This granola recipe is incredibly delicious! It is the perfect topper for your yogurt or smoothies. You could also make a nice cereal out of it with a milk of your choice. This recipe includes the warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Be prepared for your house to smell absolutely beautiful, and to dream of fall mornings. My Spiced Grain-Free Granola is vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo friendly.
I love granola, but I do not tolerate the traditional assortment with oats like the rest of my household. My son Shane loves yogurt with granola and honey, and so I set out to make a simple and clean recipe I can make at home. I keep my pantry stocked with nuts and nut butters, so I typically always have the ingredients on hand. The best part of making this is the smell that fills my home. It is like burning the old school Yankee Candles my mom constantly had going when I was younger.
This recipe is also pretty low maintenance, and the prep work is about 5 minutes tops. For this granola recipe I used an assortment of nuts that I had in my pantry such as macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and pecans. I just chopped them up and put them in a bowl. Next, I measured out the coconut flakes, maple syrup, cashew butter, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and added those in as well. Then I melted the coconut oil in a heat proof dish in the microwave and poured it on top. Finally, toss it all together until well combined, and smooth it on top of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
The baking time is for 30 minutes or until a nice golden brown color is seen. In 10 minute intervals I open the oven and toss everything around for an even bake. After 30 minutes I take the sheet out and place it on top of a wire rack and let it cool completely before storing. Last night I made this as a topper for a yogurt parfait for a nice dessert, so I actually used it slightly warm and it was fabulous! You will want to store this in an airtight container for no more than 1 month. Honestly, this only lasts about 2 weeks in my house before it is a goner. It’s so good, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Spiced Grain-Free Granola
- 2 cups of chopped nuts
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp cashew butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Toss chopped nuts, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, cashew butter and spices into a bowl and mix until well combined
- Spread the granola mixture onto the baking sheet evenly
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown (every 10 minutes mix the granola around the pan for an even bake)
- Let the pan cool completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month