Paleo Granola

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.

Paleo Granola

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Servings 12



  • 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
  • Serve
Prep Time 15 mins
Soak Time 8 hours
Cook Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 8 hrs 15 mins
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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:


73 responses to “Paleo Granola”

  1. Hi Elana!!! Wowzers!!!! This is beautiful!! I made this last night (my first time ever making granola) and it’s just what I need to pop onto my Greek yoghurt!!! Thanks for your fantastic recipes! I have 2 of your books and use them all the time!!!

  2. I am assuming that soaking is only for raw nuts/seeds? I have already roasted pumpkin seeds and mac nuts, so I was thinking I should only soak the raw almonds and raisins.

    Any comments would be appreciated! Thanks!

  3. I absolutely love this granola and so does my almost 2 year old! My ovens lowest temp is 170 so I had two baking sheets cooking for about 3 hours turning every hour or so. I just followed other reviewers and took them out when they weren’t wet anymore! I am so excited to trying this with different nuts and it will be so good with sweetened shredded coconut and dried fruits.
    Elanas, thank you so much for your impressive recipes. I have started paleo lifestyle (not diet!) and really rely on your blogs recipes for their ease, my access to ingredients to make them and that so many kid friendly! So a big big big thank you for all your hard work!!

  4. This is delicious! I jus made my first batch and enjoyed some over fresh strawberries. Need to work on the baking time for my oven, but thanks for the tasty recipe and tips (leaving in oven overnight was key for me, but I also think my batches were too big for my oven/sheet, will halve next time).

  5. Made this over the weekend and wanted the nuts to remain truly raw so i dehydrated at 105 (F) in the dehydrator for 24 hours – it was fantastic! The texture was perfect and the flavor was great! My twins LOVED it – ate it for breakfast this morning over some raw yogurt. Thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe!!

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