How-To Make Grain-free Granola {Paleo-friendly}

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

For my granola loving friends, I am super excited about this how-to and recipe. Most commercial granolas, even when gluten-free, are loaded with gut-upsetting grains, and worse yet – vegetable oils and loads of sugar. After lots of experimenting and playing around, I created the perfect base recipe for this grain-free granola, with two variations. Sweet and Savory.

Using the formula for the base, you can get creative there with your favorite nuts and seeds and then when it comes to flavor combinations, the sky is the limit – so get creative and make it your own.

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

Made with Terra Delyssa’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, whether you opt for sweet or savory granola, the rich, silky, fruity tastes and aromas of the olive oil pairs so beautifully when roasted in the oven with the nuts and seeds. It’s my absolute favorite way to make homemade granola.

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

Equipment Needed:

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food Processor
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Oven
  • Half sheet baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Spatula

How-to Make Grain-free Granola


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Grain-free Granola Base Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw sliced almonds
  • 2 cups raw pecans, cashews, walnut, shelled pistachios or other nut of your choice
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut, flakes or shredded
  • 1 lightly beaten pasture-raised egg white
  • ¼ cup Terra Delyssa Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

 

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

5 from 1 reviews
Grain-free Sweet Granola (Add to the Base Recipe)
 
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gluten-free, paleo, whole30, dairy-free
Serves: approx 5-6 cups of granola
Ingredients
  • base granola recipe (see above)
  • additional ½ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes or chips
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup dried fruit of your choice:
  • (dried cherries, cranberries, currants, raisins, figs, apricots, goji berries, apples mango etc)
  • additional 2 tablespoons honey or other sweetener (more or less to your taste)

Other Optional Add-ins:
  • poppy, chia, hemp or flax seeds
  • ground ginger, pumpkin spice blend, cloves,
  • cocoa nibs or chocolate chips/chunks (add the chips or chunks after the granola has cooled)
  • vanilla extract or paste
  • citrus zest
  • rose water or citrus water
  • coffee or espresso
  • cocoa powder or raw cacao
  • ...and anything else that sounds great to you.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add nuts, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes and sunflower seeds to food processor.
  3. Pulse together a few times until broken up a bit. Do not over pulse.
  4. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add dried fruit, additional coconut flakes. Give it a stir.
  6. Add egg white, water, honey (or maple syrup), Terra Delyssa Olive Oil sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and any other spices you’d like. Stir again.
  7. Spread into an even layer on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake in 300ºF oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Tossing at 10 minutes.
  9. Let sit to cool on the pan, without touching for 10 minutes, to maximize clusters.
  10. Store in airtight container.

How-to Serve Sweet Granola:

as a topping on yogurt, ice cream, chia pudding, in a bowl cereal-style with your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk, as-is.

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

5 from 1 reviews
Grain-free Savory Granola (Add to the Base Recipe)
 
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gluten-free, paleo, whole30, dairy-free
Serves: 5-6 cups
Ingredients
  • use granola recipe (see above)
  • ¼ cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • additional ½ teaspoons sea salt

Other Optional Add-ins:
  • poppy, chia, hemp or flax seeds
  • red pepper flakes
  • dried rosemary, thyme, oregano, marjoram, Herbes de Provence
  • ground sage, cumin, coriander, chili powder
  • garlic or onion powder or flakes
  • parmesan cheese
  • garam masala, curry powder
  • ground mustard
  • citrus zest
  • infused sea salts
  • tamari, soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • red curry paste
  • sriracha
  • ...and anything else that sounds great to you.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the nuts, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes and sunflower seeds to food processor.
  3. Pulse together a few times until broken up a bit. Do not over pulse.
  4. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add sesame seeds, fennel seeds, cayenne pepper and any other spices or herbs you wish to add. Give it a stir.
  6. Add egg white, water, honey (or maple syrup), Terra Delyssa Olive Oil and sea salt. Stir again.
  7. Spread into an even layer on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake in 300ºF oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Tossing at 10 minutes.
  9. Let sit to cool on the pan, without touching for 10 minutes, to maximize clusters.
  10. Store in airtight container.

How-to Serve Savory Granola:

Serve as a topping over veggies, fresh green salads, stirred into savory oatmeal or porridge, as a crushed topping or coating on meat or fish, on top of unsweetened yogurt, cottage cheese

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

Notes:

About Oils:

I absolutely love the fruity, unexpected flavor of the Terra Delyssa Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil but you can also use avocado oil, melted coconut oil, melted butter or ghee.

About Nuts and Seeds:

I always recommend raw and organic whenever possible. Even better, if you can find sprouted nuts!

About Egg White:

If you wish to leave the egg white out, this recipe will still work perfectly great, the beaten egg white just helps to create perfect clustery granola clumps – but it can easily be left out.

About Dried Fruit:

Some people prefer to add the dried fruit after the granola has baked, so as to avoid it drying out. I have never had that experience or found it necessary, but this is certainly an option.

How-to Make Grain-free Granola

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