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Last Updated on January 2, 2021
I’m not joking when I say that this Paleo Granola is one of my best homemade granola recipes, ever. The pumpkin seeds combined with the slivered almonds and unsweetened coconut flakes create a truly amazing texture that you’re going to love.
Warning: This recipe will result in snack-aholicism.
I thought it would be best to start with a general warning about how dang fantastic this Paleo Granola recipe is my cookbook Paleo Eats. Seriously. If you make this don’t say that I didn’t warn you. We powered through this recipe in less than 3 days. Mr. Bejelly was eating it as breakfast cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I, well, I was just shoving it in my mouth by the handful.
I know. You’re thinking. This is paleo granola. Granola is boring. Granola is what people ate in the early 90s. Well, this recipe will make you rethink granola and having you and your kids begging for more.
If you consider yourself a foodie, you’re going to want to grab a handful of this easy to make granola recipe that is literally going to have you loving life for this simple and free recipe.
Is Paleo granola good for you?
For sure! This simple paleo granola recipe is full of healthy fat and awesome nutrients. This recipe is a great way to help your diet because it’s easy to stick to a paleo diet with a tasty treat like this.
Is homemade granola bad for you?
Just like anything in life, moderation is going to be the key (this is so hard because I’m always wanting more!) Finding healthy recipes, such as this grain-free granola just proves that you can fill your body with healthy fats and still maintain your diet plans as well.
The problem that people run into when they’re consuming a ton of this granola over and over again is that they’re digging in with their hands and just not paying attention to how much of this homemade granola that they’re actually consuming at once.
A simple solution is to stay on track with the recommended serving size by putting 1/2 cup or so of this grain-free granola into a small dish or bowl. (but don’t feel bad – it’s human to want to eat so much more!)
Is it cheaper to make your own granola?
In a nutshell, yes. We all know that nuts and seeds are super expensive so even though you might have a bigger expense upfront for making this Paleo granola, you’ll find that you don’t use all the ingredients in this granola recipe which means you have some leftover for other uses, too.
This means that you’re saving money because you’re able to use the pumpkin seeds and other ingredients in many other recipes, too.
Should I refrigerate homemade granola?
Nope, you shouldn’t. This paleo granola recipe, or any granola recipe for that matter, shouldn’t be stored in the fridge. The reason for this is that the ingredients that make up these granola clusters will get soft in the fridge and lose their crunch. And while the gluten-free granola might be edible, it’s not going to taste as good as it would if you would have just stored it in an airtight container and left it on your counter.
What makes granola clump together?
This all just depends on the recipe at hand. In a nutshell, added sugars that are melted are then what cause the forming of the granola clusters.
Some additions that you can add to your granola paleo recipe are:
- Maple Syrup
- Melted Coconut Oil combined with dates (although, I like that this recipe is oil-free!)
Or anything else that is going to fit with your paleo diet and needs.
How do you make paleo granola last longer?
Making your paleo granola recipe last longer all comes down to the storage of it. The easiest way to store this paleo granola is to store it in an airtight container and keep as much air out as possible. (You also need to wait for it to cool down to room temperature before placing it in a storage container to enjoy later.)
I know what you’re thinking. This is paleo granola. Granola is boring. Granola is what people ate in the early 90s. Maybe that used to be the case back in the day, but it’s literally not the outcome of this easy to make granola paleo recipe.
And just in case you’re worried about flavor and taste, don’t forget that you can easily change up the taste of this granola recipe by adding in, or omitting various ingredients.
Even though I tend to blog about paleo recipes and healthy eating, there are a lot of ways that you can change up this grain-free paleo granola.
Remember that other people may not be on a paleo diet and that just means that you can try to add in a few other ingredients to fit the tastebuds and preferences of all.
Some other simple ingredients that can always be added to granola are as follows:
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Chia seeds
- Organic coconut flakes
- Flax seeds
- Macadamia nuts
- Dried cranberries
And literally any other type of nuts and seeds that you want! Basically anything that you can add to a baking sheet to toast up in the oven is going to be a great fit for this gluten-free granola.
How do you know when granola is done?
The biggest key for making certain that this granola recipe is done baking in the oven is that it’s turned a golden brown color.
The total time that you’re going to want to bake this granola will vary but typically 12-15 minutes is about the key.
Tips For Making This Paleo Granola Recipe
Even though this granola recipe is super simple and straightforward, there are a few tips that I think are important to pass along.
Spread out the paleo granola on the baking sheet
It’s important that the granola clusters and grain-free granola are spread evenly over the prepared baking sheet. (You can also line it with parchment paper as well to prevent sticking and to make it a super simple clean up!)
Spread out all the nuts, pumpkin seeds, and coconut flakes so that you’re allowing the rest of the nuts and seeds and paleo granola to become golden brown in the oven.
Use the seasonings as needed in this grain-free granola
It’s no secret that every human has different taste buds and craves different things. It’s human nature, right?! Since this is the case, you can use as much or as little seasonings on this grain-free granola recipe.
I’ve found that I really love to add in a teaspoon ground cinnamon because it really brings out the flavor and taste.
Change up and have fun with this simple paleo granola recipe
As I mentioned above, you can literally change up this recipe in so many different ways. I’ve even added on a cup raw sunflower seeds, almonds, chia seeds, and even more coconut flakes after I’ve pulled this paleo granola recipe from the oven.
I love how the added nuts and seeds add in another layer of flavor and texture. (and sunflower seeds are almonds are really, really flavorful, too!)
If you’re worried about the almonds being too big, use your food processor and chop them up a bit. You can then just add them right into this simple granola recipe without worry.
Consider toasting up the seed options or nuts
If you’re wanting to change the flavor of seed or nut ingredients, why not taste them up a bit on the stove first? All you need is a little bit of coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil and you can add in 1 cup of nuts such as your sunflower seeds or almonds to give them just a little bit more flavor before adding them to your grain-free granola recipe.
(You can also omit using coconut oil or avocado oil and just toast them up with a different oil of your choice as well!)
Factor in your prep time when making this simple Paleo Granola recipe
Making this grain-free granola doesn’t take a long amount of time but you’ll still want to factor in the prep time 10 minutes or so. You might need more time but that just all depends on how closely you’re sticking to the recipe.
Make certain that you have a large bowl on hand as well as all the other ingredients listed below in the free recipe template.
One of my favorite things about making this Paleo granola recipe is that its minimal time in the kitchen for me!
Ready for this simple Granola Recipe?
Are you ready to give this Paleo granola recipe a try? I can’t wait to hear what you think! Just know that you’re going to want to let this simple paleo granola recipe come to room temperature for you wait to try so that it’s not too hot and has the best flavor and taste!
If you’re looking for simple gluten-free granola recipes that are full of healthy fat and nuts, look no further than this granola dish. (You can also use gluten-free grain in this recipe if you’re wanting to change up the texture and taste!)
It’s time to fuel your boy with fat that is healthy and get serious about your gluten free diet. This granola recipe is a great way get that tasty coconut flavor paired with nuts that will have you craving more!
Make certain to leave a reply and let me know what you think about this gluten-free granola dish!
Sweet and cruchy, these paleo granola will become your favorite snack.
- 15 whole Deglet Noor dates, pitted
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 large egg white
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup raw slivered almonds
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a rimmed baking sheet.
- Place the dates, black pepper, lemon juice, allspice, and sea salt in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds.
- Add the egg white to the date mixture and pulse for 10 seconds to combine.
- In a large bowl, combine the pecans, coconut flakes, slivered almonds, and pumpkin seeds and mix with a spoon.
- With a nonstick spatula, scoop the date mixture into bowl with the nuts and coconut, and blend until fully coated.
- Scoop the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for at least 3 hours before storing in an airtight container.
- This will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 558Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 12gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g
WOW! This has me drooling! Out of everything I make – cake, ice cream, sweet potato rounds, etc – granola is always the one treat I can’t stop eating! I love adding dates to mine – the perfect chewy goodness! 😀
We couldn’t stop snacking on this granola and almost didn’t have enough for a bowl of breakfast goodness. Although we don’t eat paleo all the time, we are gluten-free kitchen so this granola is a great recipe for people tired of the usual GF cereals. Thanks for the recipe!!
So glad you enjoyed it Cheryl!
Could I omit the egg white?
You need a binder to get the seasoning to stick. You could try gelatin egg.
Love that I can have cereal for breakfast and it’s still paleo! Thanks for the recipe!
Love a good granola and this one is perfection! I eat it like cereal with almond milk. So good!
These look perfect for breakfast cereal!! I love all the nuts and seeds in this, yum!
I’m getting hungry just looking at this! Definitely will be trying this with some yogurt.
This granola is so good! I love the flavor and extra crunch from the pumpkin seeds!
Gosh! 😉 I just love this unusual list of ingredients for granola, so different, and it turns out so good! I would never have thought to combine lemon juice, black pepper and egg white in a granola recipe, but wow, the spices and the crunch, so good!! Thanks, Kelly! Definitely not boring! 🙂
I have everything to make this today , yay! So excited, it looks absolutely delicious.
Oooh, I love that this is date-sweetened! I can’t wait to try it. I love regular granola but my stomach doesn’t.