Granola is like trail mix – I’d rather make my own and decided what to put in it and what to leave out. It’s not fun to pick thru the mix to eat only what you want. It wastes both food and time. This lead me to come up with my own granola recipe, and *gasp* I left out the oats. This paleo granola is all nuts and seeds, zero grains, and it turned out delicious!
There are multiple benefits to making your own granola. You get to decide what goes in it & you can control the amount/type of sugar. Granola is usually pretty calorie dense on it’s own (meaning the serving size is small). Adding lots of sugar and sweeteners to this only makes it worse. Pre-packaged granola is usually full of sugar. There are lots more options now, but I still prefer to make my own. It also allows you to adjust ingredients based on allergies or dietary needs.
This granola only has naturally occurring sugar in it coming from honey. Your body digests this sugar differently because it is a natural source of sugar, so the insulin spike is not as great. As with anything, natural sources of sugar should still be consumed in moderation. In granola recipes, honey is great to use for this reason because it also serves as a sticky ‘binder’ to help hold the granola together and create those delicious clusters.
While I don’t eat a paleo diet, this recipe is paleo friendly. I loved the seed and nut combo in this recipe because it allows me to eat my carbs from other sources. The dried fruit and honey add some carbs, but this granola is high in fat and much lower in carbs compared to average granola.
You can switch up the dried fruit in this recipe depending on the season and what kind of fruit you like. I always recommend using unsweetened dried fruit, because fruit is naturally sweet! I used golden berries which were delicious, but you could use anything.
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Granola
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (chopped) - I used golden berries, use whatever dried fruit you like
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 T water
- 1.5 T coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or with baking sheet liner.
- 2. Add first 3 ingredients to blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop the nuts, but do NOT grind into a fine meal.
- 3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg white with water until bubbly and kinda foamy.
- 4. Melt the coconut oil in microwave.
- 5. Add melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon & salt to the egg white/water mix and whisk together well.
- 6. Pour the chopped nut mix into the mixing bowl, along with the dried fruit & shredded coconut. Stir everything to make sure it is well coated.
- 7. Spread the granola mixture evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes or untill browned and crispy. Stir once after 10 minutes.
- 8. Remove granola from oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. DO NOT STIR. This is when the delicious clusters are formed!
- 9. Use a spatula and lift granola to break into large pieces.
- 10. Once cool, store in a glass, air tight container
- 11. ENJOY!!
- ** Granola can go from done to burned very quickly. Be sure to watch it!
- Can sub honey for maple syrup to make the recipe vegan. Add 10 minutes to cooking time.
- Can sub olive oil or avocado oil for the coconut oil.