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July 19, 2016

by Alyssa

Grain-Free Coconut Granola

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This grain-free coconut granola is the ultimate breakfast treat! It's crunchy, sweet and made with all-natural, healthy ingredients. Paleo + vegan too!

This delicious Coconut Granola is not only vegan, but it's also grain-free AND paleo!

Granola is one of those things that I could eat pretty much any time of day. It's easy to take on the go, stores well and is totally customizable to whatever ingredients you like best. My go-to is usually my vegan coconut oil granola, but I tend to not discriminate when it comes to granola.

Nearly 99% of the time, granola recipes start with a base of oats and then build from there. They provide a nice texture and are fairly bland in the taste department so they're not overpowering when you start to add in your ingredients. But for some, oats can be hard to digest and can cause some discomfort.

So I created a simple recipe that not only doesn't have oats, it doesn't have any grains at all! This grain-free coconut granola is crunchy, sweet, and toasted to perfection.

In place of the oats, base for the granola is flaked coconut, which gives us that same flakey texture. Then we add in the rest of our ingredients: chopped almonds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed meal, a few spices and dates.

How to make perfect grain-free granola!

And guess where you can get almost all the ingredients for this tasty grain-free granola? From my friends at Bob's Red Mill!

By now you know how much I adore this company, so I'm really excited to be partnering with them today on this recipe. They have hundreds of products to choose from which is perfect for any granola-lover out there.

Because granola can be made a bajillion different ways, you can just cruise through the different sections of their products (especially the seeds section!) and choose what ingredients sound best to you. Not feeling almonds? What about sunflower seeds! No flax? Substitute their hemp protein powder. Seriously the options are endless!

How to make perfect grain-free granola!

To sweeten this granola, I kept it true to my roots and stuck with pure Vermont maple syrup.

This is by far my favorite sweetener, not just for taste and flavor, but also because it brings a gorgeous caramel color and can often be found produced by small, local farms.

How to make perfect grain-free granola!

Once you've got everything mixed together, you just pop this into the oven for about 30 minutes and out comes a crispy, toasted batch of perfect grain-free granola.

This grain-free coconut granola is the PERFECT recipe for those avoiding oats or living on the paleo diet!

This grain-free coconut granola is the PERFECT recipe for those avoiding oats or living on the paleo diet!

One of my favorite features of this granola is definitely the pieces of dates. I'm a sucker for medjool dates and I love how they get after they've been baked: crispy on the outside, but still a little soft and chewy on the side.

And when you get a piece in your yogurt, it's like you've hit the jackpot.

The PERFECT grain-free granola >> with coconut, almonds and chewy medjool dates!

But there's also a ton of healthy ingredients tucked inside this granola. We've got…

healthy fats from the coconut, almonds and seeds
omega-3s from the flaxseed meal
plant-based protein from the hemp seeds
iron from the dates
trace minerals from the sea salt
and tons of vitamins!

I'd have to say this might just be the ultimate adding to your morning routine!

This simple grain-free coconut granola is made with healthy ingredients, sweetened naturally and tastes amazing!

So whether you like to enjoy granola on its own, on top of granola (or a smoothie bowl), as a pre- or post-workout snack or even an after-dinner sweet treat, this grain-free coconut granola is a must-try. You're going to love the textures and flavors, and I promise, you'll never miss the oats!

Your turn…

What are you favorite granola add-ins? Let me know in the comments section and I'll add them to my next batch! And if you end up making this recipe, don't forget to share a picture and tag @simplyquinoa or use #simplyquinoa so I can find your picture and give it some love!

xo Alyssa

The ULTIMATE grain-free granola! With coconut, almonds, three types of seeds and sweetened naturally from maple syrup and dates!


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Grain-Free Coconut Granola

This grain-free coconut granola is the ultimate breakfast treat! It's crunchy, sweet and made with all natural, healthy ingredients. Paleo + vegan too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 172kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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The PERFECT grain-free granola >> with coconut, almonds and chewy medjool dates!
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  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add 1 cup coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax, spices and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Remove the pits from the dates and cut them into small pieces. Add them to the bowl, and using your hands, distribute the dates throughout the mixture. You want to separate all the large chunks so only the small pieces remain.
  • Melt the coconut oil and syrup together in a small saucepan (or in the microwave). Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Transfer this mixture to the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 so as not to burn the granola.
  • Allow the granola to cool completely, then stir in the remaining 1/2 cup coconut flakes and hemp seeds.
  • Store in an airtight container (preferably glass) in a cool dark place or in the refrigerator.



Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.2mg

This post was sponsored by my friends at Bob's Red Mill, but all opinions about the products are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support Simply Quinoa!


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  1. Just made it. I added allspice and ginger, just a pinch. When it cools completely, I’m going to add Maca powder. Thx!

  2. this is so yummy! is it 92 calories for the whole batch? Or per serving? And if it’s per serving how much is a serving? I put about a table spoon on top of my parfaits in the morning and would love to know how many calories that adds.


  3. hello!
    Amazing recipe, thank you! Ill be making it again and again….
    I’m confused about the nutritional fact chart, or charts. The serving size for example is that 16oz? Which of the two should i follow?

  4. So glad I came across this. What can I substitute the pumpkin seeds with? Do you think macadamia nuts would be ok? FYI I also applied to your YT video and wasn’t sure if you would reply back quicker here 🙂

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  6. I never used vanilla powder and not sure where to buy it? Do you know and is it okay to just add vanilla extract or just omit it from the recipe?

  7. What can I substitute for the vanilla powder? Only ingredient I don’t have and would love to make it tonight.

  8. YUM, Paleos and vegans can enjoy this granola alike! This looks so delicious! The video also demonstrated the whole procedure so beautifully!

    • It’s in the bottom of the post 🙂 If you’re on mobile, click “Read More” and it will take you there!

  9. Can I replace the maple syrup with something else?
    Maple strup and I dont get along! Maybe agave or honey?

  10. I’m in love with this recipe! I did not have any vanilla powder so instead I used half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. It gives a nutty vanilla flavor! Also, instead of pure maple syrup, I used Trader Joe’s maple agave syrup. It’s a little cheaper too! ;P Anyways, I cannot wait to this granola with my friends and family! Looking forward to making more yummy foods! 😀


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