If you were a fan of breakfast cereal in your pre-Paleo days or are looking for a change from eggs for breakfast or just want something quick and crunchy in the morning, Paleo granola is the answer. Free from the sugar, grains and unhealthy fats in traditional breakfast cereals, these Paleo granola recipes are full of protein, fibre and nutrient-dense ingredients.
Homemade Paleo granola is delicious and easy to make. You can substitute different nuts, seeds, fruits and spices to suit your preferences. Because I’ve done the quit sugar thing and avoid fructose wherever I can, I make my granola without any sweetener. If you are used to eating sweetened cereals, and don’t want to go cold turkey, you’ll probably want to use some honey or maple syrup as per the recipes. If you prefer to wean yourself off the sweet stuff but do it a bit more slowly, gradually reduce the amount you add each time you make a batch. Whichever way you choose to make your granola, it will be much healthier than the standard supermarket breakfast cereals.
Serve your Paleo granola with almond, coconut or other nut milk, coconut yoghurt or full-fat dairy yoghurt if you eat it. Add some berries or other fruit if you wish and there you have it – a convenient, healthy breakfast. Paleo granola also makes a great snack eaten just as it is. It’s also fabulous sprinkled on fruit or as a crumble topping for apple or other fruit when you feel like a Paleo dessert. As a general rule, the granola will keep for around a month when stored in an airtight container or in a resealable plastic bag in the fridge.
Homemade Paleo Granola Recipes
Oven-drying the strawberries takes a couple of hours, but is very easy and you can do other things while it’s happening. If you have a dehydrator you can use that instead of oven-drying. In additional to the strawberries there’s almonds, macadamia nuts, coconut, chia seeds and dried fruits. Once you’ve tried this fruity granola you’ll want to make it again.
Get the recipe here: Irena Macri Food Fit For Life
2. Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Granola
A super crunchy, extra large cluster Paleo granola with cinnamon and raisins. This lower-carb granola recipe features nuts, seeds, almond butter, and pure maple syrup for a nutritious breakfast or snack.
Get the recipe here: The Roasted Root
3. Blueberry Pecan Paleo Granola
Pecans, almonds and blueberries are combined with sunflower seeds and coconut in this addictive granola. The recipe contains ghee but substitute coconut oil if you want it dairy-free.
Get the recipe here: Cook Eat Paleo
4. Chocolate Granola
Who doesn’t love something chocolatey, especially when it’s full of natural goodness. This decadent granola contains raw cacao powder, nuts, seeds and coconut. This nutrient-dense version is a long way from the sugar-filled chocolate flavoured cereals at your supermarket.
Get the recipe here: The JOYful table
5. Crunchy Nut-free Paleo Granola
Here’s an allergy-friendly, crunchy granola that’s made with no oats or nuts. It’s full of nutritious seeds and is grain-free, nut-free, Paleo & vegan-friendly.
Get the recipe here: The Real Food RDS
6. Simple Grain Free Granola
This delicious grain-free granola has 3 types of nuts and seeds, coconut, cinnamon and some dried fruit. The recipe specifies some sugar options, but you can leave it out completely (add a little more maple syrup or honey if required) or use coconut sugar. It is vegan, gluten-free, and a delicious, healthy, protein-rich breakfast or snack.
Get the recipe here: Minimalist Baker
Paleo granola is quick and easy to make and is more economical than buying it ready-made. Most importantly, you can customise it to your own taste and substitute nuts, seeds, fruit and spices depending on what you have in the pantry. If this has got you wanting some granola crunch get to it and make a batch.