Grain Free Granola (Nutola)

by Sarah Breakfast, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Snacks and TreatsComments: 48

One of the more popular articles on this blog is No Granola is Good Granola which outlines why granola or muesli made with rolled oats or other grains is not only very indigestible but potentially harming your long term gut health – possibly even contributing to autoimmune disease like allergies or worse.  Even homemade granola made with soaked or sprouted oats is not a very digestible choice at all which initially can come as a shock to granola lovers who thought it was a healthfood.

I don’t like to point out problems without also providing a solution if possible.  For you granola fans out there, here is a grain free granola recipe from San Diego Weston A. Price Chapter Leader Kim Schuette and founder of BioDynamic Wellness and that should satisfy that hankering for a bowl of granola without compromising your digestive function.

grain free granola (nutola)

grain free granolaMakes about 1 gallon


3 cups raw almonds
3 cups raw walnuts
3 cups cashews
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut oil (where to find)
1/4 cup raw honey (where to find)
2 cups raisins or chopped dates
1 cup shredded coconut (where to find)
1 Tbl vanilla (where to find)
1 Tbl cinnamon (where to find)
1 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt (where to find)


Soak and dehydrate nuts and pumpkin seeds (click here for a short video lesson on how to do this which greatly improves digestibility and nutritional absorption).

*If you don’t have the time or inclination to soak and dehydrate raw nuts and seeds yourself, please click here for suppliers of raw nuts and seeds that have already been soaked and dehydrated for you.

Chop nuts.  It is easier to chop the different nuts if they are not mixed together.

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

Add raisins and shredded coconut. Store your grain free granola in an airtight container. Best refrigerated.

Serve grain free granola with raw milk or cream and add some berries if desired.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (48)

  • Rachel

    Thanks sarah for coming up with a great tasting recipe. Great alternative to store bought cereals plus great on the go snack or even in yogurt. Made it todsy and it turned out delicious!
    A few things I changed up a bit tho was firstly I put the nuts in a big bowl and used my fermenting wood stick to crush them up..this worked great and it wasn’t as messy as using a knife. Secondly I used a pumpkin mixture over plain cinnamon and it tastes heavenly.

    July 19th, 2015 10:56 pm Reply
  • Theresa Woods-marshall via Facebook

    Question: every time I see ” healthy” grain free granola recipes. I say yay nuts.. Wait shouldn’t they be soaked first for digest ability?

    October 15th, 2014 9:13 am Reply
  • Karen Bales via Facebook

    This is my favorite!

    October 14th, 2014 10:05 pm Reply
  • Kelly Hughes via Facebook

    I make a grain free granola for my 7 year old daughter who is on GAPS for Candida and sibo. Similar recipe but I add lemon juice and zest. It makes a huge difference and really complements. I highly suggest.

    October 14th, 2014 3:37 pm Reply
  • Michael Jacobs

    This sounds like it would be delicious just eating it by itself! I’ll probably be adding this to my yogurt in the morning from now on. Could probably make it once a week or so.

    March 7th, 2014 9:11 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    I understand the desire to find a healthy alternative to granola but I don’t believe this is it. Even with the soaking and dehydrating which minimizes the phytic acid, there is still all that roughage which is tearing through your GI tract. I don’t have allergies to nuts but even a small well-prepared handful can give me a stomach ache. And Gavin above is correct in questioning this because almonds (1100-1400 mg 1/2 cup) most of the time have more phytic acid than oats (1100 mg 1/2 cup). And that doesn’t even take into the amounts of walnuts, cashews, pumpkin, etc.

    March 2nd, 2014 9:11 pm Reply
  • Gavin

    I’m a little confused on why raw granola from sprouted oats is indigestible, but kibbeh or essene bread made from ground sprouted wheat is ok… (according to NT)

    February 28th, 2014 8:42 pm Reply
  • AIDA

    I’ve tried to use my oven to dry almonds, but my oven only goes down to 170F and it cannot be changed to less than that. I was just on the phone with Whirpool, the only thing I can do is adjust the calibration to -30F but that really doesn’t change the set 170F temperature, what it does (so they told me on the phone) is that it bakes it more slowly (?).
    Will it be ok to dry almonds at 170F though?. What other alternatives do I have?, I don’t have a dehydrator.
    Thanks in advance for your answers!.
    I’d really want to introduce almond flour in my baking and pizza recipes!.

    February 27th, 2014 5:24 pm Reply
    • pd

      If you are planning on cooking or baking with the almonds, drying them at 170F is fine. If you want all the “raw” benefits of the sprouted almonds and will not be heating them above 115F, you’ll probably want to invest in or build a dehydrator. There are plans on the internet for creating solar or lightbulb dehydrators. Another option is to dry them in the oven, with the oven off but with the oven light on. It will probably be around 95-110F in that situation, which is ideal for drying sprouted nuts. It will take quite a while (several days) to do so with the oven light method, so placing a small electric fan inside the oven with the nuts will help speed things along. Building some screens will help them dry more evenly and reduce the chance of mold forming. Take a large wooden picture frame without the glass and staple window screening from the hardware store to the frame…wallah…you have a large drying frame!

      February 27th, 2014 6:34 pm Reply
  • pd

    The “Food for Life” company, the one who make the Ezekial 4:9 bread also has a line of sprouted granola cereals, which are very tasty as well. They don’t contain any oats, sprouted or otherwise, but do contain sprouted organic soybeans in case you don’t do any soy at all. Personally, I am okay with fermented (miso, tempeh) or sprouted soy as long as the soy is organic.

    February 26th, 2014 8:17 pm Reply
  • Fatima

    Please tell me, how can I turn these into bars?? So they can be taken on the go. Thanks!

    February 26th, 2014 1:19 pm Reply
  • Jacob Edward

    Delicious recipes. I am gonna try this at home. Here are one more granola bar recipe.

    February 26th, 2014 4:51 am Reply
  • propolis

    this is great recipe. thanks
    propolis benefits

    February 25th, 2014 8:15 am Reply
  • Nataliya

    HI! I am looking for something sweet to pack with my son`s lunch for school. Is it bar or not? It will be wet at the end? Do you have a picture of this Nutola when it actually prepared and ready to eat? Thanks! Sarah for your blog! Love it!

    August 3rd, 2013 5:16 pm Reply
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  • Kristy

    What is the process for soaking and dehydrating Pumpkin Seeds?

    February 28th, 2013 8:23 pm Reply
  • Bambi

    Can you explain why it’s ok to eat oatmeal (rolled oats), soaked and cooked, but it’s not a good digestable option to have it in granola?

    February 22nd, 2013 9:54 am Reply
  • rachel

    Beautiful recipe! We gave some away as a Christmas gift this year. It was well received. :)

    January 23rd, 2013 10:50 am Reply
  • Amy

    Where do you buy your raw nuts? I find them to be very expensive at health food stores. Is there a reasonable Internet option?

    January 23rd, 2013 8:03 am Reply
  • Trillium Canada Goose

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    December 2nd, 2012 1:20 pm Reply
  • Megan

    Well, unfortunately my husband’s review was that it was edible except for he had to spend the entire time eating it having to pick out the pumpkin seeds. I guess soaking them in salt water and dehydrating them wasn’t enough. Maybe the recipe should specify that you need to buy roasted ones? What kind did other people use? I just used ones that came out of our carved pumpkin.

    October 31st, 2012 8:55 am Reply
  • Megan

    I made a half batch of this but substituted the honey with maple syrup because my husband is allergic to honey (or whatever pollen the bees used). I will have to find a recipe for soaking oatmeal so that I can continue to eat that for breakfast, but am hoping that my husband likes this (he will not eat mushy oatmeal cereal). It was crazy expensive to buy all of these nuts organic. I added the pumpkin seeds in with the nuts (the recipe doesn’t mention what to do with the seeds). I just used seeds from the pumpkin my husband carved. Also, off topic, but I’ll have to search your site–do you know anything about low iron and 15 month olds? The doctor just prescribed iron for my daughter. Also, her lead level is 4 so I’m worried (we live in an old house). Just thought I’d write that since I’m worried, even though this might not be the right place.

    October 30th, 2012 2:58 pm Reply
  • Ruby

    Enjoying a small bowl of this nutola for my night time snack.,very tasty. Hoping my kids will find it tasty tomorrow for breakfast! Thank you!

    October 21st, 2012 10:28 pm Reply
  • lara

    Hi Sarah

    After reading your article last time and not eating gluten I made your spelt cereal on oats and buckwheat. I basically did the same thing with oat, rice and buckwheat flour. Also I made up the same coffee cake with soaked overnight rolled oats, sultanas, nuts etc and crumbled it and dried it out. I ended up with a great granola that was soaked and cooked properly.

    I cant wait to try this nut one.

    take care

    October 21st, 2012 6:09 am Reply
  • Brenda Weston via Facebook

    I’ve been wanting a recipe like this……….thank you.

    October 20th, 2012 7:21 pm Reply
  • Carol Wright

    One problem for us… my son is allergic to coconut. What can we substitute?

    October 20th, 2012 5:26 pm Reply
    • shaniqua

      Maybe palm shortening or cocobutter? It’s possible to find food grade CB on ebay but it is not cheap :-)

      October 21st, 2012 7:32 pm Reply
  • Fiona Hackman via Facebook

    Is that 1 tablespoon of vanilla and in what format, essence, extract or seeds scraped from the pod?

    October 20th, 2012 2:33 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Don’t get me wrong … I love my oatmeal. Just not as granola as it is not cooked thoroughly enough to be digestible. Toasting briefly in the oven is not a sufficient final step for cooking grains. Soaked and thoroughly cooked oatmeal on the stovetop is fine.

    October 20th, 2012 2:24 pm Reply
  • pd

    Thanks for this recipe! I will try it and add some sprouted grains such as buckwheat and/or buckwheat. I have found a sprouted “granola” at our local whole foods store and I really like it, plus is doesn’t sit in my stomach like a brick like regular granola does.

    October 20th, 2012 2:16 pm Reply
  • Gluten Free Dairy Free Recipes with Lisa via Facebook

    We love no-oat granola!

    October 20th, 2012 2:00 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    @Rebecca, Yes, I am most definitely on Pinterest and all my recipes get pinned if you want to see them all together on one board:

    October 20th, 2012 1:51 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    You will find this nutola much more filling than granola too. When a food is indigestible you just eat it and eat it, feel full and then are hungry again a short time later.

    October 20th, 2012 1:40 pm Reply
  • Kenny

    I made something similar to this the month that I did the paleo diet.

    I used coconut milk (made it myself) and no honey….basically just crushed nuts.
    YUM. A great break from the omelettes I was eating every. single. day.

    October 20th, 2012 1:36 pm Reply
  • Julie Gerasimenko via Facebook

    Yum i want to make this!!!

    October 20th, 2012 12:54 pm Reply
  • Laurie

    I was wondering if having a bowl of soaked oatmeal is different from using soaked oatmeal in a granola recipe. Although I have never seen a recipe for it.
    Thanks for this recipe. Looking forward to trying it.

    October 20th, 2012 12:50 pm Reply
  • Kat

    Oh thank you. I haven’t had granola for so long. This may be my granola fix :)

    October 20th, 2012 12:32 pm Reply
  • Agi

    I do miss a bowl of granola every once in awhile, will be making this now. Thanks for the recipe and all your healthy tips!

    October 20th, 2012 11:35 am Reply
  • Andrea

    I discovered this summer that if I put enough cinnamon in my yogurt it tastes like granola. :)

    October 20th, 2012 11:31 am Reply
  • Adela Ramirez de Castro via Facebook

    thank’s for this i got another idea.

    October 20th, 2012 11:21 am Reply
  • Angie Fortin Wangari via Facebook

    Yeah, she’s on pinterest.

    October 20th, 2012 11:21 am Reply
  • Kerri

    Thank you for this recipe!!! I can’t wait to try it out!! I’ve thought about just going ahead and making my old granola recipes a thousand times, luckily I never gave in. Your timing is perfect.

    October 20th, 2012 11:11 am Reply
  • Annemarie Vinci Chagnon via Facebook

    love this. thank you.

    October 20th, 2012 11:10 am Reply
  • Teresa

    Do you eat this wet and not bake it slow or dehydrate til crunchy?

    October 20th, 2012 11:09 am Reply
    • Laurie

      I would imagine that the honey and coconut oil would cause it to harden up a little as it cools. I am going to give this a try after I am done the Gaps Intro.

      October 20th, 2012 12:47 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Eichenberger via Facebook

    I love your recipes! Are you on Pinterest? If not, you really should add that option on your blog.

    October 20th, 2012 11:07 am Reply

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