Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Buckwheat Apple Granola

Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Buckwheat Apple Granola

If you adore cereal and are following a gluten-free, grain-free diet, eating breakfast cereals can be challenging. My recipe for gluten-free, grain-free buckwheat apple granola is so delicious you won’t miss regular cereal anymore!


Many commercial cereals are filled with gluten, corn syrup, genetically modified ingredients, refined grains, refined sugar, dyes, preservatives, synthetic vitamins, minerals, and chemicals.


Check out this ingredient list from a popular commercial cereal:


INGREDIENTS: This product contains: Sugar, corn flour, wheat flour, oat  flour, high fructose corn syrup, salt, milled corn, apple juice concentrate, dried apples, cinnamon, modified corn starch, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium phosphate, yellow #6, niacinamide, reduced iron, zinc oxide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), baking soda, riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), red #40, turmeric color, vitamin A palmitate, BHT (preservative), blue #1, folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.)


ALLERGENS: Wheat, Soybeans


I don’t know about you, but this is not something I want to put in my body on a regular basis. You can feel good about eating my granola recipe because it’s free of all synthetic and highly processed ingredients, and is packed with nutrients that will energize and nourish your body completely.


I just completed my 5 day healing whole foods detox cleanse where I gave up all gluten-containing foods for two weeks before the cleanse as well as the five days on the cleanse. Now that my detox cleanse is over, I decided to continue going gluten-free for a while longer since I feel so great without the gluten.


I created this yummy granola recipe to satisfy my taste for a crunchy cereal that I could enjoy for breakfast as an alternative to green smoothies and cooked breakfast options. This granola has a rich, satisfying flavor that comes from the combination of hearty buckwheat, warming spices, sweet fruit, crunchy nuts and seeds.


Buckwheat is an extremely nutritious fruit seed from the buckwheat plant. Buckwheat groats are a fantastic seed to use for creating cereals because they have great nutty flavor and a wonderful crunchy texture.



Buckwheat is gluten-free, grain-free, and rich in protein. Buckwheat is a good source of magnesium, vitamin C, and the flavonoids quercetin and rutin, which are powerful antioxidants which protect our bodies from free radical damage, inflammation, and degenerative diseases.


This delicious cereal is great served with raw milk, kefir, and nut or seed milks. I used the nuts, seeds, and dried fruits that I had on hand in my pantry but feel free to choose your favorites for this recipe.


For the chocolate lovers, you can make a chocolate version of this cereal by adding three tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder or cocoa powder in with the melted coconut oil.


What’s your favorite healthy breakfast? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.


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Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Buckwheat Apple Granola

Vegan, Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Makes around 8 cups

3 cups raw buckwheat groats

2 tablespoons lemon juice

6 cups filtered or spring water

¼ cup sprouted or raw white sesame seeds

3 tablespoons melted organic virgin coconut oil (good source)

¾ cup organic maple syrup—grade B or ½ cup raw honey

1½ teaspoons organic cinnamon

½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt

2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract

½ cup sprouted or raw sunflower seeds

½ cup sprouted or raw almonds

1½ cups dried organic apples (cut into small pieces)

¼ cup goldenberries or raisins

½ cup large unsweetened coconut flakes


1. Place buckwheat groats in a large bowl with lemon juice and water. Let groats soak for at least 2 hours or overnight at room temperature to remove the anti-nutrients.

2. Pour off the soaking water and rinse soaked groats well. Drain and place groats in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade and pulse until chunky but not completely pureed. Stir in sesame seeds and set aside.

3. Mix together melted coconut oil, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the buckwheat groats and mix thoroughly.

4. Spread buckwheat groats onto a sheet pan lined with silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Place in a 200˚ F oven and bake for several hours or until dry and crispy.

5. To make granola in a dehydrator you need to spread the buckwheat groats onto the nonstick sheets evenly and bake at 115 ˚ F  for 8-12 hours or until the top of the granola is dry to the touch and the sheet peels away easily. Flip the granola over in pieces and continue to dry for a few more hours or until dry and crispy.

5. Once the buckwheat granola is dry, break into smaller pieces in a bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy immediately or store granola in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 months.


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  1. Hi Shelley,
    well done for the 5 day detox, did you have any results from it?

    I didn’t know that buckwheat contained protein and magnesium and that you needed to soak it to remove the anti nutrients.
    Years ago I used to roast it in a frying pan and it was delicious.
    One day as I was roasting it a friend came in and she thought I was cooking meat.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Love and Light
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Yorinda, I did good on the detox, I lost some weight and my energy level increased! Buckwheat is so good as a substitute for wheat based commercial cereals. I also like buckwheat steamed and served with roasted vegetables mixed in. Your recipe sounds yummy. Love and Light to you too!

  2. Hi Shelley Your granola sounds wonderful but where does one find buckwheat groats! I have never even heard of this before! I do go to the Amish store once in a while Perhaps I could ask about this when I go there. I do know I have purchased their home made granola in the past and Loved it I did get more energy from snacking on this to.. Thanks for sharing Chery 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Chery, Buckwheat groats are usually found in most health and natural food stores. I have purchased them from Whole Foods, Lassens, and Erewhon here in California. Check your local markets and ask them if they carry raw buckwheat groats. You can also substitute raw oatmeal groats or steel cut gluten-free oats for the buckwheat. Keep me posted.

  3. All I can say is, Yum! I absolutely love granola, but I hear you about all those added ingredients that come along with most commercial cereals. Fortunately, we have a Whole Foods near us, so I’m going to be trying this recipe out. And I love that it’s gluten free!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      I’m so happy to hear that you will be making the granola soon Steve! I hope you like the recipe as much as I do.

  4. I made this last week and I’m going to make it again this week. First time I’ve used buckwheat groats and they were delicious in this granola. I used my dehydrator to dry the mix and it worked fine. And it made the whole house smell great!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      I so glad you enjoyed the granola recipe Jill! I just had it for breakfast today and it was so good! Thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe.

  5. Shelly Barrett says:

    I’m trying this recipe next. Yum.

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