Grain Free Walnut Granola

This grain free walnut granola is sweet, crunchy, and full of healthy fats & protein. It’s gluten free, vegan, and easy to make!

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!

walnut granola

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Grain Free Walnut Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
  • 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)
  1. Preheat the oven to 300
  2. In a small bowl, combine all nuts and stir to mix.
  3. 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.
  4. Stir in the coconut oil, maple syrup, and chia seeds.
  5. Make sure all the nuts are coated with the oil and syrup.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 7 minutes.

Just in case you’re curious, here’s the nutritional info!

coconut walnut granola

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!

This grain free walnut granola is sweet, crunchy, and full of healthy fats & protein. It's gluten free, vegan, and easy to make!

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!

What’s your favorite granola mix-in?


  1. Yum! I was just saying that I needed to make some granola soon. I may have to try an alternative recipe like this one!

  2. As much as I love granola made with oats I must say that I love granola made with nuts just as much! So freaking amazing. I love the simplicity of this one! And the crunch is probably amazing 🙂

  3. This looks so simple and delicious! I have all these ingredients so this will have to happen when I need granola next 🙂

  4. What a perfect snack that is grain free. I particularly love coconut flakes.

  5. I love the crunchiness of this granola!! Usually, I eat granola as a snack and it’s such a good one.

  6. This is such a great, tasty, healthy snack! I have never made it homemade. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. For me, granola is all about the nuts anyway, so this sounds perfect for me. Definitely one to try!

  8. My go-to breakfast is plain Greek yogurt with granola on top. I love that this is grain free. And I’m a total sucker for anything with maple syrup. Yum!

  9. Yum this looks great! I love maple syrup as a sweetener and i love adding dark chocolate 😀

  10. i love granola in general and this version with coconut sounds delicious.

  11. I’ve never tried a grain free granola before but this one looks like the perfect place to start! I love how simple the ingredient list is. Also, free walnut and red wine sound like a major parent perk. 😉

  12. Haha! I love visiting my mom because I always get free food!!!

  13. I can’t get enough of coconut flakes at the moment so I’ve gotttt to try this!

    At the moment my favourite granola mix in has to be dates – especially if they’re baked with the granola as they get all chewy and delicious!

  14. Mmmh. This sounds similar to nut brittle which is goood. It’s great you get to see your parents much more often now – and double your pantry. Because parents’ pantries = their children’s pantries. Forever ;).

  15. Yumm! This sounds great liz. I’ve been loving granola mixed into my cereal or on top of smoothie bowls 🙂

  16. Story of my life of burning my mouth on food either out of the oven or off the stovetop because I can’t wait to try it. One day I will learn my lesson. This looks fab though! I didn’t know you lived in Richmond, I went to JMU!

  17. I was just thinking that I want to start making my own granola. I need to try out this recipe!


  18. I’m actually beginning to find that grain free granola is one of my favorites, because it is so easy to make chunky. I love chunky/crunchy granola, so I would have to say that anything with lots of nuts = a fave. 🙂

  19. What a neat recipe! I may have to try it! 🙂

    Would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  20. Looks delicious and healthy too! I love that you include the nutrients information! Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictories linkup!

  21. This sounds like a wonderful snack. I would probably add a little apricot since I love it. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday. Pinned.

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