Nutty & Delicious & Paleo & Gluten Free Granola
I make a lot of granola- mostly because it was the first thing I made my husband when we first started dating and he loves it. I also hide it from him right after I make it because he would eat the entire batch in one sitting… and I would help. I posted another granola recipe a few months back that uses oats as a base rather than nuts and seeds.
I wanted to try a paleo version that didn’t have any added sugar. I did a lot of research on how to make granola without oats and this is what I came up with. This recipe requires a lot of nuts and seeds. Between Trader Joe’s and the bulk section at Sprouts, I think the Trader Joe’s bags are slightly more cost effective and a lot easier. I am sure ordering large quantities from Amazon might work as well.
I learned a secret from one of my favorite bloggers, Julia at The Roasted Root. She recommends using an egg white and water to make large clumps of granola which was something I was worried about missing without all the sugar. I was so happy to find a non-sugar way to create that crunchy granola I love… and it worked!
One of the best things about granola is its versatility. I used seeds and nuts that I like but you can really use whatever you have or prefer- just keep the quantities similar. The granola itself is so easy to make. Once you measure out your nuts and seeds, just add them all together in a bowl with your coconut and dried fruit.
There are many options for dried fruit. I wanted to try something a little different so I used dates which added a little more sweetness than dried cranberries or raisins. As you might be able to tell, I was nervous about not using any sugar in this recipe- I think the dates added a subtle sweetness and also helped to hold some of the clumps together.
The other secret weapon here is coconut oil. I do not know how I ever made granola with any other kind of oil. This is the big tub from Amazon which I highly recommend if you use coconut oil for everything like I do. The flavor is not too strong and it adds a tiny bit of sweet.
Once you have all your dry ingredients, melt the coconut oil and add it along with the honey. Whisk the egg white and water together, add that to the bowl and stir until every little piece is coated. Add some cinnamon if you want and you are all set!
Put the granola on a lined baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes then stir. Put back in the oven for another 15 minutes and do not stir when you take it out- this will allow some of those delicious clumps that we love to form.
Let it cool for 15 minutes and store in an air tight container or enjoy with yogurt and fruit or milk. Keep in mind, granola made with seeds and nuts is more filling than granola made with oats so a little really does go a long way!
- 1 cup of raw pepitas or pumpkin seeds
- 2 cups of pecans, chopped or whole
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (shelled, duh)
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 10 medjool dates, chopped
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons water
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix nuts, seeds, coconut and dates in a bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil (unless it’s so hot where you live that it is already melted, like mine!) and add honey and coconut oil to the nut mixture and mix well.
- Whisk the egg white with the 2 tablespoons of water and add to the mix.
- Mix it all together
- Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook in the oven for 15 minutes and stir then cook for another 15 minutes.
- When you take it out of the oven- do not stir if you want some crunchy chunky pieces.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container in a secret hiding spot.
- Enjoy with milk or yogurt and berries… or on top of waffles.
If you are reading this, I am sure you love coconut oil just like I do but do you know about its amazing health benefits? Visit my friends over at Well-Being Secrets to learn about 28 health benefits of coconut oil!