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Cinnamon Crunch Oat-Free Granola

This Cinnamon Crunch Oat-Free Granola is sweet, spiced, and loaded with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. It’s the perfect oat-free alternative to traditional granola. Perfect as a hearty grain-free breakfast, snack, and dessert topping. 

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This tasty low-carb honey nut granola is a delicious alternative to traditional granola made with oats and whole grains. To cut back on the carbs, it’s made with a delightful blend of raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. A handful of this granola is the perfect low-carb snack to hold you over until your next meal.

Or make this nut and seed granola a meal in itself. This is a nutritious and hearty breakfast with milk and sliced fresh fruit. This granola is the best, whether you’re watching your carb intake, following a whole foods diet, or want a satisfying, healthy snack! For more traditional granola recipes, check out my favorite vanilla almond granola or stovetop blueberry granola recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s everything you crave from granola with less than half of the carbs.
  • Grain-free, and vegan (if sweetened with maple syrup)
  • The coconut, nuts, and seeds offer satiating fats and protein to keep you feeling full and energized!
  • Great for hiking and camping
  • It’s quick, easy, and delicious!

Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients for low carb granola on a wood board

This recipe yields 6 cups of oat-free granola (24 1/4-cup servings).

  • Coconut: I love adding unsweetened shredded coconut to homemade granola for its naturally sweet taste. It crisps up nicely with the nuts and seeds.
  • The Nuts: Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Pecans, and Almonds: This mixture of delicious nuts is packed with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and healthy fats. You can also use macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, almonds, or cashews. Be sure to use raw nuts!
  • The Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds & Sunflower Seeds: Raw seeds are a fantastic source of vitamin E and are only a few carbs per serving.
  • Cinnamon: You can also add warming spices like nutmeg, ginger, and clove here -or pumpkin pie spice.
  • Almond Meal: This is optional, but it gives the granola a crispier consistency.
  • Coconut Oil: To make crunchy granola, you’ll need healthy fat. Coconut oil is a good oil for granola because it adds fat, moisture and flavor.
  • Vanilla: Use a quality pure vanilla extract.
  • Honey: to sweeten. For a vegan version, use maple syrup. The carbs in honey don’t amount to much per serving, but you can use erythritol or monk fruit to cut more carbs if you like. However, I haven’t tested this recipe with alternative sweeteners.
  • Sea Salt: balances the sweet and warming flavors and makes them even more delicious.
  • Dried Fruit: I used raisins in my granola. You can also use dried currants, cranberries, goji berries, apricots, dried blueberries, etc.
  • Chia Seeds: for some added fiber and omega-3 fatty acids! Flaxseeds are also great here.

How To Make Granola without Oats

Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare pans. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees and line two jelly roll pans with parchment paper. Set aside.

baking sheet pans lined with parchment paper

Step 2: Mix nuts, seeds, and spices. Add the coconut, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, almond meal, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix with a heavy spoon. Set aside.

Step 3: Whisk wet ingredients. Whisk the coconut oil, vanilla extract, honey, and sea salt together in a medium bowl.

Step 4: Mix everything. Then, add the wet mixture to the nut mixture and mix well to coat the nuts, seeds, and fruit.

low carb granola ingredients in a bowl, granola ingredients mixed, honey mixture whisked and all ingredients mixed together.

Step 5: Bake. Spread the granola onto the pans in a thin layer and bake for 30 minutes.

low carb granola spread on sheet pans to bake

Step 6. Finish and store. Let the granola cool completely, then break it into small pieces.

freshly baked low carb granola on a baking sheet

Stir in the chia seeds and dried fruit and store in an airtight container.

low carb granola mixed in a white bowl

Recipes Tips

  • Spreading the granola out in a thin layer will result in loose crispy pieces -perfect for snacks, cereal, and as a dessert topping. Spread the granola out in a thicker layer for a crumblier texture with clusters.
  • Keep an eye on the oven. This granola mixture can be overcooked quickly.
  • Don’t stir the granola more than once during baking for even cooking and the best crisp.

Variations

  • Swap half of the coconut oil with creamy almond butter or your favorite nut butter for a more nutty flavor.
  • To boost protein, mix a scoop of unflavored whey protein (or plant-based protein powder) with a cup of almond milk and pour over the granola as a protein-packed breakfast.
  • Add dark chocolate chips when you stir in the chia seeds and dried fruit.

How To Serve

  • My favorite way to enjoy granola is with almond milk mixed with a scoop of unflavored whey protein as a healthy cereal. It’s a great energy-boost first thing in the morning and before a workout. It’s also amazing on top of plain Greek yogurt!
  • Use it as a low-carb topping for protein powder yogurt, yogurt parfaits, peanut butter mousse, cottage cheese, and smoothie bowls.
low-carb granola on top of greek yogurt in a bowl with a spoon

Storing & Freezing

Storing: The best way to store grain-free granola is in a cool, dark place like a cabinet or pantry. You can keep it in an airtight container, like a Mason jar or cereal container, for up to one week at room temperature.

Freezing: This cinnamon crunch granola is great for batch baking. Let it cool completely and freeze in freezer-safe bags for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and enjoy within 3 to 4 days.

Recipe FAQ

How many carbs are in oat-free low-carb granola?

Per 1/4 cup serving, there are about 12 grams of carbs and 3 grams of dietary fiber, equalling 9 net carbs per serving.

Is oat-free granola gluten-free?

Yes, all of the wholesome ingredients in this recipe are inherently gluten-free but always double-check the labels on packaged ingredients.

Is this granola Whole30 compliant?

This granola is not Whole30 compliant because it’s sweetened with honey.

low carb granola in two mason jars

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a glass jar filled with granola with nuts and raisins around it

Cinnamon Crunch Oat-Free Granola

A delicious recipe for grain-free low-carb granola made with nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, honey, and dried fruit.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Amee

Equipment

  • 2 Sheet Pans
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • Mix together in a large bowl:
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped raw hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup slivered raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup blanched almond meal *optional
  • 2-3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Whisk together:
  • 1/2 cup melted and cooled unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Set aside to add when finished baking:
  • 1/2 cup raisins can also use dried cranberries, currants, or other chopped dried fruit of choice
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  • Line two jellyroll pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Pour coconut oil mixture over mixed nut mixture and stir to thoroughly coat.
  • Spread onto two jelly roll pans in a very thin layer (essential for a good, crunchy texture).
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely, then break up into pieces and stir in chia seeds and dried fruit.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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*This post has been updated on January 6, 2022, from the original post published on January 28, 2013.

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12 Comments

  1. I created this recipe and I haven’t figured the calorie count for it at this time. I know that there are sites online that can do this for you if you plug in the info. Thank you for the feedback! I am glad you all love the recipe. 🙂

  2. Wow. Just made this. My house smells amazing and the flavor is incredible! I attempted the recipe because my husband eats granola every day. As we’re trying to cut out a few more grains and processed stuff I decided to give this a shot. So so good! Way impressed. Thank you!

  3. Andi, that’s awesome! Thank you so much!! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I love the feedback! I have been trying to figure out how to hide this from my husband because when I go to pour myself a bowl, it’s almost gone! He loves it, too.

    1. Amee – my family has been sneaking bites all afternoon. Just needed to say again that it is so good. It will be a staple.

      Do you have a secret place where you get some of these nuts at a good price? It was really the hazelnuts that were the highest. Just wondering. Thanks!

  4. I’m so glad that it’s a big hit Andi! I buy my nuts at the Dekalb International Market in Atlanta. They have great prices on raw nuts. You maybe can find good deals online if you have a hard time getting them in local stores. Vitacost.com and Amazon are good places to look.

  5. I’ve made this three times now and I absolutely love it! Everyone asks me for the recipe. Thanks so much for helping me find a healthier breakfast option 🙂

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this one! Just making my second batch now…. – so so yummy!~ If you haven’t made it, just give it a go! You will be sorry if you don’t!

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