Seriously guys, I LOVE grain free granola!!!
I do not understand why you’d waste a single carb or grain on the other stuff! Grain free granola is made from the tastiest low carb foods mother nature has to offer: low carb nuts. Grind ‘em up, add your favorite sweetener, mix in some other tasty stuff, and you’ll never look back!
So grab your food processor and let’s do this grain free granola thing!
How to Make Grain Free Granola
Grain free granola is so easy to throw together!
It’s a great mix to throw together at the beginning of the week and stash in the fridge for low carb breakfasts and snacks– check out my topping and serving recs below! Here’s how to make grain free granola:
1. Toss nuts in a food processor.
The number of times you do this will depend on the nuts you’re using to make grain free granola. For softer nuts (think walnuts, cashews and pecans) you’ll want to pulse no more than 5 times. For harder nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts), I prefer 10+ good pulses.
Pause the food processor and clean the sides to incorporate the grain free granola nuts together until they’ve reached the size you’d like them to be.
2. Mix nuts in a bowl with sweetener, peanut flour and eggs.
If you aren’t familiar with peanut flour, let me introduce your new favorite choice of low carb flours. Unlike other gluten free flours, peanut flour is PACKED with protein, as it’s been defatted during processing.
It has a pretty strong peanut taste, which cranks up the flavor in our peanut butter grain free granola!
3. Bake your granola.
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Lay your granola in a thin and even layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and toss it in the oven — rotating the pan halfway through.
The outer edges will crisp more quickly — if you’d like all your grain free granola to have an equal crisp, remove the outer edges of your granola from the pan and bake the clusters in the center a little longer.
Best Gluten Free Granola Recipe Toppings
TBH, this gluten free granola is so tasty, I don’t go crazy on the toppings. But, if you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few ideas:
- Low carb fruits — I’ll often top with berries such as sliced strawberries or raspberries (these are my favorite keto fruits).
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- Sweetener — if you aren’t on a low carb meal plan, honey is a popular grain free granola topping. If you’re a low carber, add sweetener to the granola before baking it.
- Sugar free chocolate chips — YOLO!
Low Carb Granola Serving Suggestions
Believe it or not, I try to find ways NOT to eat this low carb granola! It’s SO good, it’s all I want to eat for my low carb meals! Here are a few of my family’s faves:
- Over low carb Greek yogurt. Word of warning, not all products labeled “Greek yogurt” are low carb (or Greek yogurt for that matter!) Read the label before you buy your products. I stick to Fage, or Trader Joe’s brand — both are extremely high in protein and pretty low in carbs.
- With low carb milks. Looking for low carb breakfast ideas that take no time to prep? Add your grain free granola to a bowl, pour some milk on top and viola! Breakfast is served.
- Make a savory version. If you skip the sweetener, this granola can be turned into a super delicious and savory topping for your low carb salads, low carb casseroles or low carb soups!
Keto Granola Variations
It’s easy to get creative with this keto granola recipe, as there are so many nuts, freeze-dried fruits and tasty add ins you can incorporate!
Feel free to use whatever nuts you’re craving to make this grain free granola. You can also swap the peanut flour for cocoa powder if you’d like a chocolaty version.
You may also consider some of these ingredient below to make this grain free granola a better fit with your eating plan:
Making a Paleo Granola
If you’re on a paleo eating plan, you know peanuts aren’t on the menu (sorry guys!).
Luckily this is easy to replace for a tasty paleo granola — swap peanuts with another nut of your choice, and skip the peanut flour, or swap it for cocoa powder or almond flour.
You might also want to replace the erythritol with paleo foods such as coconut sugar (don’t use a liquid sweetener for this grain free granola). Pst, coconut sugar is not for us low carb-ers!
Making a Sugar Free Granola
I used erythritol to make this sugar free granola.
You can replace this with your regular or keto sweetener of choice, just don’t use a liquid sweetener, as we don’t want to add additional liquids to this recipe.
Making Low Carb Granola Bars
Alternatively, you can make low carb granola bars with the recipe by baking the grain free granola bars in a casserole dish and slicing them up. Great for quick low carb breakfasts or paleo breakfasts in a hurry.
Grain Free Granola Brands To Buy
Since I live on a low carb eating plan, I was pretty disappointed in the selection of grain free granola Costco and other stores sell (such as grain free granola Autumn’s Gold, Nature’s Path grain free granola and grain free granola Purely Elizabeth).
They’re all LOADED with sugar, which isn’t how I’d like to start my day! For this reason, I stick to this gluten free granola recipe.
Peanut Butter Grain Free Granola Recipe
Are you guys ready to make some peanut butter grain free granola??
Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments below! Hope it adds some sunshine to your day. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Grain Free Granola
- Preheat oven to 375 F and prepare the rack on the lower 3rd of the oven.
- Add the nuts to a food processor. “Pulse” 5-10 times for 1 second intervals. The number of times you pulse the nuts will depend on how small you would like your “grains”. I usually go with 8 times, any smaller and the grains become more powder like (not as delicious!)
- Move nuts to a large bowl.
- Add erythritol and peanut flour and stir to coat the nuts.
- Pour egg white over the nuts and stir until the peanut flour creates a paste and is not longer a powder.
- Spread in a thin and even layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for 7 more minutes.
- Remove baking sheet and allow the granola to cool, then break them into clusters with your hands. If you find the center isn’t as crisp as you’d like, simply place the broken piece back in the oven for 4 minutes at a time.
- Serve with low carb milk or low carb granola and enjoy!
- This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of granola. A serving size is roughly 1/3 cup. (this will vary depending on how finely you chop the nuts -- for most accurate nutritional info, divide the amount you make into 12 servings).