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Paleo Granola

Gluten free, grain-free, refined sugar-free paleo granola. This simple recipe incorporates nuts and seeds, plus – bonus points – you end up with huge granola clusters!

 
 

Do you ever get such a massive hankering for something crunchy that it can’t be contained, quenched, or satisfied with anything other than granola?

This happens to me regularly. I go about my business eating my veggies and rice and salmon on a weekly basis, then all of a sudden, BOOM! Mega need for something hard to chew on.

Grain-Free Paleo Granola made with nuts and seeds. This refined sugar-free recipe yields huge granola clusters and is super crunchy and delicious for breakfast

When these savage cravings occur, I head to the bulk bins at the store and buy up all the nuts and seeds to make my own paleo granola that is free of refined sugar and grains.

I love making paleo granola myself because I have the ultimate control of how much sugar goes in. Plus, I enjoy experimenting with various nuts, seeds, and flavors.

Grain-Free Paleo Granola made with nuts and seeds. This refined sugar-free recipe yields huge granola clusters and is super crunchy and delicious for breakfast or snack

So here’s my go-to paleo granola. It’s super straight-forward, incorporating ingredients you can buy in bulk from any grocery store.

I love eating it with a splash of almond milk and fresh seasonal fruit. If you’re fine with dairy, this paleo granola makes for an amazing topping to yogurt!

This granola has the perfect crispy crunch, plus you achieve huge granola clusters.

Largely-sized clusters are a major plus in granola. No one likes a granola that is, in actuality, a glorified museli. Museli’s great. But granola without cluster is like a sailboat without sails, IMO.

Tips For Preparing This Recipe

  1. Use a variety of nuts and seeds. Raw walnuts, cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seed…toss it all in!
  2. Use dried fruit and unsweetened coconut flakes. Both add natural sweetness and flavor without having to add processed sugar. Just be sure to use juice-sweetened dried fruit in order to keep this recipe paleo-friendly.
  3. Give your ingredients a good chop or run through the food processor. This will create itty bitty granola bits that make for great granola-ing.
  4. Use natural sweeteners. I used coconut sugar in my Walnut Granola Cluster recipe, honey in my Walnut & Date Granola recipe (and this one), and have also used pure maple syrup. Natural sweeteners a good granola make.
  5. Use an egg white and water. I know, it sounds strange. But it helps hold all of the ingredients together, and makes for a crispy granola with large clusters. We want the biggest clusters we can get.

How to Make Paleo Granola:

Grain-Free Paleo Granola made with nuts and seeds. This refined sugar-free recipe yields huge granola clusters and is super crunchy and delicious for breakfast

Whisk together the egg white and water in a bowl. Gather your paleo granola ingredients, you granola gathering fool 😉 .

Add the nutty and seedy ingredients to a blender or food processor (I use my Black & Decker Food Processor), and process for just a couple of seconds, grinding some of the nuts finely, and leaving many of the nuts chopped or whole.

Spread this granola mixture out on a parchment-lined baking sheet, creating an even layer, and bake.

Allow the granola to rest at least 30 minutes before breaking it into clusters using a spatula or wooden spoon. Be sure you let the granola sit when it’s out of the oven, as this is when the clustering magic happens.

Maple-sweetened Grain-Free Paleo Granola made with nuts and seeds. This refined sugar-free recipe yields huge granola clusters and is super crunchy and delicious for breakfast

 

You know the drill. It’s crunch time!

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Grain-Free Paleo Granola made with nuts and seeds. This refined sugar-free recipe yields huge granola clusters and is super crunchy and delicious for breakfast

Gluten Free (and Paleo!) Granola

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, granola, paleo, refined sugar free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 quarts of homemade granola
Calories: 330 kcal
Author: Julia

Grain-free paleo granola recipe made refined sugar-free and dairy-free. MEGA huge granola clusters right here!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the egg white with the water until bubbly and slightly foamy in a small bowl.

  3. Add all ingredients, including the egg white/water mixture EXCEPT for the cranberries to a food processor. Pulse until well chopped and combined, but leave mixture nice and chunky.

  4. Spread the granola mixture evenly on the parchment-lined baking sheet into an even layer and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden-brown and crispy.

  5. Remove granola from the oven and allow it to sit at least 20 minutes without stirring it – this is where the clustering happens, so be sure to not skip this step!!

  6. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break the granola into clusters. 

  7. Once cool, store the granola in a 2-quart sealable glass jar or zip lock bag.
  8. Eat granola with your favorite non-dairy milk or yogurt and fruit

Recipe Notes

*Replace the egg white and water with 1/3 cup unsweetened almond butter to make recipe vegan

**Be sure to use juice-sweetened dried cranberries rather than sugar-sweetened

***You can also use olive oil or coconut oil

****Adjust the amount of sweetener to taste

 

Keep an eye on the granola while it is baking, as it can go from done to burned quickly. If you use honey instead of pure maple syrup, you will need to bake the granola for closer to 30 minutes to avoid burnage.

Granola can be stored in a zip lock bag or jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free (and Paleo!) Granola
Amount Per Serving (1 of 16)
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Paleo Granola Recipe - grain-free, refined sugar-free granola recipe made with nuts and seeds - an easy snack or breakfast recipe

Grain-Free Paleo Granola with SUPER large granola clusters. Refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free

 
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Debra

Friday 17th of July 2020

This recipe is amazing. I never made granola before this and it turned out perfect. I can’t eat eggs, so I added more honey and omitted the cocoanut flakes (personal preference). I think next time I’ll make it the same but try a little less honey. It’s not super sweet which I am ok with. I also threw in Himalaya Sea Salt (coarse) and it added a perfect balance!

Julia

Friday 17th of July 2020

I'm so happy you like it, Debra! I prefer my granola less sweet too...I figure I can always add some honey or pure maple syrup when I'm looking for something sweeter. Thanks so much for your sweet note! xo

Jennifer

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

Hi, would this work without any added sweetener? I have chronic SIBO and have been told to avoid even naural sweeteners ? maybe some extra vanilla would do the trick?

Julia

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Hi Jennifer,

You can definitely omit the sweetener as long as you're okay with the granola not being very sweet. As someone who doesn't consume very much sugar myself, I find things like unsweetened granola to still taste sweet, because my taste buds are used to it now. I hope you enjoy the granola, and good luck fighting SIBO! I know first hand how difficult it can be, yet how rewarding it is to be rid of it!

Liz Tanner

Friday 11th of May 2018

This is so delicious! Wondering if this would freeze well? I don't want any to go to waste!

Julia

Saturday 12th of May 2018

Hi Liz,

I think it would freeze well, although I've never tried. I think it would be worth a shot! :D

Jennifer

Tuesday 1st of May 2018

Hi, do you have the nutritional information for this recipe? :)

Stef

Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Yesss, tried this today as I was looking for another grain free breakfast option. I substituted almonds and pecans for the other nuts and added in an additional cup of hazelnuts and raw buckwheat. I upped the oil (a blend of extra light olive oil and avocado oil) slightly but decreased the maple syrup to 1/4 cup, added in dried unsweetened cherries and raisins and baked for about 26 minutes. It is absolutely perfect!! I will add it to homemade almond milk yogurt or almond milk for more of a cereal :) .

Julia

Friday 16th of March 2018

Hi Stef, I love the sound of all of your adaptations! I love that you took creativity into your own hands - so awesome! Thank you so much for the kind note! xo

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