Nut free granola makes the perfect protein and fiber rich, allergy friendly breakfast or snack. Add it on top of your favorite yogurt with fresh berries or other fruit and enjoy!

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With nut allergies being so common, I wanted to create a granola that was nut-free because everyone should get to enjoy crispy, crunchy, delicious granola whether they have a food allergy or not! This granola is filled with protein packed seeds like chia, sunflower, pepita and sesame seeds to give that satisfying crunch to your breakfast. 

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We use Nut Free Granola on top of SO many recipes. Acai Bowls,Banana Split Breakfast and Red, White and Blue Parfaits need a good crunchy granola on top. Enjoy it on top of this healthy Nice Cream, eat it by the handful like me or pour some almond milk and get ready to say “yum!” I like to make a big batch of this granola and store it in mason jars to have ready to go. It will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to a month or in your freezer for up to four months.

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A simple honey syrup is made and then tossed with everything from chia seeds to coconut, pepitas, cinnamon and more, creating a scrumptious granola that demands to be served with almond milk or yogurt — although I ended up munching on handfuls of it simply on its own throughout the week. I added some to my kids’ school lunch since it’s a high protein snack treat that’s perfect for nut-free schools.

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If you’re looking for more granola recipes, try my Super Healthy Granola or Chewy Granola BallsCrunchy Granola Bites, and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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There’s nothing better than a delicious granola! Will you be making this nut-free version? Let me know if you do and what you think by tagging me on social media

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Nut Free Granola

Nut free granola makes the perfect protein and fiber rich, allergy friendly breakfast or snack. Add it on top of your favorite yogurt with fresh berries or other fruit and enjoy!
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Servings: 3 cups
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line a rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix the warm water and the chia seeds in a small bowl and place in the refrigerator.
  • Melt the honey in a sauce pan over low/medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the honey is fully liquified and bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut oil and sunflower seed butter.
  • Meanwhile, combine the pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, salt, vanilla and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse for 10-15 seconds or until chopped with small and larger pieces remaining. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the melted honey mixture, coconut, and soaked chia seeds, then thinly spread mixture on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden, rotating the tray half way through. Remove and let cool completely for one hour.
  • Crumble the granola with your hands and stir in raisins or other favorite dried fruit if desired*.
  • Eat as is or place on top of ice cream, greek yogurt or açaí bowls.
  • * optional additions: chocolate chips, carob chips, raisin, dried cherries, blueberries or chopped apricots. 
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. My family kiddos have multiple food allergies – so I have been super motivated to make yummy food for them! And weelicious has been one of the websites that has inspired me to make it fun -, I just tweak it for my family! Thank you

  2. I have just started making granola – I will have to try this recipe. Thank you!! And thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I seriously will have to make only a 1/2 batch of this granola, and even then, immediately freeze half of that, too tempting!

  4. I would love to add more nutritious and tasty recipes to my culinary repertoire.

  5. Sounds liked a great cookbook, would love to have a copy in my collection at home.

  6. Thanks for the variety of options you post on your website and I enjoy the videos you post. This looks like a yummy recipe, but then again anything on here is yummy!!!!

  7. With three Coeliacs in the family, we are a gluten free household. I have experimented and usually adapt ‘normal’ recipes using a number of different flours. Our current favorite is potato pancakes, made with potato flour and buttermilk, served with maple syrup, grilled GF bacon and grilled bananas

  8. I didn’t see raisins listed in the instructions, so when do we add it? I figured it’s good either way, so the granola is in the oven now! Excited to try this.

  9. We love a good pot of greens, collards and mustard, cooked with a little bacon and some sauteed onions. Delicious comfort food that is healthy as well.

  10. I love her blog, and would be so excited to own this beautiful cook book!

  11. Thank you for a nut free granola recipe!
    My favorite gluten free recipe is almond flour macaroons 🙂

  12. I recently found weelicious and it’s fantastic – I especially love seeing gluten free recipes included. Thanks for the great giveaway, would love to try more from this book!

  13. It’s in the oven now! I also noticed sesame seeds in the written instructions but not in the ingredient list.

  14. Wow this sounds great, my husband and I are starting Paleo and feeling better and getting healthier. Thanks for a chance.

  15. I’m sure I will have the same problem of choice: what to cook, they all look great!

  16. Wow, this is gonna be great. I will be glad to have a copy of this book

  17. step 4 includes sesame seeds, but i don’t see any in recipe. how much do we add?

    favorite glutenfree recipe is bean brownies. pureed beans (any kind) are the flour substitute. i add peanut butter for extra creaminess and flavor. yum! my family likes these as much as regular brownies.

  18. We have a great simple peanut butter cookie recipe that is dairy and gluten free!

  19. Exciting giveaway! My favorite gluten free recipe is black bean chocolate cake!

  20. This book sounds utterly fab! Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so I’m always looking for fun new recipes to try. Rosie x

  21. Gluten-free recipes are all I’m doing now for the whole family. It is hard to maintain this diet but we’re trying our best for a good digestion.

  22. I love love love the Against All Grains first cookbook, I just make the Vanilla coffee creamer minutes ago. My favorite gluten free recipe is Danielle’s chicken and roasted veggies soup, also from the 1st cookbook. I would love to have the meal one to give me more yummy grain free recipe ideas.

  23. Spaghetti squash with tomato basil tomato sauce and cheese – my kids and I love it

  24. I am recently GF and looking for healthy recipes. This cookbook looks amazing!

  25. I really love all these grains that are so nutritious and delicious! I will give it a try soon!

  26. All your recipes are delicious! I cannot wait to try this one for my family! We tend to have either oatmeal, pancakes or eggs, so this will be a great change to the routine.

  27. Your granola looks delicious – I’d love a chance to win the cookbook!

  28. My favorite gluten free recipe is a bean salad with avocado, artichoke and lemon/olive oil dressing. YUM

  29. This cookbook is amazing! I’ve borrowed it from friends and the library and I would love to have a copy of my own! My littles loves the califlower rice and the grain free zuchhini bread (with some chocolate chips added). I can’t wait to try the granola recipe!!

  30. Just trying it out. But so far, everything! Favorite right now us homemade date balls (think Lara bars).

  31. My husband and I recently have cut grains from our diets. We limit our children’s grain consumption, but they’re not as easy to please. This book would really be a great help to us!

  32. i think it might be this one! Have been looking for a good nut free granola to put in my daughter’s lunchbox since her school is nut free

  33. This looks great! My hubby has a oat allergy and my daughter has a tree nut allergy so I’m always look for yummy alternatives for my family.

  34. I’ve been thinking about gluten free, but haven’t done anythiThis would be an excellent way to begin! ‘ve been thin

  35. Our current favorite is a warming drink: a tablespoon or two of chia seeds in a cup, two slices of lemon, pour hot water over it, and add honey to taste 🙂

  36. For breakfast, I love heating a chopped-up apple in the microwave until soft, then stirring 1-2 Tbsp of almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon into it! Great with coconut milk!

    I have “Against the Grain” and have loved every recipe I’ve tried (two dozen of them!).

  37. We love frittata – an oldie but a goodie that goes in the kids lunchboxes the next day. Hakuna frittata!

  38. I am wheat-free. My current favorite wheat-free recipe is for chocolate coconut quick muffins. Fast, easy and filling!

  39. You’re talking my language – gluten-free, dairy-free, SIMPLE, recipes – very excited for this cookbook!!!

  40. New to trying gluten free/paleo/SCD but have really enjoyed chia pudding! Danielle is such an inspiration!

  41. Can’t wait to try the recipe. Would love to have the cook book. I’m always looking for tasty healthy recipes.

  42. love the recipe! Have tried gluten free and paleo befor but failed, really excited about trying again! Love chia seeds’ and was searching for a nut free granola recipe!

  43. I would love to use this book to cook for my family! We are working on eating healthier and fewer grains, but not cutting them out entirely.

  44. I am obsessed with chia pudding! Almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla, honey, and cinnamon. Like rice pudding! Would love a copy of the book!

  45. I just discovered her banana nut porridge a couple of weeks ago and I loved it too?

  46. My favorite gf/vegan/paleo treat is a chocolate pudding made with bananas and avocados. So delicious!

  47. This look delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe and introducing me to what looks like a great cookbook!

  48. I’ve only been gluten free for a little while but the difference is incredible. My favorite recipe, which is a huge hit with my two boys, 1.5 and 3, is shrimp fried rice. I use brown rice, sauté veggies and instead of soy use coconut aminos. My boys always ask for seconds.

  49. Wow, that looks like a delishous recipe, I have trouble getting my daughter interested in breakfast so want to make this up this weekend. She is about 90% gluten free! still trying to find a good bread recipe. I use Cup 4Cup flour in my recipes, I love it because I simply substitute it for go our in all my recipes I have now until I figure this whole thing out.

  50. I honestly have not tried a gluten free or paleo recipe, but I would definitely love to try some out!

  51. New to gluten free – my thyroid doesn’t love it. Still looking for a favorite recipe. Hope to win. 🙂

  52. My favortie gluten free recipe is one I made up after searching for a quick dessert fix that was semi-healthy.
    It’s a cake in a mug that literally takes less than 2 minutes to prepare before putting in the microwave for 2 more minutes and ending up with a delicious gluten free, dairy free hot mug of cake!! 🙂
    Get a bowl or a mug.
    Crack an egg and whisk.
    Add in 4 TBS unsweetened Apple sauce, 2 heaping TBS almond flour(honeyville is best!),1 TBS coconut flour, 1 tsp maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of cinnamon. Stir until thoroughly combined. Add a handful of chocolate chips and dried cherries and mix in.
    Microwave for 2 minutes.
    Be careful..if you’re anything like me this will become seriously addictive. 🙂

  53. My favorite gluten free recipe is Mexican Pizza Eggs. I have my own twist, but you can find a recipe at ‘simply gluten free.’

  54. I can’t have gluten at all, so it’s hard to pick a favorite recipe, but one my family loves is a quinoa, spinach and cheese baked casserole. Yum!

  55. Paleo pancakes: 6 eggs, 2 c pureed pumpkin, 1 c almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, pinch of salt; cook in coconut oil! These are my go-to everyday quick breakfast (make a bunch and freeze them). Top with homemade, sugar-free fruit compote.

  56. I would love a copy of Danielle’s new cookbook!! I have her first and it is one of my favorites!! (Besides my welicious ones 🙂 )

  57. I’ve made gluten free poptarts before. They were a little tedious, but yummy.

  58. I would love to win this! We live a paleo lifestyle and bake gluten free all the time. My favorite thing to make lately is paleo pumpkin pancakes.

  59. My favorite GF recipe has been Blueberry Granola Bars made with quinoa flour and GF oats. Yum!

  60. I am so impressed with Danielle. She is such an inspiration. I love here recipes.

    A very generous give away!

  61. I love making gluten free muffins or pancakes. I hope I win this cookbook b/c my son has allergies and I think it would help me get some new ideas on what to feed him. 🙂

  62. YUMMY! Can’t wait to try this! I am very excited to start reducing the amount of gluten in my family’s diet. This is a great way to start. Also can’t wait to try the Banana porridge too!

  63. Would love to win this cookbook. I am about to make our family Gluten free to see if we can iron out some behavioral issues!

  64. My favorite recipe at the moment is one that I enhanced from a curry recipe I already had–chickpeas, onion and garlic in coconut curry sauce! I’m following Dr. Perlmutter’s Grain Brain diet to see if it will help with my constant dizziness and eye movement.

  65. I make a curry roasted cauliflower based on a variation of a recipe I found on CanYouStayForDinner.com

    I would love to eat and cook less gluten for my family!

  66. I am trying to be more conscious of what I feed my family and would love to win this cookbook to find some more Paleo options!

  67. My kids and I are allergic to gluten. so it’s hard to pick one favorite recipe. Probably caramel apple spice GF waffles 🙂

  68. I’ve been trying to go gluten free/paleo for awhile now and have been eyeing Danielle’s book – I would love it! Thanks for the chance to win – will share on Twitter too….

  69. My all time fave paleo recipe are almond butter, banana pancakes. Super easy to make: 1 Tbsp almond butter, 1 ripe nana, 1 egg. You can add some cinnamon if you want or dark cocoa powder. Put it all in a blender and cook like regular pancakes. You don’t even need honey in these:)

  70. My friend was just recommending this book to me! This recipe looks so tasty!!

  71. I have been eyeing Danielle’s book with envy ever since I heard of it, I would love to win one!

  72. I have a daughter who is gluten, nut, and egg free so we do a lot of experimenting! Our fave so far is banana oatmeal bars- made with oat flour and no refined sugars. Yummy!

  73. My husband is gluten and dairy free! We love Danielle’s recipes and would love the cookbook.

  74. Shared on instagram! Our favorite gluten free meal is quinoa with roasted vegetables!!

  75. Hi there! My favorite paleo recipe would have to be Chloe’s sweet potato kale pizza with a balsamic reduction. So good!! Thanks for this opportunity 🙂

  76. Can’t wait to make this recipe! Would love to get my hands on Danielle’s book! 😉

  77. I just borrowed Danielle’s first book from my sister in law this past Monday and have made something delicious from it every night this week so far! I would LOVE her new book! I would have to say my favorite so far is the mashed cauliflower with roasted garlic…oh my goodness…so so yummy!

  78. Right now my favourite gluten free recipe is the orange banana bread recipe on Delicious Living’s website.

  79. The whole family went GF around Easter time and we’ve never felt better!! I love cauliflower crust pizza, and so do the kids. It is a no-kidding great tasting way to avoid the grains and starches.

    I’d LOVE to win the cookbook and i know we’d put it to good use.

  80. This looks amazing! I cannot wait to make the granola and I would love this cookbook!

  81. another recipe from Danielle is her zucchini bread! It is so moist and you can’t tell its paleo!

  82. This looks great. My favorite gluten free recipe is either gluten free pumpkin apple pancakes or amaranth cranberry cookies. Yummy.

  83. My favorite paleo recipe is chocolate chips cookies made with almond flour

  84. So excited to try this recipe! I have 2 kids with nut allergies who LOVE granola but it is so hard to find without nuts. Thank you for sharing!

  85. I would love this book! My family and I are eating gluten free and are always looking for great recipes! Thank you for all that you do 🙂

  86. This looks amazing! Taking grain out of my diet has totally changed my energy level. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  87. I can’t wait to make this! I’m always looking for some grain free recipes!

  88. Thank you!! Would love to win this book! Excited about this but free granola!

  89. Baked pumpkin doughnuts! Can’t wait to try this recipe as one of my sons is allergic to tree nuts.

  90. Favorite paleo recipe is western omelet muffins for breakfast! Looks like a great book!

  91. I had heard about this book elsewhere too, and it got me intrigued! Would love to get hold of a copy! I too am trying to move away from too much gluten in my diet.

  92. Morning Soup made with quinoa and dried fruit. Would love to win this book!

  93. I am cooking my way through Against All Grain right now! We love making paleo sausage patties for breakfast with fruit on the side – always hits the spot.

  94. We are trying to eat a more balanced and healthy diet and this cookbook sounds amazing!!!!

  95. My favorite paleo recipe is the 5 ingredient pizza spaghetti pie from paleomg.com. Would love to win this cookbook!

  96. My absolute favorite gluten free breakfast recipe:

    Steel Cut Oats cooked in water.
    Top with finely chopped apple, raisins. and unsweetened coconut.
    Optional – chopped nuts or seeds (walnuts, almonds, pepitas, etc.)
    Optional – maple syrup on top.

    This dish is so comforting and its a huge hit with my husband and my two three year olds!

  97. Grilled flank steak with carrot timbales (carrots pureed with spices, coconut milk & eggs) baked in ramekins. Love anything in a ramekin!

  98. I love any type of chia pudding. Usually, I make it with raw cashews, chia seeds, water, dates, vanilla and coconut or cacao. Everything goes in to the blender (except for the chia seeds). Blend until it’s the desired consistency. Pour in to bowls and then mix in the chia. It stores well and is so satisfying for breakfast or a late-night snack.

  99. Thank you for the chance.. My fav gluten free recipe is a moo-less chocolate pudding made with avocadoes.

  100. The doctor suggested to get on the pale diet, would love to learn how to make some recipes!!!

  101. I would love to win! My favorite gf recipe is a cashew, caramel bar. The base is made with cashews and coconut oil, the caramel with coconut milk, butter and maple syrup with chocolate on top. It’s absolutely delicious!

  102. I’ve never made a specifically gluten free anything, so I would love to test out some of these recipes!!

  103. I make Kasha (toasted Buckwheat) as a pilaf with carrots, peas and onions. We all love it! The cookbook looks amazing!!

  104. My family loves a garlic hummus recipe that I found a few months ago – made quickly from scratch at home – it is a winner!

  105. I would love to win this and give to my friend! She would love the granola recipe!

  106. Gluten free sweet potato pie from Chef Janet – one of the first things I tried when I started exploring GF baking.

  107. I bought her cookbook, then lent it out and can’t remember where it’s at!! Would LOVE to get another! 🙂

  108. I have to try this! It looks so scrumptious. Thank you for sharing, and for the giveaway.

  109. This recipe not only looks delicious but sounds it too! I would love to have a copy of this book to try out all the recipes.

  110. This recipe looks delicious. It would be wonderful to win the cookbook as I am always looking for inspiring ways to feed my kids and myself healthy meals.

  111. My son’s favorite GF recipe is my husband’s “granola”, which is actually mostly made of nuts. I can’t eat it because I’m allergic to the nuts, so I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe!

  112. I don’t have a favorite recipe, but would love to win the book and find one. 🙂

  113. Switching to lchf again, and after initial enthusiastic week I’m desperate for new recepies, so this book would be an excellent boost 😀

  114. I loved Danielle Walker’s first cookbook and I would love to have her second one!

  115. My current favorite is date and almond energy bites rolled in coconut. They were a recent hit in my daughter’s class and never last long in our home! Thanks for the chance to win a book. It’s definitely on my Christmas list,

  116. Honestly, I am a terrible paleo cook, though I am relying on recipes more to prepare food for my dairy-, egg-, nut-allergic toddler. I’m currently experimenting with coconut flour pancakes with bananas and flax as egg replacers, with mixed results but lots of potential! I do like making gluten-free brown rice pasta with white beans, a secretly veggie-laden sauce and toasted garlic and rosemary olive oil.

  117. My husband has MS and is following an Auto Immune Protocol Paleo diet along with drug therapy. He hopes to stop the progression of the disease. After 8 months he is still diligent with his diet (I seem to eat worse the more I try to follow it with him!). We have seen small improvements and very importantly he isn’t any worse!

    I have found many good recipes over these months but one that we all seem to love (including our 5 year old) is Plantain Crackers from The Paleo Mom.

  118. I’ve heard great things about this book. I have many favorite Paleo recipes, but one I love is a coffee cake banana bread. Mmm I think I’m going to make it today.

  119. I made a chocolate muffin recipe recently with almond flour that my boys fought over. We aren’t gluten free but I’d love a copy of the book anyway! 🙂

  120. My favorite paleo recipe right now is the Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites from Paleo Grub. All the delicious taste of fall, without the guilt from extra sugar and “whipped topping.” Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  121. That looks good.

    So far my favorite GF recipe (and we don’t have to eat GF) are your Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I made them for one of my bosses for Boss’s Day because his wife can’t have gluten. I almost didn’t want to bring them in because they were so good and I wanted to keep “sampling!”

  122. I was just talking to a friend about gluten-free granola this morning! Will have to forward this to her. This past weekend I made a gluten-free stuffed mushroom caps for a party that were awesome. I also no longer eat pasta and always use zucchini noodles. Zucchini lasagna and eggplant pizzas are favorites.

  123. I tried this recipe last night and it is awesome. Although I am not gluten free, many of my friends and family members are due to health issues (Celiac). This recipe will now be a go to when company comes to stay. With the high fiber and protein content from the Chia and other seeds, it is a non breakfast lover’s best friend. Crossing my fingers to win the giveway so I may continue my love of cooking for others 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  124. Wow! I would really love this. My family is trying to reduce our gluten intake and it’s really challenging especially for breakfast.

  125. I’d love to have the book, thanks! I guess salmon and veggies is a favorite gluten-free/paleo meal for us.

  126. I’ve heard great things about this cookbook – especially the meatball recipe. Would love to have it!

  127. I have taken this cookbook out from the library! It is fantastic! I would LOVE to have a copy I can reference on a regular basis. Thanks for offering such a fantastic giveaway!!

  128. My favorite gluten-free recipe is Banana Bread made with almond flour (which can be paleo-friendly too).

  129. We LOVE your banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe! We have lots of food allergies in our extended family, and this is one dessert that’s safe for everyone!

  130. I have trouble understanding why so many gluten-free recipes have coconut in them

  131. My son is gluten, dairy, and egg free, so I am always adapting your recipes for his diet. I am excited to see your recipe above that he can eat. We will make this together today! For my favorite gluten free recipe, my family loves vegan and gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for the giveaway too!

  132. This looks tasty – and would be a great lunchbox item for my son! I’d love to own a copy of this book, fingers crossed!

  133. Exciting. Would love to get my hands on this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  134. Looking forward to trying this granola recipe! Thanks for the giveaway too 🙂

  135. I noticed that you mention sesame seeds in the directions, but not in the ingredients. Are they in fact part of this recipe?

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