Grain-Free Granola

Grain-free granola

This is the result of an experiment today with creating a grain-free granola that my husband can take in a bag with him to work when he has to be out the door early.  I prefer to have mostly fruit breakfasts, but they are not always practical to prepare and eat unless you’re at home.

We are moving towards going without grains for a while, as they are off limits on the GAPS diet.  This resembles trail mix that has been lightly toasted and sweetened, with the walnuts and coconut being a great replacement for the texture that rolled oats normally gives.  Well I think so anyway. 🙂


1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or vanilla powder)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey


1) Gently melt the honey and oil together.  Add cinnamon and dissolve.

2)  Combine other ingredients in a large oven dish.  You may like to leave the raisins out until the end, and add in once the granola has cooled.  I did it today with them in, as I felt like having them coated thoroughly with the honey and oil mix.

3)  Pour honey and oil mixture over and combine well.

4)  Bake on a medium heat (about 150 degrees Celcius) for about 45m, checking regulary and stirring to stop it burning on top.

The Nourishing Traditions way would be to use nuts and seeds that have been soaked and dried previously.  If you’re doing it this way, well done for being organised and giving your body the optimal health benefits of soaking seeds and nuts!  I haven’t been quite as organised lately with that, plus our winter power bills have already been huge without me adding dehydrating all day to it.  So this was all thrown together today on the spur of the moment.

I over-did the honey quantity a little initially, so added in some ground flax seeds halfway through the cooking time to soak up the excess liquid.  But it all turned out great, and I couldn’t resist adding a few more coconut flakes at the end.  If I had goji berries and cranberries, I would have added in a handful of those as well.

1 week later:  I made this again today but didn’t leave it until evening this time to prepare for the next day!  So I soaked the nuts and seeds and added them in as per recipe above.  All turned out well and this time it will be that little bit better on the ol’ digestive system. 🙂

[Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free]

{Linked up at Try a New Recipe Tuesday}

3 thoughts on “Grain-Free Granola

  1. J.Hart

    I tried this and it was seriously amazing. We prefer not to use any sweeteners in our breakfast muesli, though, so probably wouldn’t incorporate this into our daily diet – but it would be such a delicious and healthy snack for family road trips.

    1. homemakingwithheart

      Hi J, you could omit the honey altogether if you prefer not to use sweeteners in your museli. The coconut oil itself should be enough to toast it a little. Or you could eat it raw like a trail mix and keep some with you when you’re out and about for a healthy snack. Thanks for your comment!


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