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”

    • Hi Meena, yes soaking the nuts is critical to this recipe. It makes the recipe granola-like and also rids the nuts of their anti-nutrients. Enjoy :-)

  1. Do you have the nutritional value and serving size for this recipe. I have an athlete who I think would love this, but would not put a single thing in their mouth if they can not track the nutritional information.


  3. After reading all the comments about the mixture still being wet after baking at 250 for several hours, I put the rinsed nuts into my salad spinner and was able to get a good amount of water out. A few of the pumkin seeds did find their way through the slots in the strainer basket but I just scrapped them out after draining the water. Next time I might just add an extra tablespoon of seeds. It was nicely toasted in about 1 1/2 hours at 250. Thanks for a great recipe.

  4. I made this last night for an upcoming vacation. We are going to a remote lodge so I needed something I know I can eat. It turned out great! I added cranberries and shredded coconut at the end of cooking. I love that the only sweetener is the raisin puree. I’m getting rave reviews! Thanks Elena!

  5. I used less than 1 cup of water but have had it in the oven for about 2 hours at 250 and it’s still wet?

    • Stacy, make sure when you prepare this that all of the soaking water is thoroughly drained from the nuts to prevent this :-)

  6. Do you think I could add chia or flax seeds to this recipe? If so, would you recommend soaking them too? This sounds really yummy, thanks for posting.

  7. Does anyone out there know where I can get peanut-free macadamia nuts? I read on a blog that Dole Plantation brand are peanut-free, but I cannot find them online for purchase. I know I could sub another nut, but I would really like to try this with macadamia. Thx!

    Elena – thanks for the wonderful recipes :)

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