This easy, low carb, crunchy, grain-free granola recipe is so fast and easy to make! You’ll never want to buy the store bought stuff again! (seriously!)
And with how expensive granola is (all groceries really), I think we could ALLLLLL use as many homemade recipes in our arsenal as we can get!
With this recipe you’ll get the ALL crunchy goodness of granola without the extra carbs or grain 🙌 🙌 🙌
Making it a great option if you have a gluten sensitivity or follow a primal or Mediterranean style diet.
PLUS when you make your own granola you can control the ingredients and customize the flavor 👅 ❤️
“Mya’s Granola” 👵🏻
When we refer to this granola in my house we call it, “Mya’s granola”.
That’s because it comes from my Mother in Law, whom my son calls, “Mya”.
And let me tell you, there’s something really special about recipes that get passed down through the generations. Even if it’s just from one generation, like this amazing granola recipe.
It’s like a little piece of history and family tradition 👵🏻 ❤️
When I whip up a batch of this granola, it’s not just about the ingredients and flavors—it’s about feeling connected to our family.
I did make one tiny tweak to the type of sugar being used, but everything else? Totally stayed true to the original recipe.
I think you’ll LOVE it.
What makes this grain free granola recipe healthier than the store bought stuff?
One. No “natural flavors” (which are really artificial flavors).
Many store bought brands of granola contain artificial flavoring which they are allowed to label as “natural flavors” so long as the flavor they’re trying to mimic is a flavor found in nature.
Super scammy and horrible, right?
Two. YOU are controlling the QUALITY of ingredients. Instead of choosing a highly inflammatory PUFA oil like canola oil, you can choose a healthy, high quality oil like coconut oil. Instead of choosing conventional nuts, you can choose organic ones. And so on.
Choosing Your Nuts 🥜
When you look at the recipe you’ll notice I say something very vague:
……. “4 Cups of Nuts”…….
This is intentional. For a few reasons:
Use whatever nuts you have on hand. If you only have pecans and cashews, use that. No need to go out and buy new nuts. It will still taste incredible!
2. Flavor Preference
I personally LOVE brazil nuts, and I love to use them in my granola, but I know that they’re a polarizing flavor. So use your favorite nuts!
3. Nutrient Profile
Nuts are all over the place nutrient profile wise. For example, Macadamia nuts have a whopping 21g fat per oz, compared to 12g for cashews. Cashews are the highest carb nut, coming in at 9g per oz, compared to brazil nuts with 3g.
If you want a lower carb granola, use brazil nuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts.
If you want a higher carb granola, use cashews, pistachios and almonds.
This makes the nutrient information posted below the recipe a bit tricky. When calculating it I used “mixed nuts” for the most middle of the road estimate.
Choosing Your Dried Fruit 🍒
Just like selecting the nuts, pick YOUR preferred dried fruit.
I LOVE dates. LOVE THEM.
But I know not everyone does.
My favorite dried fruits to use in granola are:
If you are extremely low carb or keto, you can choose to omit dried fruit all together, however if you’re not, it really doesn’t add that many carbs, we’re talking 1g carbs per serving of granola.
And if you omit the maple syrup, sugar, and dried fruit you’re only removing 5.5g net carbs per serving.
Sometimes I crave more sweetness and double the portion of dried fruit.
It’s totally up to you and your taste.
Choosing Your Seeds 🌻
Like the nuts and the dried fruit, we’re keeping it simple here.
Use what you have on hand.
Some of my favorite seeds to use are:
Use your favorite flavors, or pick based on nutrient profile.
Benefits of Homemade Grain Free Granola for Diabetes and the Endocrine System
- low glycemic index
- high in soluble fiber which helps to lower total and LDL cholesterol and helps with digestion & bowel movements
- Free of endocrine disrupting seed oils (like canola, palm, and vegetable oil)
- Free of inflammatory sugars like high fructose corn syrup
- Free of hormone disrupting dyes and flavors (which include both “natural” flavors and artificial)
The process of making this low carb crunchy grain-free granola is easier than you may think.
- Mix ALL ingredients together in a large bowl
- Spread mixture evenly into a baking pan
- Bake for 20 minutes @350F
Serving & Storing
This crunchy grain free granola goes great over yogurt, chia seed pudding, ice cream, and smoothies.
But if you’re anything like me, you’ll also just eat it with a spoon 🤤 🥄
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator or countertop for no more than 6 months.
Easy Grain Free Granola Recipe
Easy Grain Free Granola
Servings 20 1/4 cup servings
- 4 Cups Raw Nuts
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 1/4 Cup Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Dried Fruit
- 3 TBSP Chia Seeds
- 1 TBSP Flaxseed Meal
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 TBSP Coconut Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
Recipe makes 20 (1/4 C servings). Amount per serving:
Calories 253, Fat 21g, Carbs 14g, Fiber 3.5g, Net Carbs 10.5g, Protein 5.5g