Gluten-Free Granola Butter

Jul 12, 2023

Granola butter is a delicious and versatile spread that can level up a wide variety of recipes. Our granola easily transforms into a thick, creamy, low-carb version rivaling your favorite nut butter. Our simple low-carb granola butter recipe relies on just a pinch of honey to offer a subtly sweet flavor and which elevates the warm spices for a rich, indulgent treat. 


Granola butter is a fantastic snack dip you didn't know you needed. Traditionally it's made with oat-based granola, but our amazing nut-based granola blends up just as well and offers you a great nutritious boost from all the nuts and seeds. Whether you're enjoying it drizzled over apple slices, added to a smoothie, or on top of a bowl of banana nice cream, this warm and toasted granola butter will keep you coming back for more.  


What is granola butter? 


Granola butter is simply granola blended with melted coconut oil until it becomes a thick and creamy spread similar to nut butter. This is a naturally gluten-free treat, but the traditional version tends to be higher in both carbs and sugar, depending on the type of granola used. 


Because NuTrail granola is nut-based, you'll never have to worry about added sugar and high carbs. Instead, you can treat yourself to delicious granola butter with many flavor combinations thanks to all our delicious granola varieties. You can make granola butter in just minutes, spread it on toast, use it as a dip, or even enjoy a tasty spoonful. 


Why You'll Love It 


Simple - This recipe is straightforward and doesn't require much more than a handful of ingredients and a high-speed food processor or blender. No cooking is needed, so if you can push a button, you can make this recipe. 


Healthy - If you make granola butter using our granola, you'll end up with a much healthier result than you would with a traditional variety. Nuts are a known source of nutrients, and this is a great way to enjoy your fruit or add a bit of energy to your mornings in a super tasty way. 


Versatile - Having granola in spreadable form is so useful because it has a practically endless amount of applications. Like almond butter, you can enjoy your granola butter spread on pancakes or mix it into smoothies for a rich nutty flavor.




NuTrail Cinnamon Pecan - Granola butter tastes delicious with all the flavors, but Cinnamon Pecan is the featured variety for this recipe because it adds subtle warm spices that complement a wide variety of food. 


Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is the key to ensuring the granola butter consistency is spreadable and enjoyable. This recipe uses refined coconut oil, which does not have a coconut oil taste. If you prefer, you can use unrefined coconut oil.  


Honey - All it takes is a tablespoon of honey to get the granola butter to just the right level of sweetness. Pure maple syrup would be an excellent alternative and be perfect for enjoying in the Fall alongside a dash of pumpkin pie spice in your granola butter.  


Ground Cinnamon - A dash of this light, comforting aromatic helps the granola butter deliver a warm hug to your taste buds as soon as you dig in. It helps reinforce the flavor already in our granola for a well-rounded treat.  


Vanilla Extract - Vanilla adds a rich depth of flavor and balancing sweetness that comes in the form of its sweet smell and the way it counters the savory nature of the nuts. 


Tips and Substitutions 


  • Melted coconut oil is key to creating the proper texture. If yours has hardened, scoop it into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to get it melted without becoming too hot. 
  • A high-speed blender or food processor makes a huge difference. Because you're working to break down the granola, it's best to use a powerful appliance with a blade that reaches low enough for you even to be able to make a small amount of granola butter at a time. Depending on the size of your blender and the batch, you may need to scrape the sides down with a rubber spatula to help it incorporate. 
  • There isn't a single NuTrail flavor that this granola butter would not be deliciously made from. Swap out the granola based on your preferences, and feel free to get creative with how you choose to treat your tastebuds. Our Vanilla Strawberry flavor offers a more vibrant and fruity flavor, while our cacao granola delivers a rich and chocolatey indulgent base.   

FAQ Granola Butter 


What goes with granola butter? 

Fresh fruit, toast, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes, and waffles all are great ways to enjoy granola butter. 


Is granola butter healthy?

Your granola butter is only as healthy as the granola that it is made from. Our granola has a low glycemic index and uses nuts and seeds as a base. Some may use added sugar alongside other ingredients for flavoring. Always read the labels to determine what's right for you. 


Is granola butter gluten-free?

Some granola butter is not gluten-free, but it depends on what's in the granola. Our granola is gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for grain-free, low carb, and keto. 


Can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil?

Technically yes, but olive oil tends to have a stronger taste. Neutral oils such as refined coconut oil don't affect the taste of the granola but simply work to help achieve the right texture. 


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Granola Butter 

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Yield 1/2 cup, 2 tablespoons per serving 

1 cup Cinnamon Pecan Nutrail granola 

2 tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted 

1 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup 

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 


Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender or food processor. Process on high for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides as often as needed.  


When done, the mixture should resemble nut butter, such as almond butter. It will be mostly smooth but still have small chewy bits for the perfect texture.  


Store the granola butter in a mason jar or airtight container on the counter for up to 1 week. Alternatively, you can refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. It will solidify in the fridge, but you can warm it in the microwave to melt it or enjoy chilled with a fudge-like consistency straight from the fridge.