Up until a year ago, my kids lived on cereal and milk. They ate it at least 2x a day, often 3. As of a month ago, we hadn’t found a clean swap for that that was enjoyed and easy to make.
However, this granola recipe has brought “cereal” back into my kiddos lives again and they are thrilled! It definitely is not a multiple times a day or even really every day food anymore, as their food horizons have broadened greatly (hallelujah!), but a nice option for fast mornings or an afternoon snack.
I love the flexibility of this recipe! You basically need 7 1/2 cups of base ingredients – whatever combination of nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, 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.
For the nuts, I usually use a combination of almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pecans. Sometimes, TBH, 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.
- 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
- 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
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!
This tastes incredible! Perfect recipe for using up small amounts of nuts and seeds. Thanks for another delicious recipe.
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!
This is so delicious! I haven’t had cereal in years, thanks for a paleo option!
I’m so happy this brought cereal back as an option for you – wahoo!
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!
I’m so happy you finally dove into this one and loved it! Thank you!
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. 😊
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 😋
I’m so glad this one is a keeper, thank you!
Why did I wait so long to make this?! Delicious, easy, thrifty! Perfect!
Yes, yes, yes! Happy it was a win all around, thank you!
You know it’s good when you can’t stop eating it before it’s baked. Love this recipe.
I love that it’s one you can’t keep your hands off of, thank you!
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!!
Hooray! I’m so happy this was a hit and will be showing up regularly. Thank you!
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!
Hooray! I’m so happy this is an easy win for you. Thank you!
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.
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.
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 ❤
What a wonderful Christmas neighbor gift and flavor combo – I love that! Thank you!
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!
It makes my heart happy this is a daily family staple, thank you!
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!
So wonderful you enjoyed this recipe, thank you! It’s a go-to for us for sure!
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.
Wonderful! We love taking this one when we travel for an easy breakfast or snack. Enjoy!