5-seed almond granola

5-seed almond granola (grain-free)
5-seed almond granola (grain-free)

I've recommitted to living 100% grain-free for a while.  And I'm pretty excited about how it will make me feel (being totally strict) and the wonderful possibilities of grain alternatives that won't leave me sluggish, heavy, and low.

My love of baking is what hurts the most when I pull out all grains.  (I had been enjoying oats everyday which I truly love but am giving up right now.)  And what also hurts?  Baking with grains for my children and watching them eat it.  So, I've decided to relearn how to bake 100% of the time with grain-free ingredients so that mother is happy and children are happy.  (And Bobby--who is more disciplined than me--will actually eat what I bake.)

There is a mental list of grainy-things (really oats) I do love to eat: granola, healthy cookies, and bars.   Breads, pasta, bagels, and such don't entice me--especially when I remember how eating them made me feel.  But those oats!  I do love them.

You remember my mother's granola?  Smelling that baking from the oven reminds me of my childhood.  I've decided to find a way to enjoy every part of her homemade granola without the grains.  And guess what?  This recipe honestly tastes just like it--almost better (sorry Mom!)--with the addition of almond butter, almond extract, more incredible seeds, and coconut oil.

There is so much flavor to this granola and totally free of refined sugar.  (It is only sweetened by honey and berries.)  It is faster to make (no cooking before baking) and really tastes absolutely incredible.  

5-seed almond granola (grain-free)
5-seed almond granola (grain-free)

5 Seed Almond Granola (Grain-Free)

1 cup almonds

1 cup walnuts

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/8 chia seeds

1/3 cup sesame seeds

1/3 cup flaxseed meal

1/8 cup hemp seeds

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded

1/4 cup almond butter (make your own with a handful of almonds)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

1/4 tsp salt

4 TBSP honey (use vitafiber if low carb, maple syrup if vegan)

3 TBSP coconut oil, melted

1.5 cups berries (frozen or fresh)

(We buy our nuts, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, hemp seeds, and big tub of organic coconut oil from Costco.  Seriously the best deal around.)

  1. Pulse almonds and walnuts in food processor until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add nuts along with the 5 seeds to a large bowl and mix.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (except for berries) and mix well.
  4. Add berries (I used frozen blueberries) to the mixture.  Frozen berries will dry out in the baking process so don't worry about the excess moisture.
  5. Spread granola over parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake on 200 degrees for 3 hours, stirring every hour or so.  Your house will become so fragrant!
  7. Once baked, let completely cool before storing air tight container.
5-seed almond granola (grain-free)
5-seed almond granola (grain-free)

{Checking on the granola after the first hour}

5-seed almond granola (grain-free)
5-seed almond granola (grain-free)

I can't begin to tell you how wonderful this granola turned out.  If I were blindfolded I'd have no idea it is grain-free.  And it is super-packed with powerful nuts, protein, powerhouse seeds (i.e.hemp seeds are amazing!), brain fuel from coconut oil, and so on.  This granola is wonderful with cow's milk or almond milk or served over greek yogurt.

It is amazing what happens when you begin pulling out addictive foods like grains and sugars (carbs) how much more cleaner you feel, more agile you feel, and better clarity of mind you have.  It has been an incredible journey and I'm excited to begin telling my tale next week.

I'd love to hear if you try making the 5 seed almond granola.  This will be the new "everyone can eat" granola for this family.