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Healthy Maple-Spiced Coconut Granola (Grain-Free)

This healthy maple-spiced coconut granola is my all-time favorite snack. It’s extremely easy to put together and tastes fantastic. First, it has no refined sugars and is lightly sweetened with maple syrup. It’s also grain-free and dairy-free. Additionally, it is an excellent source of minerals such as manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. Lastly, it’s loaded with healthy fats and fiber, keeping you full for hours.

Healthy Maple Spiced Coconut Granola

10 ways to use this granola

There are so many ways that this granola can make a meal.  

  1. Eaten by itself
  2. Yogurt topper
  3. Paired with fresh fruit
  4. Substitution for cereal
  5. Topping for smoothies
  6. Topping for a baked apple
  7. Streusel topping for fruit crisps
  8. Topping for a baked sweet potato
  9. Baked in a brownie pan and cut into bars for portability
  10. Top sliced apples with nut butter and sprinkle with granola

Why spend the time making your own granola?

The average American consumes 88g of added sugar in a day. That’s equivalent to 22 teaspoons or an extra 350 calories. This average far exceeds the current dietary recommendation for added sugars. Women should keep their consumption of added sugars under 24g/day and men under 36g/day. Consequently, diets high in added sugars have been linked to weight gain, inflammation, anxiety, high blood pressure, and diabetes. 

Granola is typically one of those prepackaged foods that is loaded with added sugars. Some varieties can have as much as 15-20 grams per serving. That’s almost your entire recommended serving of added sugar for the day. I don’t know about you, but I find having only one serving of granola hard. Especially with each serving only being a quarter or a third of a cup.   

Making your own granola allows you to control how much sugar is added, if any at all. This recipe can be modified to be sugar-free. Sometimes I make this healthy maple-spiced coconut granola just a spiced coconut granola and it is just as enjoyable.   

Healthy Maple-Spiced Coconut Granola

This healthy maple-spiced coconut granola is my all-time favorite snack. It’s extremely easy to put together and tastes amazing.  The recipe can be modified to be sugar-free by removing the maple syrup.
Course Snack
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Low Carb, Low Sugar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Author Robin

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds, raw
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, raw
  • 1/3 cup pecans, raw
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds raw or lightly salted
  • 1/4 cup cashews, raw
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 3 tbsp flax seeds, ground
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, virgin melted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Prepare a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place all of the nuts into a food processor and pulse until lightly chopped.
  • Move the nut mixture into a medium sized bowl. Add the coconut flakes, seeds, arrowroot powder, spices and salt. Stir to combine. Next add the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract to the medium bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Spread final mixture out onto the parchment paper and bake for 13-17 minutes. Granola is done once the edges start to brown. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Place the cooled granola into the freezer for at least 2 hours so that the coconut oil has time to harden. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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