Coco-Coco-Nut Grain-Free Granola Recipe

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Cereal comes from a box right?

Not in my house.

When we began cleaning up our diets we switched to organic and gluten-free cereals, but I had always vowed that I would one day make cereal from scratch, and if I could do it totally grain-free it would be a major achievement.

It really seems rather strange to think that you can have a cereal without grains but you can, and honestly I think it tastes better!  Now, some purists would say that you don’t need to try and recreate cereal, just enjoy the food in it’s original form. Those purists clearly don’t have kids.

grain-free granola

This recipe isn’t set in stone. You can use whatever nuts you want, leave out the coconut, replace the sunflower seeds with a different kind of nut. You could use dried bananas or other fruit, add cinnamon, cashews, pumpkin seeds, dates, flax seeds, chia seeds, maple syrup, whatever floats your boat. Don’t be afraid to experiment but make sure you write down the recipe in case it turns out incredible and you want to be able to recreate it.

grain-free granola

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s soooo easy to get the kids involved.

grain-free granola

And who knows, you just might inspire a future food blogger!

grain-free granola recipe

We can’t stop eating this stuff, and it is SO EASY to make, it just takes some time to bake. You can eat it as cereal. Put it on yogurt. Eat it by the handful. I just recommend you have someone hide it after you take some because you will not stop with just one serving, I promise.

grain-free granola

Coco-Coco-Nut Granola Recipe
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  • 1 cup soaked raw almonds
  • 1 cup soaked raw pecans
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp grass-fed butter (unsalted)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees farenheit.
  2. Pulse to grind pecans and almonds just briefly in a food processor. Use a big enough bowl to allow you to add the remaining ingredients to it.
  3. In a small pan, heat honey and butter until soft and blended well then add in the cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt.
  4. Add honey/butter mixture to the nuts and process gently until blended together.
  5. Add in the sunflower seeds and coconut and continue to pulse until blended. The pieces should be small, it will almost look too small but the pieces will group up when baked.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture out onto it.
  7. Bake for 4-5 hours until crisp, stir mixture about halfway through but don't break down the pieces too small, you want them to clump together.
  8. Cool as long as you can before devouring it.


grain-free granola

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  1. says

    Your daughter looks so sweet! I wouldn’t be surprised if food blogging runs in your family. And any breakfast with chocolate involved sounds good to me!

  2. says

    Hi there, one of our team members just stumbled upon this post via foodgawker. Amazing job! We love your pictures and your creativity. Keep up the great work bringing real food to real people.

  3. says

    This recipe looks delicious! And my littles help me in the kitchen too! Great post, thank you for sharing! Oh and SO cute her with her camera taking a picture of it! Future food blogger for sure!

  4. says

    I’m going to try this recipe! It looks amazing and Amen to the work that women due when they are stay-at-home-moms. I’ve been working my tail off to take care of my family and get the house ready to sale, pack and all that jazz. I need a paid vacation, lol.

  5. says

    This looks great, Kim, but considering my son’s allergic to nuts and seeds, I think just about the only ingredients in here I could use are honey, butter and cocoa powder. :)

    Some really great points about women getting life insurance too. Don’t just think it’s only “for men.” What if the woman’s working and the dad’s staying at home? Or if they’re both working? Or even if the mom’s a SAHM, it doesn’t matter. If something happens to you or your husband, it’s a no brainer. You need to be prepared.

    • says

      Andrew, then I recommend eggs and bacon for your son LOL.

      Our insurance isn’t that expensive and if something did happen we would not only have money for arrangements but enough so that realistically it could be years before the survivor “had” to work again. If something happened to one of us, the kids wouldn’t have to go into daycare or anything like that.

  6. says

    I’m trying to teach all of my kids their way around the kitchen as well. My mom didn’t teach me. She didn’t do a lot of homemade cooking.

    This recipe looks amazing and I’m definitely going to try it!

    • says

      Yes you soak them in water for around 8 hours. Nuts contan phyto chemicals that are enzyme inhibitors. If you don’t soak them, technically your body can’t handle them very well. Soaking breaks that stuff down for better digestion. After soaking you can put them on a paper towel and dry them. They don’t have to be compltely dry to make the recipe but they might take a bit longer to bake.

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