Recipe Friday – Grain Free Granola (a.k.a Nutola!)

Grain Free Granola (Nutola)
(Image bt TSL)

Despite the fact that this wee blog has a focus on my personal love affair with design-oriented, creative, haberdashery pursuits; I also spend quite a lot of time reading about, creating and eating good food. It is also true that my recipe posts seem to get more hits than almost any other  – with the exception of my last-minute decision to post about Rupert Grint being Ed Sheeran’s doppelgänger, which subsequently turned into my top rated post of all time! Who knew?

Anyhoo – this post is a recipe post. It is for a seriously yummy, not to mention healthy, grain free granola that I first discovered on The Healthy Home Economist. I have tweaked it the tiniest bit to suit my tastes, but I promise you IT IS SO GOOD!

The other great thing about this recipe is that it is a doddle to make, especially compared to making a proper traditional granola, which has to be cooked and stirred often to ensure perfect golden goodness. I’m considered the tiniest bit of a Granola aficionado in this neck of the woods – I have two friends who expect my Christmas Granola every year. This is very definitely the healthier alternative.

I’m now on my third batch of this ‘Nutola’ and it is fast becoming a staple. To date, my favourite option is to have it with berries and a little coconut milk, but the teenager swears by banana and mango yoghurt with his…

So, here it is Grain Free Granola (Nutola)…

Grain Free Granola (Nutola)
(Image bt TSL)

Recipe makes generous gallon (which is just over 3 1/2 litres for us metric users)


3 cups raw almonds
3 cups raw walnuts
3 cups cashews
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/Ž4 to 1/Ž2 cup coconut oil 
1/Ž4 cup raw honey
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup shredded coconut 
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/Ž2 tsp Celtic sea salt 


1. Chop nuts and place in a large bowl.  It is easiest to chop the different nuts if they are not mixed together. Much to my Mum’s astonishment, I did this by hand the first time. I have since followed her advice to use the magimix. MUCH faster!

2. Mix nuts. Then, combine coconut oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in saucepan over low heat until fully mixed. Pour this over nuts and mix well.

3. Add dates and shredded coconut. Store in an airtight container and pop into the fridge.

Oh – and just one more thing – because nuts are the primary ingredient, you don’t need a lot to fill you up.

Thanks to Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist!

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Comments (27)

On a wheat free diet at the moment so this is perfect timing!

Oh, this is a great breakfast option when you are wheat free, BCD. Especially when you are sick of wheat free bread options, which are never as good as a good sourdough…

hmmm, my kind of food Syders! Looks and sounds delish 🙂 Send me some? 😉

Sure! It might even get there for Christmas…

don’t tempt me to take your comment seriously 😉 postage is pricey!

How about I make some for you when you next come home, then?

you’re on Syders! thanks 🙂 (unless you wanna send some with my sis who is visiting me in february!!!!)

A “doddle” to make? I must start using this word!

It’s a great word, isn’t it? It’s up there with ‘squizz’!

Recently read a book by a sailor who advocates a diet heavy on nuts – easy to keep, healthy, tasty, full of energy. This recipe sounds really good. We even have a nice squash for the pumpkin seeds!

You crack me up – homemade (dried) pumpkin seeds…

That sailor would get along famously with my lovely Mum. She’s a massive advocate of nuts.

Funny, isn’t it, the most popular posts. They are not the ones I’d expect.

As for granola, we may need to get a competition going here:-)

Woohoo! – How would we judge it, J?

I reckon you are a far superior cook to me, so I would definitely require a handicap!!! 🙂

Mmmm…I think it would be yum with vanilla yoghurt and berries, possibly even with a little dark chocolate as well 🙂

Oooh – DECADENT healthy granola!

…easy-peasy to make, B (and seriously yummy)

Granola with coconut.. is SO GOOD.. granola alone is so good.. I used to eat heaps until i took a look at the calorie chart :X

Well 50, this one is still high calorie but low carb…

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