I love paleo granola! This healthy grain-free breakfast “cereal” is made of just 7 ingredients –almonds, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Purely fruit sweetened and crunchy, it’s a great paleo breakfast recipe!
I get a kick out of using the term “granola” to ridicule folks here in Boulder. However, when I’m feeling earthy, dousing myself in patchouli (which my husband dislikes to no end) I can easily apply the term to myself. Though I’m more a yuppie than a hippie. I guess that would make me a yippie.
Alas, I digress. I created this recipe for a crunchy live gluten-free granola back in 2002. And even though he’s not a hippie, yippie or yuppie, my husband loves it, and so does my younger son. The little guy eats this healthy homemade granola with whole milk yogurt, which makes for a tasty and filling snack.
- 2 cups almonds
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- Place nuts and seeds in a large bowl, cover with water and soak overnight
- Place raisins in a separate bowl, cover with 1 cup water and soak overnight
- Place raisins, along with their soaking water in a food processor and puree until smooth
- In a strainer, drain and rinse nuts and seeds and discard soaking water
- Add nuts and seeds to raisin puree in food processor and pulse until consistency of granola
- Briefly pulse in vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to incorporate
- Transfer mixture onto two large baking sheets
- To make live granola, place in oven on the lowest setting (usually 135°F) for 24 hours
- For instant gratification, bake 45 minutes in oven at 250°F
- Top with shredded coconut or dried fruit if desired
Enjoy this paleo granola recipe with fresh fruit and plain yogurt. Or as I do, simply by the handful. Paleo Granola is also fantastic with my homemade Almond Milk. If you have egg allergies, this is the perfect egg-free breakfast, and you’ll also want to take a look at my Egg-Free Recipes page!
Here are some of my other healthy paleo breakfast recipes:
Natalie, feel free to experiment!
Do I need to soak the nuts? Can I make it with raw nuts? Thanks
I just made this today . I had been WANTING granola bad . Found your recipe in the cookbook and prepared yesterday. I did however sub dates for raisins and perfect . I added chia seeds on top as well as shredded coconut . So good! Thank you
Suzanne Galione says
How can I make this more Keto friendly w/o raisins? Will it turn out without subbing something else for the raisins?
Suzanne, I haven’t tried that so not sure. I’m working on a Keto Granola recipe so stay tuned :-)
You can use a non-GMO erythritol sweetener with just a tiny bit of Stevie….
Jeanette Regas says
Re soaking the nuts … I soaked mine about 4 hours (too anxious – loved the first batch). I drained them in a colander then put them on a clean dish draining mat single layer and rolled that up with a little weight on it. Perfect.Love this recipe!
Jeanette, so great to hear you love this recipe!
Can I use this to make granola bars for the kids? If so, how would I do it? Thanks!
Hi Nicole, i haven’t tried that so not sure. Here’s one of my favorite granola bar recipes for you:
Gabriele Murry says
I prefer using dried cranberries over raisins. Is there a particular reason to use raisins instead? Are they healthier?
Hi Gabriele, either one will work :-)