Grain Free Granola | Cacao + Peanut Butter

As my taste has changed with eating real whole food, I no longer crave sugary or processed desserts or treats. I crave granola.

Not just any granola, homemade granola.

When I transitioned to a whole foods diet, a granola recipe from one of my favorite blogs 100 Days of Real Food opened my eyes to the delicious homemade version. I love granola for it versatility. I can add any ingredients that sound good and it’s easily adaptable for different diets.

Don’t let the title fool you, I am a carb lover! But, I like to balance the amount of grains I eat in a day, and I tend to go for a carb heavy lunch and sometimes dinner. To break my oatmeal streak, I came up with a grain free granola option. This one is flavored with raw cacao powder and natural peanut butter. Also, there are no added oils or refined sugar!

The ingredients I use in this grain free granola include super foods like raw cacao powder and pumpkin seeds. Raw cacao powder is the unprocessed version of chocolate. It is simply the bean from the cacao plant and is full of magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds (or pepitas) are also great sources of magnesium, Omega-3s, and protein. In fact, they are one of the richest sources of protein in a plant based diet!

I make this recipe on a Sunday and keeps in a container in my pantry for at least two weeks. I’m loving it with Dream Blends Quinoa + Rice milk  because it is naturally sweet.

Recipe Video

Watch me make this recipe and 2 other healthy recipe ideas in my recent YouTube video!

 

 

Let me know if you try this grain free granola!

 

What are your favorite granola recipes and toppings?

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Grain Free Granola with Cacao + Peanut Butter
This delicious granola is packed with healthy fats and protein from all the nuts and seeds. Raw cacao powder is high in magnesium which is so important for many of our body functions. I like to have about a 1/2 cup of granola with non-dairy milk, topped with frozen berries.
Grain free granola
Courses Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Courses Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Grain free granola
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almonds through salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, add the maple syrup, water, and peanut butter. Simmer over med-low heat stirring until peanut butter is evenly incorporated into the liquid.
  4. Off the heat, add the vanilla extract to the peanut butter mixture.
  5. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the nut+seed mixture and stir until all ingredients are coated with the liquid.
  6. On a lined baking sheet, spread the granola out evenly using the back of a spoon or spatula to flatten.
  7. Put granola in the oven for 25-30 minutes, checking halfway through and stirring it around so it evenly bakes.
  8. Take out of oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Once granola has hardened, break into chunks or small pieces.
  9. Enjoy right away, or store the granola in a container for 2 weeks (if you don't eat it all by then!)
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