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Paleo Granola - Gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly. So easy!

I love EASY Paleo Granola is. Up until 5 years ago, when we switched to Paleo as a family, my kids lived on cereal and milk. They ate it at least 2x a day, often 3. We struggled to find a cereal swap that was grain-free, nutritious, and budget-friendly.

However, this Paleo Granola recipe has brought “cereal” back into my kiddos’ lives, and they are thrilled! It is no longer a multiple times a day or even every day food, as their food horizons have broadened greatly (hallelujah!), but a nice option for fast mornings or an afternoon snack.

Why We Love This Paleo Granola

I love the flexibility of this recipe! You need 7 1/2 cups of base ingredients – whatever combination of nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, or raisins that fits your family’s tastes and budget. Below is how it usually looks for us (5 1/2 cups nuts, 1 cup coconut flakes, and 1 cup seeds), but if you want to use 1 cup of raisins, swap that out and use 1 cup less of nuts.

Plus, it’s quick to prep! I use my food processor to chop the nuts small. Then, it’s just a matter of mixing and spreading out on a lined baking sheet and letting the oven do the rest of the work.

Paleo Granola - Gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly. Keto, nut-free, and vegan options. So easy!

Also, it’s great for a variety of dietary needs. The recipe is Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and egg-free, with nut-free and Vegan options. A delicious breakfast or snack for most people!

A Customizable Recipe

For the nuts, I usually use a combination of almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pecans. Sometimes, to be honest, it’s just a clean-out of what we have in the pantry! Try to get different textures of nuts (slivered, chopped, whole) if you are not doing the optional food processor chopping of the nuts.

Need a nut-free option? Use all seeds and coconut flakes for the 7 1/2 cups of base ingredients. Easy to customize this recipe to what your family’s dietary needs are.

Paleo Granola - Gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly. Keto, nut-free, and vegan options. So easy!

Ingredients

  • Chopped raw nuts – Make sure the nuts aren’t already roasted or salted, as they are about to get roasted. So look for ones that say “raw.” Again, see above if you need a nut-free option!
  • Coconut flakes – Make sure they are “unsweetened” to avoid extra refined sugar. We love using larger coconut flakes, like the Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Coconut Chips.
  • Seeds of choice – These provide a great texture. I use 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, but you can use just 1 cup of one as desired.

Paleo Granola - Gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly. So easy!

  • Ground cinnamon – You can swap out the cinnamon + nutmeg for 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice instead.
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ghee or Coconut oil – Melted, then measured. Either works well here, use whatever fits best your budget and dietary needs.
  • Honey or maple syrup – I like the milder flavor of half and half. But, you can use just maple syrup to make this Vegan. Or, use whatever you have on hand that day or is more accessible!
  • Vanilla – Pure vanilla is ideal for it’s simple sourcing and ingredients. And also, imitation vanilla works here as well!
  • Salt – Just regular table salt here. Omit if any of the nuts you used were salted.
Paleo Granola - Gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly. So easy!

Paleo Granola

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
Easy, budget-friendly and flexible granola that is gluten-free, dairy-free, with nut-free, Vegan and Keto options!
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cups
Calories 591 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 5 1/2 c chopped raw nuts*
  • 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 c raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons melted ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup we like the milder flavor of half of each (1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup honey)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt omit if any of your nuts were salted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Mix all dry ingredients, including nuts, in a large bowl. Set aside. **Optional - if you want a less chunky consistency, then pulse your nuts in the food processor a little bit until they are smaller more consistent size chunks (how my kids like it).
  • Combine honey and ghee in a small saucepan over low heat. Once warm and combined, remove from heat and add vanilla. Then add the wet ingredients and mix well. 
  • Spread the mixture onto the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 75 minutes. Note: the granola will become crisp as it cools - let cool before breaking apart

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Notes

*For this recipe, you need 7 1/2 cups of chopped nuts and seeds TOTAL before adding wet ingredients. You can do this in any combination to substitute for the 5 1/2 cups chopped nuts + coconut flakes + seeds listed above. Mix and match to what you have on hand, for any allergies/sensitivities, and what fits your family's budget! Just make sure the total is 7 1/2 cups. 
NUT FREE: Finely chop seeds and coconut flakes into 5 1/2 cups, then add in the whole pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut flakes listed in the recipe additionally to create the best texture. 
KETO: Use Lakanto Maple Syrup for a low-carb sweetener option and stick to lower-carb nuts. 
VEGAN: Use the maple syrup option for the sweetener instead of the honey. 

Nutrition

Calories: 591kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 14gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 523mgFiber: 8gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 3mg
Keyword breakfast, budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, kid-friendly, main dish, nut-free, paleo, snack
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31 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So good! Great way to use a little of this & a little of that to clean out the pantry. The end result is so tasty! Much more reasonable than the premade grain free granola too.

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  2. 5 stars
    So easy and so goooooood!!!
    And without all the added junk in store-bought granola!
    Never buying granola again!

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    • “Never buying granola again” <---- YAAASS! So happy you loved this recipe so much. Thank you!

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  3. 5 stars
    Sooo good! I’ve been wanting to try this granola recipe since my kids eat granola almost daily. Decided on a whim this afternoon to make some (while supper is cooking!) and whipped up a batch with ingredients already on hand. Super easy and customizable. We’ll for sure be tripling next time!

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  4. 5 stars
    This tastes incredible! Perfect recipe for using up small amounts of nuts and seeds. Thanks for another delicious recipe.

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  5. 5 stars
    So delicious! I love how versatile the recipe is. I can sub 1 or 2 cups oats for some of the nuts, add mashed banana or raisins, or use tahini or nut butter instead of ghee. My son and I like it best with chopped apples and oat milk!

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  6. 5 stars
    This is so delicious! I haven’t had cereal in years, thanks for a paleo option!

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    • I’m so happy this brought cereal back as an option for you – wahoo!

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    • 5 stars
      This is delicious!!! I’ve talked about making it for forever! Finally did tonight and it is crazy good- thank you so much for sharing!

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      • I’m so happy you finally dove into this one and loved it! Thank you!

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  7. 5 stars
    This was so so so good! My house smelled AMAZING while it was baking! I keep a bag of this in my pantry and it’s saved me tons of times from eating my kids chips while I’m making my food and I’m starving. I just grab a handful and snack while I’m cooking. I also like using a bit for my plated fat when my meal is lacking one, like for breakfast with your cauli-oats. I also love using it as a cereal for an afternoon snack with some almond or coconut milk, before my afternoon treadmill session so I can have plenty of energy. 😊

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  8. 5 stars
    I finally made this today! I have made paleo granola in the past and always used maple syrup , great idea to blend with honey! I prepped it for the week and will have as a cereal with some almond milk and sliced banana. It was very hard to stop snacking on it while it was still warm. I will def make this again ….Delicious 😋

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    • I’m so glad this one is a keeper, thank you!

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  9. 5 stars
    Why did I wait so long to make this?! Delicious, easy, thrifty! Perfect!

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    • Yes, yes, yes! Happy it was a win all around, thank you!

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    • You know it’s good when you can’t stop eating it before it’s baked. Love this recipe.

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      • I love that it’s one you can’t keep your hands off of, thank you!

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  10. 5 stars
    I don’t know why I have waited so long to make this!!! I always have these ingredients on hand!! I used ghee and all honey and it is absolutely delicious and simple. This will find a weekly rotation in our house. PS the teenage boys love it!!

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    • Hooray! I’m so happy this was a hit and will be showing up regularly. Thank you!

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  11. 5 stars
    I made this today and it is wonderful! I’ve been on the hunt for a cleaner granola and this is so simple to make. I will be keeping this on hand at all times. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hooray! I’m so happy this is an easy win for you. Thank you!

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  12. What kind of food processor do you have or recommend? Right now we use a hand chopper, and it’s not consistent with the size of chopped nuts.

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    • I have a Cuisinart one I love from Costco! There’s a fairly affordable Hamilton Beach one I used from Amazon before that that was great as well.

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  13. All the adults in my family love this granola (my kids are just weird). I definitely agree with your recommendation to use half honey/half maple syrup as the sweetener, and I love that I can use whatever nuts and seeds I have on hand to clean out my pantry.
    I made a special pistachio/cranberry batch last Christmas and gave it to friends and neighbors as a holiday gift. Everyone who has tried it asks me for the recipe ❤

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    • What a wonderful Christmas neighbor gift and flavor combo – I love that! Thank you!

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  14. 5 stars
    This is a staple in our house! It’s easy and delicious and we truly eat it everyday! It goes great as a topping with dairy free yogurt or as a snack by itself!

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    • It makes my heart happy this is a daily family staple, thank you!

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  15. 5 stars
    I made this today. It was the best! I was skeptical till I put a little in a bowl with some almond milk. It was as delicious as regular granola!

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    • So wonderful you enjoyed this recipe, thank you! It’s a go-to for us for sure!

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  16. 5 stars
    I made this to take to the cottage with me. It is so good and I’m sure everyone will snack on them all weekend. Thank you.

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    • Wonderful! We love taking this one when we travel for an easy breakfast or snack. Enjoy!

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