One of my favorite things about low carb recipes is when I can take a classic and make it something that fits my lifestyle, and this grain free granola recipe is a perfect example!
Creamy, homemade peanut butter coats crunchy walnuts in a mix that’s perfect for low carb breakfast, or to top yogurts or ice cream.
This keto granola proves that healthy recipes can be swapped for almost anything, with sugar free cocktails, pasta alternatives and, yes, even low carb snacks available that’ll cover all of your cravings!
You’ll be tempted to eat this low carb cereal by the bowl-full!
Let’s dive in!
Absolute perfection in the form of granola that’s free of grains and low in carbs, plus:
- You can count the ingredients on one hand – that’s right, FIVE!
- In under half an hour, you have crispy, crunchy, nutty granola!
- The crunch and flavors you crave from granola without any of the carbs!
This creative recipe uses chopped nuts in place of the oats to give that same texture and crunch without the carbs. It’s also ridiculously easy!
These ingredients are basic, but totally transformed when coated in egg white and baked to crunchy perfection!
Nuts – I used a combo of peanuts + walnuts, which you can swap for nuts of your choice. Here’s why I love them:
- Peanuts – while called “nuts” these are actually a legume, more similar to a black bean than a walnut. They are packed with protein and healthy fat, and lots of vitamins and minerals.
- Walnuts – These are ACTUALLY nuts! Mostly fat with a good share of protein, these nuts are loaded with Omega 3’s and are amazing for heart and brain health.
Erythritol – Forget sugar – this amazing dupe can stand in for sugar in almost any situation, without the calories or carbs. It’s plant-derived, has no effect on metabolism and is a perfect 1-to-1 match.
Feel free to swap with your granular sweetener of choice!
Peanut Flour – You can also use peanut butter powder if that’s what you have — I prefer peanut flour as it’s lower in carbs and WAY higher in protein! (protein count varies from product to product).
My favorite peanut flour is Protein Plus (easiest to find on Amazon).
If you decide to use a protein powder, (such as PB2) you may want to add less sweetener, as these products are sweetened.
Not feeling the peanut butter flavor? You can skip this peanut flour/powder, just use 1 egg white instead.
Tools To Make
Granola may be basic, but that’s a good thing when it comes to the tools you’ll need!
- Food processor – You’re going to use a food processor to pulse your nuts down to “oatmeal flake” size. You can also use a high-speed blender. Just make sure you don’t pulverize these nuts all the way to powder, you want a bit of crunch.
- Rimmed baking sheet – Instead of a cookie sheet, use a rimmed sheet that’ll keep all your nutty goodness bits and pieces contained while it bakes and hardens.
After baking, store this grain-free granola in an airtight container to keep it from getting stale or soft. Keep it on the counter or in the fridge for low carb snacks on the go!
Can You Freeze This?
Freezing this grain free granola recipe will allow it to keep longer by keeping the fats in the oils fresh. Freeze granola in small, full, airtight bags. Thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator.
This will cut down on your granola’s “crunchiness”!
Meal Prepping Tips
It can be hard to find quick meals for a healthy breakfast or healthy snacks that lives up to your meal plan standards while tasting good, and being quick and easy.
This grain free granola recipe is the solution! It makes an amazing low carb breakfast when paired with low carb yogurt or milk.
You can take this granola on the go with this nifty hack, pairing a fruit cup container with a mason jar! No more soggy granola, no more unhealthy vending machine snacks!
This grain free granola recipe is a great starting place for a number of variations. Read on for some healthy recipes tips.
Is This Recipe Low Carb?
YUP – a serving of this delicious, nut-based, grain free granola recipe only has 5 carbs! I have a couple of variations of grain free granola, such as this yummy low carb granola, or this craving-crunching low carb cereal.
Can I Turn This Recipe Into Cereal Puffs?
Aren’t puffs the very best kind of cereal?? I love the crispy, crunchiness and yummy flavors. This mixture isn’t the best kind for turning into cereal, but these low carb cocoa puffs are sure to satisfy and please your palette!
Can I Add Chocolate?
Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven! Add in some low carb chocolate chips to give a delicious chocolatey spin to this grain free granola recipe.
OR! Add some cocoa powder along with the peanut butter flour (check out my low carb chocolate granola for ratios).
You could also wait until after its baked and drizzle this granola with different kinds of melted chocolate to add another texture.
Can I Turn This Into A Hot Breakfast?
You can definitely eat this yummy grain free granola recipe in warm milk for a satisfying hot breakfast. Or if you want something creamier, try this filling low carb oatmeal.
Grain Free GranolaPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- Preheat oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the nuts to a food processor. “Pulse” 5-10 times using 1-second intervals. The number of times you pulse the nuts will depend on how small you'd like your “grains”. I usually go with 8 times, any smaller and the grains become too small.
- Transfer nuts to a large bowl.
- Add erythritol and peanut flour and stir to coat.
- Add egg whites and stir until the powder forms a paste coating the nuts.
- Spread onto the prepared baking sheet in a thin and even layer.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for 7 more minutes.
- Once granola has finished baking and is cool enough to handle, break the larger pieces into small (granola sized) clusters.NOTE: The granola in the center of the pan will be less crispy -- I like bake that a bit longer (about 4 minutes), after removing the super crisp grains.
- Serve with milk or yogurt, and enjoy!
- Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Low Carb Granola Bars
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Low Carb Breakfast Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Smoothie
This grain free granola recipe is an amazing low carb version of the snack time and breakfast favorite!
Let me know in the comments your favorite way to eat granola, whether it is straight out of the bag or as a delicious, crunchy topping!