Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola


Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola |

Lots of hippie-dippie things are going on in the world right now and I figured we should talk about them.

To start, birkenstocks are back in style. I bought a white pair last week and I’m currently expecting their arrival. Pretty excited about ’em, you guys. I might even live on the edge and wear them with a cute pair of socks. Sue me.

And Tevas!! Also back in style. Not sure how I feel about this return. They kinda bring back some terrible 90s nightmares.

Speaking of Colorado-type things…granola! Grain-free granola is totally a thing. No grains. No gluten. And while we’re at it, no refined sugar. You would think I’d be leading you down a depressing healthy hole of complete nonsense but seriously this is my favorite granola in the entire world. Yes, I’m absolutely serious. There’s a good chance that after this I won’t ever return to oat-based granola. Why would I? I don’t need them. I have nuts like almonds, walnuts and macadamia, and seeds like sunflower and black sesame. And a bunch of delicious fruit like golden berries and goji berries.

Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola |

I’m in love. Today’s post is my ode to granola-y-type things.

Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola |

Good granola is all about ratios. How many nuts to seeds to fruit do you got going on. Of course, it’s majorly flexible. I say swap out what you might have in the back of your pantry. Use those lingering bags of half used up nuts for this recipe. I’m personally a fan of softer nuts (this is a weird sentence I know, I’m sorry). Walnuts and macadamia–super soft. Almonds give it a bit of structure and more crunch while the seeds add nice texture, too.

I love the combination of coconut oil and honey. Surprisingly it doesn’t taste too coconut-y. Honestly I could barely taste it. And this granola is on the saltier side because I looove the sweet and salty combo.

Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola |

The dried fruit is also flexible. I went with tart golden berries and super good-for-you goji berries.

If I bought every single one of these ingredients in big ol’ bags, I probably would’ve spent like $50 on ingredients. I do not recommend this. I recommend heading to a health food store, or in my case, Whole Foods, and pulling straight from the bulk bin. This way you not only save a lot of money, you also buy exactly what you need.

Photo of my new birkenstocks to follow soon.

Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola |

Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola


  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup goldenberries
  • 1/4 cup goji berries


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a large bowl mix together the almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds and black sesame seeds.
  • In a small saucepan, placed over medium heat, add the coconut oil, honey and salt. Mix until the coconut oil is melted and mixture has married together (there may be some separation between the honey and coconut oil--that's ok!). Pour the mixture over the nuts and toss everything together until completely coated.
  • Transfer the granola to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. At the 10 minute-mark toss the granola and return to the oven to bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove the granola from the oven and using the back of a wooden spoon, press the granola onto the baking sheet into one even layer. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. After the cooling period, break the granola up into bite-sized pieces. Mix in the dried fruit.
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  • Reply [email protected] April 28, 2014 at 2:50 am

    This is insane for breakfast! What is that brown delicious liquid in the bowl with it? Because I want this for breakfast now.

    Also cute as pig chopping board!

  • Reply Tammi April 28, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Oh man! I want to eat granola for breakfast, lunch and tea after seeing yours.

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie April 28, 2014 at 4:15 am

    This looks SO good! I’m excited to give it a try. And can’t wait to see pics of your Birks!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan April 28, 2014 at 5:54 am

    I’m super intrigued by this, plus that pig cutting board, tooo cute!

  • Reply Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing April 28, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I could eat granola every day all day! I will definitely have to add this into my morning granola routine. I love that pig cutting board too! Super cute!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 28, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Mmm looks so yummy!

  • Reply Kelly Stock April 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

    “a fan of softer nuts.” I feel this – my personal struggle is expressing my love of sausages with a straight face

  • Reply Stacey April 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I have reached the point in my life where I must get over my vanity and ditch the cute sandals and flip flops for old lady orthotics that don’t kill my knees, feet, and back. I gave in and bought some Birks, too– The Gizeh thong style. They could be worse!

  • Reply Michelle April 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I’m totally cringing at the fact that Birkenstocks AND socks are coming back into style. It makes me involuntarily shudder every time I see someone wearing. Granted, it’s never been with cute socks, so maybe that’s the key?

    ALSO – I was reading the New York Times Magazine this weekend, and holy hell. DESIGNER Tevas. Seriously. Prada and all that. They’re making their own versions. I died a little inside.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Yes. Balenciaga tevas have totally happened. That one I’m like I dunno I can’t. :/

  • Reply Megan | Hint of Vanilla April 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

    If you tell me you made that beautiful bowl, I am gonna lose my shit and very seriously think about signing up for pottery classes.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Haha. I didn’t, sadly. I bought the bowl at a Japanese ceramics store while I was in New York last month. I wish I could make a bowl like that!

      • Reply Megan | Hint of Vanilla April 28, 2014 at 11:19 am

        Well, the other bowls you made still blow my mind. I have been looking into pottery classes, but my schedule (and possibly where I live) will be changing in the next month so I figure it’s best to get everything else settled before deciding on weekly pottery classes. But I’ve also got my boyfriend interested classes by showing him your bowls! You’re seriously good!

  • Reply Melissa April 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Is that chocolate soy milk/almond milk? this recipe looks amazing!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

      It’s actually acai puree mixed with a banana and a splash of almond milk. I’m obsessed.

      • Reply Kelly December 7, 2014 at 3:24 am

        Do you just make your own purée or is it purchased? How much do you mix with the banana?

        • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

          I purchased it! I find it in the frozen section at Whole Foods. I think I just mixed one small packet with one banana.

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    This granola would be my dream midnight snack!

  • Reply Maddie (Hungry Curious) April 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    While I have made quinoa granola before, I’ve never attempted a largely nut-based recipe! Looks so yummy, especially with the acai puree!

  • Reply Kitty Quintana April 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I am so ready to make this yummy granola!

  • Reply Marcella April 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Love this! My sister is allergic to oats so I’m always looking for oat-free granola recipes. I will probably step up to the plate and make my own one day (heavy in dark chocolate, of course bahahaha). I was planning on using quinoa flakes in mine to simulate the texture of oats. Have you ever tried those before? They’re prettyyy amazing.

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  • Reply Kate May 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve now made this three times, making a bigger batch each time because my husband and I can’t keep our hands off it. Thanks – seriously – this is one of my newest favorite snack/breakfast foods!

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  • Reply Chi NguyenLu March 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Is there something to substitute for the coconut oil? My boyfriend is allergic.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      You could probably use vegetable oil or sunflower oil or even olive oil.

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