for it. Now, I will tell you right away that this granola and that cereal are VERY different. I like to keep things on the healthier side but for those of you who have been making my granolas for a while, you will notice that I increased the maple syrup ever so slightly to give this a touch more sweetness. Please feel free to increase or decrease as you see fit.

I also used my homemade cookie butter in this recipe. Let me tell you that this cookie butter alone will change your life and while it can be substituted for another nut butter like peanut or pecan I highly recommend giving that recipe a try and then coming back to this one because it does make a small but significant difference!

In the ever-expanding universe of granola on my website, I’m thrilled to introduce a nostalgic twist with this Gluten-Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola. I’m continually inspired by the flavors of my childhood, transformed into healthier, homemade versions. Today, we’re revisiting those sleepover mornings where Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal was the ultimate treat—only this time, we’re making it guilt-free and gluten-free!

What You’ll Need For Gluten-Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola

  • Gluten Free Oats: The backbone of any granola, gluten-free oats ensure this recipe is accessible to those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. They offer a hearty, chewy texture and a neutral canvas that absorbs the rich flavors of cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla beautifully.
  • Raw Almonds: Chopped almonds not only add a delightful crunch and nutty flavor but also pack the granola with heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber, making each spoonful as nutritious as it is delicious.
  • Raw Walnuts or Pecans: Either or both of these nuts can be used to introduce a different texture and depth of flavor. Walnuts offer a slightly bitter contrast to the sweetness of the granola, while pecans contribute a buttery richness that complements the cinnamon and maple syrup.
  • Pumpkin Seeds & Sunflower Seeds: These seeds mix in additional textures and layers of flavor, along with a boost of minerals like magnesium and zinc. They also add a slight earthiness that balances the granola’s overall sweetness.
  • Unsweetened Coconut: Coconut flakes lend a tropical hint and subtle sweetness, enhancing the granola’s complexity without adding extra sugar. Its crispy texture post-baking is a delightful surprise in every bite.
  • Cinnamon: The key spice that gives this granola its signature Cinnamon Toast Crunch vibe. Cinnamon not only adds warmth and spice but also has anti-inflammatory properties, making each bite as beneficial as it is flavorful. I love using the Chas Organics Cinnamon
  • Salt: Just a touch of salt is essential to balance the sweetness and amplify the granola’s array of flavors, making the cinnamon and vanilla notes pop even more.
  • Olive Oil: Used as a healthier fat option, olive oil helps to bind the granola ingredients together, ensuring they crisp up nicely in the oven without becoming too dry or burnt. You could swap this out for another oil that you have on hand if necessary.
  • Cookie Butter or Nut Butter: Incorporating my homemade cookie butter recipe is ideal however if you’re pinched on time and have another nut butter on hand that can work too.W Whichever butter you choose it will add a creamy, decadent element to the granola, enhancing its richness and helping to clump the oats and nuts together. This also introduces additional protein and healthy fats.
  • Maple Syrup: As a natural sweetener, maple syrup infuses the granola with a deep, caramel-like sweetness and moisture, contributing to the sticky clusters that make granola so irresistible.
  • Vanilla: A splash of vanilla extract rounds out all the flavors, adding a hint of aromatic sweetness that ties the entire recipe together, ensuring the granola has a comforting and familiar taste.

How to Make This Granola

To make your Cinnamon Toast Crunch granola start by preheating your oven and get out a large bowl. Combine all the dry ingredients, ensuring a uniform mixture that will serve as the base for your granola. Meanwhile, in a small pot over medium heat, combine the wet ingredients, stirring continuously until they are fully mixed and warm. This mixture of wet ingredients is then poured over the dry, mixing thoroughly until everything is fully coated.

Distribute the granola evenly across two baking sheets, ensuring the layer isn’t too thick; this is crucial for achieving that desirable crunch. You may be able to get away with one baking sheet if it’s large enough but just be mindful of how thick the layer is. Gently press the granola down onto the pans, compacting it slightly – this step will ensure clumps form as the mixture bakes. Slide the trays into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then, carefully turn the pans to ensure even cooking and return them to the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until golden.

After baking, the hardest part comes! Waiting!! Keep your hands off this granola until completely cool. I’ve said it once and I will say it again; this patience is rewarded with the clumpiest and most delicious granola your heart could desire.  Once cooled, use a spatula to gently lift the granola off the pans and store it in airtight jars. This step seals in the freshness and crunch, making your homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch granola a delightful, healthy snack or breakfast topping ready to enjoy whenever the craving strikes.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

For those who grew up loving Cinnamon Toast Crunch but are looking for a healthier alternative, this recipe is a dream come true. It’s not just gluten-free but can be customized several ways to suit your preference. This granola isn’t just for breakfast; it’s a treat that can be enjoyed as a snack or a dessert topping or really anytime you like! I love granola for breakfast 🙂

How to Store Your Granola

To keep your Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola fresh and crunchy, store it in airtight jars once it’s completely cooled. It will likely stay fresh longer than you think if it doesn’t get eaten up first! Share it with the family or keep it all to yourself this granola is sure to be enjoyed by everyone.

Other Granola Recipes You’ll Love

If this cinnamon-infused delight has sparked your interest, explore these other delicious granola recipes:

Blueberry Tahini Cardamom Granola

Pistachio Pecan Blueberry Granola

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Can you BELIEVE that I now have 18 different granolas on my website? I am floored that I still keep coming up with ideas BUT I do need your help! I would love to hear from my community on what flavours YOU want. I still have a few recipes in my brain but eventually, I will run out of steam so please comment below what you’d like to see next.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola

Teri-Ann Carty
Granola #18 but #1 in my childhood heart; this Gluten Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola will give you all the feelings of nostalgia but packs a way healthier punch than the supermarket cereal. I am a big fan of granola and childhood classics so this recipe was a must! Try this plant based, gluten free granola today!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 12 cups


  • 2 baking trays, stoneware baking trays, bowls, spatula, measuring spoons and cups, oven, stove top


  • 3 cups gf oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds chopped
  • 1 cup raw walnuts or pecans chopped
  • ½ cup each pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon divided
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup cookie butter or nut butter of choice
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 320 convection or 325 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Add all dry ingredients except 1 tbsp of cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Place wet ingredients plus 1 tbsp of cinnamon into a small pot. Heat over medium heat stirring until fully combined.
  • Pour wet over dry. Mix until evenly coated.
  • Divide granola onto 2 baking sheets. If you have 1 LARGE baking sheet it might fit. You want EVEN BAKING so if it is too thick, it won't clump and cook all the way through.
  • Press granola FIRMLY onto the pans.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, turn the pans and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Wait for the granola to COMPLETELY cool before using your spatula to lift off of the pan.
  • Store in airtight jars.
Keyword all things granola, cinnamon toast crunch, dairy free, easy granola recipe, gluten free

13 Responses

  1. Thank you Teri Ann for this delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch granola recipe. I made a batch this morning to share with my daughters. I made a half batch so I found the heat a bit high (my oven runs on the hotter side) so I found cutting the time back by 10 mins worked for me, while sill turning the pan for last 10 mins. Really satisfying and delicious!

  2. I made this yesterday & it’s delicious! I’ve been making granola for yrs & always cook it for 2hrs in a long & slow process. I was surprised to still get such big clusters when it cooked for such a short amount of time! Will defs be making this & trying other recipes again. Thank you!

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