Healthy Nutty Granola- Homemade Recipe

My nutty grain-free granola is not your traditional recipe – there are no oats included. This grain-free version is a mixture of nuts and seeds coated in egg whites, spices, and natural sweeteners.

Store-bought granola can be hard on your digestive system, not to mention many of them contain too much sweeteners and are usually made with vegetable oils (read why other fats are healthier).

About Nutty Granola

Bestseller No. 1
Nature Valley Oats & Honey Big & Crunchy Granola Breakfast Cereal, 16 oz
  • GRANOLA: Nature Valley crunchy granola is made with whole grain oats and sweet honey flavor
  • REAL INGREDIENTS: Hearty 100% whole grain oats with no artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or corn syrup.
  • WHOLE GRAIN: An excellent source of whole grain with 14 grams per serving (at least 48 grams recommended daily).
  • ON-THE-GO ENERGY: Add granola cereal to a yogurt parfait to an easy snack, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola delivers on-the-go energy so you can keep going.
  • CONTAINS: 16 oz
Bestseller No. 2
Quaker Simply Granola Honey & Almond, Twin Pack
  • Includes 2 (24oz) boxes of Quaker Simply Granola, Oats, Honey, & Almonds flavor
  • Oats and honey go together like, well, oats and honey. Some flavor combinations are hard to improve on.
  • Enhanced with sliced almonds, this crunchy combo is great both hot and cold, and might have you wishing you could eat breakfast for every meal.
  • Excellent source of fiber, 45g of whole grains per serving
  • No artificial flavors or colors, very low in sodium
Bestseller No. 3
Nature Valley Granola, Granola Crunch, Cinnamon, 16 oz
  • GRANOLA: Nature Valley crunchy granola is made with whole grain oats and cinnamon flavor
  • REAL INGREDIENTS: Hearty 100% whole grain oats with no artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or corn syrup.
  • WHOLE GRAIN: An excellent source of whole grain with 27 grams per serving (at least 48 grams recommended daily).
  • ON-THE-GO ENERGY: Add granola cereal to a yogurt parfait to an easy snack, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola delivers on-the-go energy so you can keep going.
  • CONTAINS: 16 oz
Bestseller No. 4
Nature's Path Organic Gluten Free Honey Almond Granola, 11 Ounce, Non-GMO, 15g Whole Grains, with Omega-3 Rich Chia Seeds
  • Contains 1- 11 Ounce Resealable Pouch of Nature’s Path Organic Gluten Free Honey Almond Granola
  • You'll love these large, snack-sized clusters of organic rolled oats, crunchy almonds, chia seeds, and clover honey. Have a bowl for breakfast or try it with yogurt, oatmeal or even as a delectable topper for a dessert
  • Boost your nutrition with this tasty gluten free granola, enriched with whole grains, heart-healthy almonds and omega-3 rich chia seeds
  • Our crunchy granola is Non-GMO Project verified, Certified USDA Organic, and kosher, made with nutritious, simple ingredients. None of our products contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • By choosing organic, you're choosing to nourish the soil, the environment, and yourself. Nature's Path believes in fair practices, high quality, and embracing sustainability processes. We're not just organic - we're always organic
Bestseller No. 5
Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Cereal, Oats 'n Honey, Value Size, 22.4 oz
  • GRANOLA CEREAL: A delicious blend of honey-coated whole oats and crisp rice, making it for breakfast or an afternoon snack
  • ORGANIC SNACK: Certified organic granola cereal made without GMOS or synthetic pesticides
  • EASY AND VERSATILE: Start your morning with a bowlful of organic granola, top your favorite Greek yogurt, or enjoy it by the handful on your next hike
  • HEALTHY INGREDIENTS: Made with 35 grams of whole grain and 3 grams of fiber per serving; Kosher and contains no artificial flavors or artificial colors
  • CONTAINS: 22.4 oz
SaleBestseller No. 6
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, Peanut Butter Whole Grain Granola, 10g Protein, Gluten Free, 11 Ounce (Pack of 3)
  • Contains 3 Bags of 11 Ounce KIND HEALTHY GRAINS Peanut Butter Clusters
  • Kosher snacks made with five super grains - oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth and quinoa
  • Healthy clusters deliver a delicious flavor combination of peanuts and peanut butter in each bite
  • KIND HEALTHY GRAINS clusters make a nutritious option for any time of day
  • Healthy snacks that are a good source of fiber* and made without genetically engineered ingredients *Contains 8 grams of fat per serving
Bestseller No. 7
Udi's Gluten Free Au Naturel Granola, Dairy Free and Egg Free, Pure Honey , 11Ounce (Packaging May Vary)
  • A TASTY WAY TO START THE DAY - With certified gluten free oats and wildflower honey, our gluten-free granola is part of a delicious breakfast.
  • FULL OF TASTE, FREE OF GLUTEN - Whether you prefer granola, bagels, English muffins, or even toast, we have the perfect gluten-free breakfast solution for you.
  • NOT JUST FOR BREAKFAST - Our Simple Au Naturel Granola is delicious any time of day! Mix it with your favorite yogurt or enjoy it by the handful.
  • DELICIOUS TASTE FOR ALL – Udi’s Gluten Free granola is dairy-free and egg-free, so you can feel good about this crunchy treat.
  • UDI'S MISSION – Our mission is to provide you with the best gluten free food on the planet. Udi’s is committed to making delicious food that just happens to be gluten free, because we believe you shouldn’t have to compromise on taste to live a gluten free lifestyle.
Bestseller No. 8
Bob's Red Mill Natural Whole Grain Granola, 12-ounce (Pack of 4)
  • WHOLE GRAIN GOODNESS: Our Classic Granola is lightly sweetened, pleasantly crunchy and packed with whole grain goodness; eat it cold with yogurt, heat it up with milk or snack on it right out the bag
  • VEGAN: All Bob’s Red Mill products are vegetarian; this product is also vegan, meaning it does not include eggs, dairy or honey
  • GOOD SOURCE OF FIBER: One serving provides 18% of your daily value
  • GOOD SOURCE OF IRON: One serving provides 10% of your daily value
  • BOB'S RED MILL: Make folks a little happier: it’s the idea that keeps our stone mills grinding to fill every bag with wholesome goodness
Bestseller No. 9
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, Cinnamon Oat Clusters with Flax Seeds, Gluten Free, Non GMO, 11 Ounce Bag
  • Contains 1 - 11oz KIND Healthy Grain Clusters Pouches
  • Our five super grain blend combined with flax seeds and the perfect amount of cinnamon for a sweet, crunchy snack.
  • Our "The sweet, crunchy clusters are the perfect addition to your morning yogurt bowl or on top of your afternoon smoothie.just-the-right-size" clusters make these perfect to be enjoyed in a bowl with milk, on top of a smoothie, or even by the handful.
  • Gluten free, No Genetically Modified Ingredients, 0g Trans Fat, Kosher
  • Good source of fiber and whole grain, 100% whole grains, low sodium
Bestseller No. 10
Love Crunch Organic Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola, 11.5 Ounce (Pack of 6), Non-GMO, Fair Trade, by Nature's Path
  • Contains 6- 11.5 Ounce Resealable Pouches of Love Crunch Organic Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola
  • Make breakfast your go-to meal when stocked up on Love Crunch Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola, featuring a rich blend of Fair Trade dark chocolate chunks, organic peanut butter and whole grain rolled oats
  • Cure those midday hunger pains with a handful of this delicious granola that satisfies your body with 13g of whole grains in each serving. This Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola is also tasty with smoothies, ice cream, yogurt and Acai bowls
  • Our premium granola is Non-GMO Project verified, Certified USDA Organic, and kosher, and includes wholesome and 100% organic ingredients grown in harmony with nature
  • For every Love Crunch product purchased, we'll donate an equal amount to food banks in food or cash through our Bite4Bite program. We are sharing the love through charitable efforts

Grains and nuts need proper preparation to break down enzyme inhibitors that make them hard to digest. Oats and nuts are high in phytic acid, and the phytase enzymes that help break it down is not abundant in our digestive systems. Phytic acid also binds with minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, which can lead to mineral deficiencies in high phytate diets (too much grains and high fiber foods that are not properly prepared).

I soak all my nuts in salted water overnight and dehydrate them in the oven or dehydrator. The soaking process activates phytase enzymes and reduces the nut’s phytic acid – making them.

I chose to use egg whites in my recipe since I always have so much excess egg whites waiting in my fridge to be used (from homemade ice cream, homemade mayonnaise, or smoothies). But coconut oil and butter are good options as well. Many oven-roasted nuts recipes use egg whites as a coating but you can make an egg-free version with extra butter or coconut oil.

Homemade Nutty Granola Recipe

Healthy Nutty Granola- Homemade Recipe

Grain-Free Granola
Once you have the basic ratio of 1 egg white per 2 cups of nuts/seeds, endless variations are possible. For an egg-free version, omit the egg whites and add more butter or coconut oil.

  • 8 cups mixed nuts, preferably soaked and dehydrated
  • 4 large egg whites (1/2 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup (1/4 cup) or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2-4 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

Optional add-ins; dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots, goji berries), crystallized ginger, and coconut flakes.

How to make: step by step:

1. Beat or whisk egg whites with the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and spices in a large bowl until combined.
2. Chop up nuts to the desired size – a food processor makes this easy – and mix them into the egg mixture.
3. Butter or oil the insert of a slow cooker and pour in the nut mixture.
4. Turn on the slow cooker to high and cook granola, stirring every 15-20 minutes, until the coating dries (about 2-3 hours).
5. Allow cooling before storing in an airtight container. Any dried fruit or additional mix-ins can be added after it cools.

Note: I prefer making granola with a slow cooker when I’m already home and in and out of the kitchen to stir it. To prepare in the oven, pour the mixture into a greased baking pan and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, or until granola is dry, occasionally stirring to brown evenly.

The best way to start your day is with a bowl of granola! It provides protein and important micronutrients like iron, vitamin D and folate. The different types will give you what kind of energy works for whatever task.

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