Grain-Free Granola Recipe

Sunday is oddly one of my favorite days of the week. I love waking up early, listening to a book on tape, and getting my cooking done for the week (find out more about my meal prep cooking here). Something about my Sunday routine is so relaxing. Sometimes I use cooking to procrastinate my work, but honestly it's the best way for me to stop thinking and be in the moment. I get out of my head and focus on just one thing, food.

This past week I shared with you some of my snack ideas. Today, I want to share my granola recipe. I made a batch this morning when I woke up. I hadn't made this recipe since the summer, so it was lovely to smell the delicious cinnamon and  nuts roasting in my oven this morning. This granola is gluten AND grain free. That's right, no "oatmeal filler" here! 

Topped my pumpkin breakfast scramble with pumpkin butter, almond butter and granola for some crunch :) 

My sister and I started experimenting with granola over a year ago. We found a bunch of recipes, but as we tried various ones each seemed to be missing something. We decided to pick aspects of each that we liked, use our favorite ingredients and mesh it together. We tried several combinations until one day it was perfect. The problem was, we didn't write it down! We couldn't remember what we had done to finally get the perfect granola! A few more tries and diligent note taking and we had it! My favorite thing about this recipe (besides the fact that it is rich in healthy fats and super low in added sugar) is that it can be modified depending on your favorite nuts. Enjoy!

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 c almond meal (coarse ground such as from Trader Joes)
  • ½ c flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sea salt- more to taste
  • 1 c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ c sunflower seeds (or any other seeds/nut of a similar size such as pumpkin seeds, cashew pieces, sliced or slivered almonds)
  • ~2 c mix unroasted, unsalted nuts (combo of almonds, pecans, walnuts is my favorite)
  • 1 big handful of dried wild blueberries (or other dried fruit diced up)

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ c coconut oil in solid form
  • ¼ c + 1 Tbsp honey 

1.    Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a large baking sheet with foil (this makes for easier clean up).

2. Mix all dry ingredients (EXCEPT dried fruit) in a large bowl.

3. Melt coconut oil in microwave. Mix in the honey and vanilla and then stir into the dry until everything is moistened.

4. Use a spatula to spread granola evenly on the baking sheet.

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Gently stir and flip in sections. Taste a piece. if it needs more salt, now is a good time to sprinkle on some more.

6. Increase temperature to 325 degrees.

7. While oven temp increases sprinkle your dried fruit over the just flipped granola and press down into the granola with a spatula.

8.  Return to the oven for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want it to darken too much and taste burnt.

9.  Once removed from the oven let it cool, this is what will let it get crunchy.

Finished product! YUM!

10.  Enjoy over full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, with almond milk, or just by the handful!

And of course, sharing it is the best part :) 

Give it a try, let me know how it goes!

remember: real food wins

Til next time :)