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Granola masquerades as a health food but is often a sugar-loaded treat. I love my pumpkin spice granola and peanut butter granola recipes, but they both have grain and sugars in different forms. As a daily granola, I love this vegan, zero sugar, cinnamon nut grain-free granola.
Nuts as the filler
For most people, grains are not bad. That said, some people can’t tolerate certain ones and oats can sometimes be empty calories. Taking all the grain options away, you’re pretty much left with nuts as the hearty filler.
Thankfully I love nuts. Yes, they’re high fat, but they’re not just any fat. Nuts are good fats, full of nutrients and omegas to help feed your heart and mind. Nuts also give a texture that is so appetizing.
Depending on any allergies you may have, you can switch up the nuts in this recipe as needed.
Ground flax seed
Many granolas have thickeners or filler that use dry milk or egg whites. Both are delicious, but can also create allergenic restrictions for some people. This granola has neither because it’s only thickened with ground flax seed. It sounds odd but when mixed with water, flax seed meal becomes a thick paste. It works perfectly to help spices stick to the granola, creating those craggy chunks we all want to pick out.
Cutting sugar is tough. I get it… I totally get it! We’re addicted to sugar even though we don’t realize it. Most processed foods purchased from the grocery store have sugar in some form. Mega companies have incredibly sneaky ways of changing the name of sugar to get it into the product without the knowledge of the consumer.
Take a look at the label of something that wouldn’t sound like it contains sugar. Recognize every ingredient? No? Chances are, there’s some form of sugar in there.
Years ago, when I decided to cook mostly at home with real ingredients, I was able to cut the majority of my sugar intake, aside from a sweet treat now and then. The reason for this? When you use whole ingredients, you can control the amount of sugar. Think about it: let’s say you’re making a homemade salad dressing. Does this sound like something that should contain sugar? Most likely not. But when you buy it, there’s a high likelihood it’ll have sugar.
To keep the granola sugar-free but retain some sweetness, this recipe incorporates optional liquid stevia drops. Stevia is an herb whose leaves are used as a natural sweetener. But unlike sugar, it does not raise your glycemic index nor does it trigger the addictive brain response characteristic of real sugar!
For this granola, I added both coconut and cinnamon to provide a touch of sweetness. It’s no surprise that cinnamon is a sweet spice. Since we’re all used to cinnamon being present in baked goods, we automatically think “sweet” when eating it.
This grain-free granola recipe has nothing to do with fat loss, but everything to do with delicious, healthier choices!
Watch how to make this grain-free granola:Print
There’s no need to incorporate tons of sugar when granola can be made with cinnamon, coconut, and nuts. This zero sugar granola is a gluten-free and vegan option that’s delicious!
- 2 tablespoons + 1/2 cup ground flax meal, separated
- 5 tablespoons water
- 4 ounces (2 cups) raw coconut flakes
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup cleaned hazelnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 20 drops liquid stevia
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal and the water. Set aside to thicken.
- Pour the coconut flakes onto a large baking sheet. Chop the pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts into rough pieces and pour on top of coconut Sprinkle on salt, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup flax meal. Add the thickened flax meal mixture and stir the granola together. Continue to stir until the entire mixture is moistened.
- Spread out into an even layer and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the coconut is golden brown and the granola doesn’t feel wet.
- Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container to keep fresh.
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 246
- Sugar: 1.8g
- Sodium: 55.1mg
- Fat: 22.3g
- Saturated Fat: 12.2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 7.5g
- Fiber: 5.5g
- Protein: 4.4g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: brunch, granola, gluten-free, grain-free