This grain free walnut granola is sweet, crunchy, and full of healthy fats & protein. It’s gluten free, vegan, and easy to make!
As I was leaving my parents’ house yesterday, my mom packed up a bag of walnuts for me to take home. She had gotten a huge bag at Costco and had plenty to share. Since I’m not one to turn down a giant bag of walnuts, I gladly accepted. On my drive home, I was thinking about what to do with them and I just couldn’t get granola out of my head. As soon as I walked in the door, I preheated the oven and started playing around with different combinations.
My favorite of the bunch was this grain free walnut granola mixture of walnuts, coconuts, and almonds. I just loved the crunchy texture and since this granola is full of nuts, it’ll actually keep you satisfied!
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- ½ cup almond slices
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 300
- In a small bowl, combine all nuts and stir to mix.
- If your coconut oil isn't already melted (mine was) just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes a liquid.
- Stir in the coconut oil, maple syrup, and chia seeds.
- Make sure all the nuts are coated with the oil and syrup.
- Spread on a baking sheet lined with foil. I kept it in a fairly thick layer, so it would be a little clumpier. If you spread it out in a thinner layer, it won't be as clumpy but it'll cook a little faster.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 7 minutes.
I almost burned my tongue because I kept grabbing bites as soon as it came out of the oven. That’s the sign of a winning recipe!
So Mom, thanks for sharing your walnuts with me. (And Dad, thanks for sharing red wine with me all weekend.) Can you tell I’m enjoying having my parents living in Richmond? It’s pretty great, and not just for the free food. 😉
Don’t forget to pin this recipe so you can make it later!
You could also customize this granola by adding chocolate chips, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or pecans! (Just make sure you add the chocolate chips or dried fruit after you bake it.)
Don’t have any walnuts? Try this simple grain free granola instead!