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Grainless Granola

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I really love granola and was bummed to not eat it when I went Paleo. I found a few recipes that make a great grainless granola. Here is one I have modified a bit. It does contain some honey but it is chock full of good fats and fiber and protein.


  • 2 1/2 cups mixed nuts and seeds of your choice ( I doubled the recipe because we are having a sleepover with a bunch of kids this weekend.) I used walnut, pecans, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (i added cacao nibs instead, my kids don’t like dried fruit)
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Separate about 1 cup of the nuts and chop them roughly leaving some larger pieces and add to a large mixing bowl.

Very finely chop the remaining nuts in a food processor if you have one.  Then add to the bowl. The mixed chop should look something like this.

Add the dried fruit and coconut to the bowl and mix well.

In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil and honey. Add the vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Bring to a nice rolling boil.

Remove the honey and oil mixture from the stove and add slowly to the nut mixture while mixing well to make sure every morsel is covered.

Spread your wet sticky mixture out on a cookie sheet or baking pan in a relatively thin layer.

Bake at 300 for about 25 minutes, stirring a few times along the way so the bottom doesn’t burn. Remove from oven when it looks golden brown. It will still seem sticky but it will harden and get crunchy as it cools.  Be careful, I burned mine a little by leaving it in too long. Still tastes good though!

Let cool completely then store in an air tight container. I like this eaten with some almond milk or with my coconut milk yogurt (recipe to come)


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12 Responses to “Grainless Granola”

  1. This looks delicious and I really miss a quick easy breakfast. I love my eggs and bacon, but some mornings are just too crazy.

    What is the reason for boiling the coconut oil and honey? Just curious if I could just gently heat them until melted…or not. I also wonder if maple syrup could be used in place of honey. Maple granola is my favorite!

  2. Ok, I’ll try half the recipe boiled and half just barely melted and I’ll let you know the difference. I’m planning on making this tomorrow.

  3. Holly says:

    Made it this weekend. Delicious but, too fine. I think I messed up on the proportions of nuts/seeds to liquid. Tastes great none the less though! Thanks for the recipe. Have you ever cooked/bakes with coconut flour? I picked some up last week. One more random question—popcorn (air popped)–good or bad?

    • momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Holly!

      I’m so glad it tastes good at least! The more you make it you’ll tinker with it and find the right consistency.

      I can made cookies and tortillas with coconut flour. It definitely has a bit of a coconut flavor but I like it.

      My thoughts in popcorn is that is it is still a grain and unfortunately a lot of corn is genetically modified. However, as an occasional snack it is much better than gluten or sugar laced foods. I buy it for my kids for example because I am still trying to convert them. I would rather they have popcorn than pretzels or goldfish crackers etc. I would say if it helps you replace snacks that are far worse I don’t have a problem with it.

      So other snack ideas:

      Dehydrated veggie chips or fruit snacks. Kale chips. You can either make them or buy them. Steve’s original grain less granola bars or the granola recipe he also sells great jerky snacks. And Paleo kits. Jerky. I make my own but whole foods and trader joes both have jerky snack not laced with sulfates. Nuts. Dry roasted or raw is best. Lara bars. But they have a lot of sugar because they are made with dates. I’ll have one before a workout. Trader joes green beans snack Flacker flax seed crackers. I eat these with guacamole. I use veggies with guac too.

      By the way. Do you want to come to Marks Sisson’s workshop with me this month?

      Sent from my iPhone

      ~ Laura

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  6. Trisha says:

    I was all set to make your granola, then I had a question. Aren’t raw nuts preferable to toasted? If so, wouldn’t it be better just to mix everything together and eat it raw? I really want to know this! I have been avoiding toasted nuts for years now.

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Trisha,

      Toasting it all together in the oven is what binds the mix together in clusters like a granola cereal. I think if left raw it will just remain soft and sticky instead of crunchy. I guess it depends on the consistency you want.

  7. Carme says:


    I am a newcomer to paleo, and I’ve just discovered your blog this week. By now I have only taken a quick look at your recipes (I was looking for delicious treats in fact) and I decided to make your grainless granola today. I’ve chosen berries as dried fruit, and I must tell you it’s exquisite. Very good recipe 🙂
    At this moment, besides, I have a coconut milk ice cream -with ripe bananas- freezing and getting ready for a sunday delight.

    I hope all your recipes are as good as these ones! 🙂
    I’ll keep reading and exploring your blog!
    Greetings from Spain!

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi there from Chicago!

      I’m so happy you like the recipes so far. I try to only post the good ones! 😉 Thanks for following and for taking the time to comment. I love hearing my readers. It makes me feel like someone is actually listening so thanks!

      ~ Laura

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