Flax Granola with Cinnamon and Sunflower Seeds

This cinnamon flax granola is packed full of nutrition and flavor. It will start your day off on the right foot and taste great!

Cinnamon Flax Granola | RachelCooks.com
We’re granola addicts in our household. I have my standard recipe memorized but every time I make it, it changes a bit. And of course, I don’t really measure at this point so it always turns out the same, but a bit different.

This cinnamon flax granola has so many great nutritional benefits from the cinnamon, flaxseed, and ground flaxseed. It’s delicious, filling, and unbelievably easy to make. If you’re buying expensive granola from the store, you have to try this recipe. This might be my favorite rendition yet, but I do love the vanilla bean granola. And let’s not forget about the chocolaty mocha granola. Of course, there is always the traditional granola, or if there is a cool breeze in the air, you might want to try the fall-inspired apple crisp granola.

One of my favorites is this easy granola recipe with pecans and cranberries!



One of my favorite things about granola is that it is so easy to customize based on what you have in the house or what you might be in the mood for. You can easily throw in different nuts, seeds and play around with different spices or seasons. (I almost wrote herbs instead of spices. That would be….umm…different. But you know, worth a shot. Maybe a strawberry basil granola? Or maybe I need to go to bed.)

How I love this Cinnamon Flax Granola:

Enjoy this on its own, with yogurt (my favorite), in a bowl with milk, or on top of ice cream (my real favorite).

Cinnamon Flax Granola

This granola is packed full of nutrition and flavor thanks to flax seed and cinnamon. It will start your day off on the right foot and taste great!

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  • 3 cups thick-cut rolled oats
  • 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons whole flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 sliced raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons oil (I use canola)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, ground flaxseed, coconut, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, salt, raw almonds and cinnamon.
  3. In a small bowl or mixing cup, mix together brown sugar, honey, vanilla and oil. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds on 50% power. Stir and pour into dry ingredients. Mix until all dry ingredients are coated in wet ingredients.
  4. Spread out onto prepared sheet pan into an even layer and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and return to oven for 15-20 more minutes or until brown. Cool completely before storing.

Nutrition Information

Yield: about 5 cups, Serving Size: 1/3 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 220 Calories
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Protein: 6g
Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.
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Verdict: Love, love, love this.
Husband’s take: One of his favorite breakfasts. He mixes it with rice krispies (yeah…I know…whatever.) and eats it while he shaves in the morning.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but they are always fun.
Difficulty: Easy.


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  1. You use microwave????

  2. So excited to nibble on this all week long! I sub’ed out the oil entirely for sugar-free apple sauce. The results were seamless! Great way to use up some extra Flax seed too!

  3. Hey everybody! As a major lover of granola, this recipe definitely met my standards. Crunchy and delicious. A quick suggestion of mine would be to supplement agave nectar for brown sugar. Because it is considerably sweeter than sugar, does not affect bees the same way honey does (yay vegans!), and has a lower glycemic index, it makes for an excellent substitute. Try using 3 1/2 tablespoons of agave instead of 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. Enjoy :)

  4. I love how adaptable homemade granola is! This variation sounds wonderful!

  5. I don’t eat enough granola. It’s a shame. But after seeing this, I know I need to change my ways!!

  6. Oh YUM! Granola is something I’ve just recently started experimenting with…I know, why did I wait so long?! Love the addition of the ground flax in this! And I can totally see it working in a bowl of Rice Krispies! ;)

  7. Granola is tasty!! There’s something about the chewy, crunchy texture for me…love it!

  8. I have been crazy about making my own granola lately. This cinnamon version looks fantastic!

  9. Cinnamony granola with a little almond milk is just one of my favorite things! Must give this a try soon.

  10. This looks so wonderful with all of that cinnamon goodness!

  11. I totally pinned this! Looks yummy! :)

  12. Oh my! That looks awesome! I’m such a sucker for anything flavored with cinnamon :)

  13. I love love love homemade granola. Adore this recipe!

  14. What a great looking granola, Rachel! Love all the flavors you added in!

  15. That’s one of my favorite things about granola recipes – they are so easy to customize and change up based on what’s hiding in the pantry. :) This granola looks amazing Rachel! I love cinnamon anything. I buy cinnamon in huge containers at Costco… and (embarrassingly) go through them quite quickly!

  16. cinnamon granola love the sound of that…and on top of ice cream why have i not thought of that?

  17. I’ve never had granola like this, only in bars, but I feel like I would be able to eat this all day long. Sounds real good!

  18. I love a good granola and this one looks perfectly delicious!

  19. Love homemade granola! It looks delicious!

  20. You should not use Canola oil.. It is very bad for anyone or anything to ingest. I just just thought I would pass this along.. The recipe looks great minus that one ingredient.

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