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. 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

  2. How can I make this more Keto friendly w/o raisins? Will it turn out without subbing something else for the raisins?

  3. 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!

  4. I prefer using dried cranberries over raisins. Is there a particular reason to use raisins instead? Are they healthier?

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