Chunky Grain-free Granola
Chunky Grain-free Granola- packed with hormone balancing fats and plant-based protein, this clustery granola is perfect for any time of day! (vegan + gluten-free)
Have you guys heard of this new Pegan food trend? It’s like the Brangelina of paleo and vegan.
I’m not really a proponent of super restrictive diets but anything that promotes more plant-based meals is a win in my book. Even if it means grain-free with no beans. I think it’s good to switch things up sometimes and experiment with what makes you feel your best.
When you follow a plant-based diet it’s really easy to eat high carb and low fat. The other way around can be a little more challenging. Lately I’ve been trying to focus more on incorporating healthy fats into my diet. For example, I usually start the day with a bowl of coconut milk kefir topped with this Chunky Grain-free Granola. It’s packed full of hormone-balancing fats and protein thanks to a plethora of nuts and seeds. And it just so happens to have huge, swoon-worthy clusters for maximum munching pleasure.
The secret to getting big hunks of deliciousness in your granola is an ingredient I always make sure to have on hand…almond flour!
I’ve said this many times before but Bob’s Red Mill remains my go-to brand because I can trust that it’s been tested and certified gluten-free, and of course the super fine texture just can’t be beat.
Chunky Grain-free Granola Ingredients
Now the best part of this recipe is that the base is completely customizable!
- We start with 2 cups of mixed nuts. The varieties are totally up to you. My mix looked like this: 1 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup pecans. Cashews, pistachios or macadamia nuts would also be delicious. I recommend roughly chopping them as this helps the mixture bind together and form bigger clusters.
- Next we add in 3/4 cup seeds of choice. I did a mix of: 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds. You could also use hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or flax seeds.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut adds texture and dimension to the mix. Just 1/2 cup is all you need.
- As I mentioned before, almond flour is the key for getting big clusters here. Combined with the coconut oil, it helps bind all of the nuts and seeds together for a mouth full of goodness.
- Cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract enhance the flavor. If you’re not into cinnamon you can always use a different spice like cardamom or ginger.
- Last but not least we lightly sweeten the mix with just a touch of pure maple syrup. Honey, agave nectar or coconut sugar could also be used here.
How to Make Chunky Grain-free Granola
The best part about this granola is how simple it is to make.
- Combine everything in one bowl, stir together then spread out on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about 20 mins and BOOM. That’s it!
Please let me know how this turns out for you in the comments below! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do.
If you’re looking for more granola recipes be sure to check these out:
- Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Granola
- Honey Almond Chia Granola
- Chunky Blueberry Banana Granola
- Dark Chocolate, Almond, & Coconut Hemp Seed Granola
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
Chunky Grain-free Granola
- 2 cups mixed nuts, chopped
- 3/4 cup mixed seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325°F then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a large bowl, combine the chopped nuts, seeds, coconut, almond flour, cinnamon and salt. Pour the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract over top. Stir until everything is evenly coated with liquid.
- Spread the mixture out on the baking sheet into a large rectangle. Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The nuts should appear golden and the granola should be fragrant. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before stirring. Transfer to a sealed container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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This look so delicious! I love grain-free granola.
Granola is always a winner in my book! I eat a lot of grains but am always up for trying grain-free recipes too. Love Bob’s almond flour too!
I have seen a lot about the Pegan diet and while I think it would be tough for me to follow all the time, it would be a great way to change things up! Grain free granola is high on my list of things to make at home so this is a fabulous place to start!
Hi Sarah! Do you have a specific place where you get coconut milk kefir? Or do you make it? And do you have any places you get coconut milk yogurt, or a recipe for it?
Thanks for your recipes!
We have a local company in the Atlanta area that makes the coconut milk kefir. They sell it at Whole Foods so it might be available in other states as well. The brand is Ancient Awakenings. As for the coconut milk yogurt, there are several brands that you should be able to find at large grocery stores or health food stores like Whole Foods. I hope that helps! :)
OMG those chunks!! Literally dream granola right here :)
I have heard of Pegan… but oh my going GF and vegetarian was enough for me. Having gluten back in my life for now is such a relief. YES to BRM and to this scrumptious grain free granola! Delicious, Sarah!
So yummy! I change it up to suit me but this is great! Thank you! I make it almost every week.
I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for the review, Susan!
Wow this recipe looks amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing. Just making baking my first attempt, it is very crumbly, not sticking together in clumps, any suggestions on how to change this with my next batch?
Sorry to hear it turned out crumbly! Sometimes spreading it out too much or overstirring during the baking or cooling process can keep it from sticking together and forming clusters. Next time try to spread the mixture on the baking sheet but still have it stick together in a large rectangle, if that makes sense. Then don’t stir it until after it has cooled. That should do the trick!
Hi, I cannot have almond flour and wondered if coconut flour would work as well? Or what else I could sub the almond flour for?
Hi Rebecca! Coconut flour is much different from almond flour…it absorbs moisture like crazy. Because of that I’m doubtful that it would provide good results. It would have to be a similar nut flour such as hazelnut flour. Sorry I can’t be of more help! It’s hard to advise substitutions without testing them myself.
I made this granola last night. It’s perfectly seedy, crunchy and not overly sweet. My nut and seed combination was 1 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup pecans, 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup chia, 1/2 cup unsweeted shredded coconut and 2 TBS hemp hearts. I topped my smoothie bowl with a 1/3 of a cup this morning! Will definitely make again!
On Keto program since June, wad excited with the recipe for granola, different beat from eggs… which I love but… anyway. could not use the maple syrup, so took part of your other recipe with peanut butter, added coconut oil to it, vanilla and granulated stevia, sea salt and added that to the mix of almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sesame seeds, coconut flakes and almond meal. Added cinnamon, even uncooked tasted delicious, now cooking amazing aroma! Thank you!
PS Will send pics when done
This was delicious! It crumbled more than chunked for me, so I may leave our (or decrease) the Coconut Oil next time. The vanilla makes it for me!
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Excellent but I had to guess at quantities for almond flour and coconut oil?
I’m not sure why you had to guess. They are both listed in the ingredients.
I have made this several times and it’s very delicious. Thank you makingthymefor health.
This is the grain free granola I’ve been looking for. I love the texture and the ‘chunk’ you get from the almond flour. Thank you!