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Paleo Coconut Granola

Granola is the perfect snack to keep around when you’re in need of a little protein and fat! This paleo coconut granola is sweet and crunchy, but still grain-free and even vegan!

Paleo Coconut Granola

This paleo coconut granola is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free! It uses coconut and assorted nuts/seeds, but you can adapt it to make it nut-free if you so desire!

Eggs are common binders in Paleo granola, and they help form those yummy, crunchy chunks that are everyone’s favorite — come on, you know the chunks are the best part. Unfortunately, some people don’t eat eggs! (Hi, vegan & allergic-to-egg friends!) I wanted everyone to be able to eat this granola, so I made it egg-free with the help of my lovely friend the flax egg.

Flax “eggs” are made with a combination of ground flax and water. The flax-water mixture is chilled until it achieves the consistency of slime! Sounds appetizing, right? It’s actually a great egg replacement in vegan baking, and it acts as the perfect binder in this granola. Plus, flax contains LOTS of good stuff like Omega-3s and fiber and whatnot to help you stay healthy and fit. DOUBLE WHAMMY!

Paleo Coconut Granola

Can we just take a moment to appreciate all the good stuff in this paleo coconut granola? I mean, it’s crazy delicious and full of vitamins, good fats, fiber, and even some protein! It’s chock-full of goodness, so it’s definitely okay to eat twelve cups, right? . . . Sure.

We ate this granola in three days. That’s right, people. THREE DAYS.

I guess that means it’s good.

Paleo Coconut Granola

This paleo coconut granola is slightly addictive, and it’s easy to eat half the batch in one sitting! You might not believe me now, but you’ll understand once you pull a batch of this out of the oven. To prevent yourself from eating all of it, I’d suggest either a.) hiding it from yourself and your family or b.) sharing with your family. I know, I know, Option B stinks because it means less for you, but you’ll thank me in the long run.

Paleo Coconut Granola

As if you needed more reasons to like this granola, here are some ways you can make it your own!

  1. Soak your nuts and seeds. Soaking nuts and seeds may help to alleviate the digestive issues associated with them. It is thought that the soaking process removes some of the troublesome compounds in nuts and seeds, and these troublesome compounds cause stomach discomfort and other digestive issues.
  2. Use different fruits. I used apples, but you could definitely try adding other fruits like dates, mangoes, blueberries, or even lemon peel!
  3. Make it nut-free. The only nuts I used in my recipe were walnuts, but you can try increasing the amount of seeds and coconut if you’re allergic to nuts. You can also add different seeds. Play with it!
  4. Use other nuts. If you have almonds and macadamia nuts instead of walnuts or sunflower seeds, substitute them! Just make sure you keep the measurements the same.
  5. Spice it up. The only spice I used was cinnamon, but you can add any spices you want! You could make a taco-flavored granola if that’s what you’re craving. (Although I wouldn’t recommend it. That sounds kinda nasty.)

Paleo Coconut Granola

Are you drooling yet? Or course you are — Let’s make this!

 

 

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Paleo Coconut Granola
A sweet, nutty granola with lots of coconut and hints of chewy apple.
Paleo Coconut Granola
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Paleo Coconut Granola
Instructions
  1. Mix flax and water in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to gel up and form a flax "egg."
  2. Peel and shred the apple. Chop the peel finely, and microwave the apple shreds for 1 minute on high. Drain.
  3. Combine maple syrup and coconut oil in a large bowl.* Add flax egg and stir.
  4. Add coconut, walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, apple peel, and apple shreds to the bowl. Toss to combine thoroughly.
  5. Add salt and cinnamon to the bowl and stir.
  6. Bake on a lined baking sheet for 30 minutes, stir, and bake for another 15 minutes.** Once the granola is properly browned, remove it from the hot baking sheet and cool.***
Recipe Notes

*Use room-temperature maple syrup to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying.

** The granola takes an unusually long time to cook because of the extra water in the apple. However, yours may take less time depending on what coconut you use; I only had sweetened coconut in the house (not Paleo!), and I had to rinse it. Coconut chips may be used instead of shreds, but cooking time will vary.

If the granola is left on the hot baking sheet, it will continue to brown (even after it is taken out of the oven).

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