Grain-Free Nut and Seed Granola

  • PREP 10 minutes
  • COOK TIME 20 minutes
  • SERVES 5 cups
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This is an easy  "granola"  recipe that doesn't use any oats or grains, making nuts and seeds the star of the show. Sprinkle this on top of yogurt, on top an of a salad for an extra crunch, or just grab a handful for a tasty and nutritious snack. The combo of protein, fat, fiber and carbohydrates will keep you full and satisfied.

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  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 -2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


To prep the granola:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Roughly chop nuts and add to large mixing bowl along with seeds and coconut flakes
  3. Add melted coconut oil, maple syrup and a pinch of salt to nut/ seed mixture and fold until all the ingredients are coated
  4. On a lined large baking sheet, spread the mixture in a thin layer. If your sheet is too overcrowded you might need to do it in two batches

To bake the granola:

  1. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes, until mixture is nicely browned; make sure to stir occasionally so mixture is evenly baked and doesn’t burn
  2. Once browned removed from the oven and let cool completely before eating
  3. Enjoy with your favorite yogurt or eat on its own as a quick snack! You can store this in an airtight container for a couple weeks

From the Chef:

Experiment with different nuts and seeds. I usually use whatever is available to me! If you want to add dried fruit to your granola, add them to your mixture towards the end of your baking time, with about 10 minutes to go. 

From the Doc:

Nuts and seeds are a great plant source of zinc. Zinc plays an important role in hormone synthesis and fertility. It also is important for the proper function of our immune systems and protects our brains. Learn more about why zinc is important and how to get more of it here!


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