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April 29, 2020

Homemade Paleo Granola

This homemade Paleo granola is easy to make with just a 5 minute prep time! It’s packed with sweet, crunchy clusters that are healthy and extremely addicting! The perfect pantry staple to eat by the handful or in a bowl filled with your favorite yogurt or nut milk. Grain free, oat free, and refined sugar free too!

Spoonful of homemade paleo granola on baking sheet

I love granola. It is the perfect compliment to a good bowl of dairy free or coconut yogurt and even makes for a great standalone snack.

What I don’t love, however, is the price or ingredient list of pre-made granola. This recipe is a healthier and, tastier alternative.

Warning- It’s extremely addicting.

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Paleo Granola

  • It’s so much healthier than store bought granola! This homemade paleo granola is grain free, with no preservatives, harmful oils, or added sugars. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
  • It’s super easy to make with ingredients you’ll already have in your pantry!
  • Homemade Paleo Granola is cheaper than store bought granola. If you usually buy Paleo or grain free granola at the store, it can be $7-$9 a bag. You may spend a lot buying the nuts and seeds for this recipe, however you will have plenty left to make more batches.
  • Granola is the perfect snack on its own or to eat with yogurt, a cup of berries, almond or cashew milk, or smoothies.
Chunky Paleo granola in mason jar

PALEO GRANOLA INGREDIENTS:

This paleo granola is made without grains so you’ll need some nuts and seeds, seasonings, and a little bit of natural sweetener to make this homemade granola. Feel free to customize the batch to whatever you’re in the mood for.

  • Nuts: I used raw pecans and almonds. However, you can use what you already have in your pantry. Walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, or mixed nuts would work too. I prefer to buy raw nuts, not “roasted”. Roasted nuts are processed with inflammatory oils that are best to stay away from.

  • Seeds: For the ultimate crunch use sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds.

  • Chia seeds: Adds some extra fiber and omega 3’s to the granola.

  • Coconut oil: I recommend unrefined coconut oil as it adds a sweet taste to the granola, however you can use your preferred oil. Olive oil will add a savory taste to the granola.

  • Maple syrup: Honey will work too!

  • Vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and sea salt: Adds flavor to the granola. You can also use nutmeg, ginger, or pumpkin spice seasoning.
maple syrup being poured over nuts and seeds in food processor

TIPS FOR MAKING HOMEMADE GRANOLA

No need to keep buying Paleo granola at the grocery store. This homemade granola is easy to make with simple pantry ingredients. AND, making it at home with save you money!

It’s foolproof too, so feel free to get creative with any variations you have in mind!

paleo granola chopped up in food processor
  • Make sure nuts are fresh when you buy them! If nuts aren’t stored properly, they can go rancid quick. Be cautious if you are buying from a bulk nut bin at the grocery store.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. This makes for zero clean up and keeps the sweetener on the granola instead of the baking sheet.
  • Space the granola out on the baking sheet so that it’s a little crowded, but not overlapping. It’s needs to be crowded enough so that it sticks together, but not too much to where it won’t toast evenly.
  • Don’t over bake the granola. It will feel wet when taken out of the oven but will crisp-en up as it cools. I recommend baking for 20-25 minutes.

  • Let the granola cool completely before breaking it up into clusters. The cooling process may take 15-30 minutes. To make the granola cool faster you can grab the ends of the parchment paper and move the granola to the counter top.
Closeup picture of homemade paleo granola in food processor

Storing and Serving Homemade Granola

Storing

Make sure granola is completely cooled before placing it in an airtight container. Store it in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month. You can store for longer, however since this homemade granola is made without preservatives, it may get soggy.

You can also freeze the granola by placing it in a freezer safe bag.

Serving

Granola is delicious when served with a dairy-free or coconut yogurt (obsessed with COCOYO living coconut yogurt). You can also eat it as a cereal with your favorite nut milk, put it on top of smoothie bowls, or mix it in with chia seed pudding.

Homemade paleo granola in mason jar

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Homemade paleo granola in mason jar

Homemade Paleo Granola


  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This homemade Paleo granola is easy to make with just a 5 minute prep time! It’s packed with sweet, crunchy clusters that are healthy and extremely addicting! The perfect pantry staple to eat by the handful or in a bowl filled with your favorite yogurt or nut milk. Grain free, oat free, and refined sugar free too!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Pour all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend for 15 to 30 seconds, or until nuts are chopped.
  2. Scoop the granola onto the baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Use a spoon or spatula to press it into the pan if it is clumpy. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and transfer to the counter top. (The granola will feel wet when taken out of the oven, but will dry as it cools.) Let the granola cool until it reaches room temperature, about 15-20 minutes. Break the granola up with your hands into your preferred size clusters. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Notes

  • When spreading the granola out on the baking sheet you want to make sure it’s a little crowded together (but not too much) so that the granola sticks together. 
  • I used a half sheet pan for this recipe. There was plenty of room for the granola.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grain free granola, Raw paleo granola

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