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Grain Free Granola

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If you are a regular visitor here, you know that we love granola at our house, so I set about finding a worthy grain free, gluten free, paleo style granola recipe to replace our old standby recipe.

I started by replacing the rolled oats with sliced almonds and then adding unsweetened shredded coconut to form the base of the recipe, after that I played around with different ratios of oil and sweetener until I came up with a lightly sweet and very crunchy mixture.  For the final step I added the usual suspects of dried fruits and other nuts giving me an end result that was toasty, sweet, crispy and very tasty!  Like any other granola, it can be used as a cereal, a fruit topper, a yogurt mix in, or whatever else you normally do with granola.

Grain Free Granola

Grain Free Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup walnuts (or other nut of your choice), chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey (or other liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (I like lots of cinnamon!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • generous pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
  • In a large bowl mix sliced almonds, shredded coconut, salt, cinnamon and chopped walnuts. Add coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.
  • Spread the mixture out onto a large sheet pan and cook for approx 30 minutes, stirring well after 15 minutes. Watch your granola carefully while it bakes as it may take longer or shorter for your oven to fully toast the mixture. You should take it out when the almonds and coconut have toasted to the shade of brown that you prefer. Don't worry if it doesn't seem very crunchy when you first take it out as it will crisp more as it cools.
  • When you have removed the tray from the oven, add in your dried fruit and mix it around on the tray with a spatula.
  • *Optional: After the granola has cooled completely, add 1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips.
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4 Comments

  1. Your granola looks delicious. I have found making granola more challenging than people think. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us on foodie friday.

  2. Your granola sounds delicious. Sometimes I find that regular granolas have too many grains in them for my taste, so this looks really good to me. It’s so much nicer making granolas from scratch, and I like the chocolate chip variation for a treat!

  3. This granola looks great and easy too! YUM
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  4. Looks delicious, Jen. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. The next party is live!! http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/02/tasty-thursdays-29.html
    Thanks, Nichi

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