All I can say is WOW. I love granola. I love to eat it on yogurt, on chia pudding, on smoothie bowls, or just with my hands :p However, store-bought granola is absolutely a dessert item. It is marketed as a healthy snack but it is typically laden with sugar, empty calories, and weird oils (yuck). This is a super easy recipe for low sugar and high impact grain-free granola.
What you end up with is crispy, clumpy, perfectly sweet granola. THIS is healthy granola (although with all nuts you should of course keep it to one serving or about 1/4 cup).
Yes, there are two steps: use a large skillet to heat the honey and oil together and toss the nuts before baking. Don’t be turned off by this! The point of the heat is to evenly distribute the oil and honey, which helps you use less of those ingredients with the same effect.
Astounding Grain-Free Granola
- Large Skillet
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Food Processor (optional)
- 1 cup Raw almonds
- 1 cup Raw Walnuts
- 1/3 cup Brazil Nuts
- 1/3 cup Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/3 cup Hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup Avocado Oil or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt or other good quality salt
- Preheat oven to 275
- Add the first three nuts to a food processor and pulse a few times. Shake up the canister to mix it up and pulse a couple more times. You're going for a rough chop, not a fine chop. If you don't have a food processor, you can also do this with a knife and cutting board. You may want to cut a few of the brazil nuts afterwards in case they're still pretty large.
- Heat oil, honey, and cinnamon over low/medium heat in the large dinner skillet for 3-5 minutes. It might bubble slightly, but don't let it burn.
- Turn off the stovetop and stir in vanilla and salt. Add the food processor nuts as well as the other ingredients to the skillet. Stir to make sure everything is evenly coated.
- Spread your delicious golden nut and seed mixture out onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You may need two baking sheets depending on size. Make sure you evenly spread everything out in a single layer, but allow the mixture to touch. Pat it down slightly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. When you open the oven to check, look for slightly browned nuts, bubbly spots, and smell for nuttiness. Make sure you don't burn! I would err on the side of undercooking vs overcooking granola.
- Let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes. Break up and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!