Real Healthy Granola

Best gluten free recipe for granola

Mmmmm get your grain-free crunchy granola on.

Cereal is my Achilles heel.

I used to pour a big bowl of crunchy Oh’s with milk at the end…and beginning…of a long stressful day. It was so darn comforting.

It’s funny how regular boxed cereal, filled with wheat and sugar, turned to air once I crunched it, never making me feel full. If anything, I’d be even hungrier by the second bowl.

All of those refined carbs, sugar grams and empty calories sure added up quickly. Traditional cereal is one of the fastest and most efficient ways that I know for gaining weight. Ugh. No thanks.

So what do I do with my need for crunchy cereal?

Why make a batch of this grain-free Real Healthy Granola, of course! This stuff really hits that crunchy-cereal-craving spot.

This stuff is uber filling so don’t expect to make it to bowl #2. The nuts fill you up and power your entire morning, and even into your afternoon.

I love to serve this granola up with a dousing of chilled, unsweetened coconut milk and fresh, ripe berries. Enjoy!

Real Healthy Granola
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 1 reviews

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Serves 24


  1. Place the pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans and walnuts in a large bowl of water, cover with a plate and allow to soak on the counter for a full hour. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a double boiler, over very low heat, melt the coconut oil and raw honey. (Simple way to do this is to place the coconut oil and honey in a small skillet, then place that skillet into a bigger skillet that is filled with a couple of inches of water. This prevents the oil and honey from burning. Trust me, burnt honey is NOT easy to remove from a skillet…I’ve tried it.)
  4. Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Pour into a food processor along with the soaked/dried nuts, vanilla extract, almond extract, ground flax, ground chia seeds, cinnamon, raisins and sea salt. Pulse for 30-60 seconds, until the mixture reaches an even, granola-like consistency. Mix in the sliced almonds.
  5. Pour the granola mixture over your prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly. Bake for 10 minutes, mix, and then bake for another 10 minutes. At this point you’ll need to assess if the granola is crunchy enough. If it’s not then return it to the oven in 5 minute increments, stirring after each one. Once your granola is crunchy and golden then it’s done.
  6. I like to store my homemade granola in a glass jar in the fridge, this allows it to keep longer. Serve with chilled unsweetened coconut milk and berries, if you please. Enjoy!

Serving size: ¼ Cup     Calories: 190     Fat: 15 g     Carbohydrates: 9 g     Sugar: 5 g     Sodium: 33 mg     Fiber: 4 g     Protein: 12 g    
Best recipe for grain free gluten free granola

Don’t ya just wanna take a bite? I do.


  • Sam April 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m just wondering about how many cups total the recipe makes… I’m trying to figure out how much of a cup is one serving so I can calculate the calories per serving.

    • Diana April 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Thanks Sam! It makes a little over 6 cups, so a serving is a heaping 1/4 cup. Enjoy 🙂

  • Alice April 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Are the nutrition facts for one serving, i.e. 1/4 cup? Seems like a lot of sodium.

    • Diana April 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Alice,
      That is the sodium including the added sea salt. You could reduce the sodium by leaving the sea salt out. Enjoy!

  • Alice April 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Oops! Also meant to ask are the nutrition facts measured in grams?

    • Diana July 7, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Hi Alice!

      The nutrition facts are in grams.

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Gina May 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    What’s the purpose of soaking all your nuts? Will the outcome be the same if you don’t soak it? Can you still pulse w/ honey and not soak?

    • Diana May 5, 2014 at 4:37 am

      Hi Gina, great question. You certainly could skip the soaking step, however there is a benefit to soaking nuts. It helps to neutralize enzyme inhibitors, which makes digestion easier and increases the amount of nutrients absorbed.

  • Melanie Palmer August 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I have missed cereal so much!!! I am so glad I found this recipe because this is grrreat! 🙂 My family likes it too. So yummy, thank Diana!!

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