Cherry Pecan Grain-free Granola

This vegan grain-free sugar-free recipe uses dried cherry, pecans, and coconut for a healthy snack.  Containing no refined sugars or syrups, dried dates bring natural sweetness, along with fiber and potassium, to this kid-approved granola.

MEDIUM      Servings: 16       Ready In: 75 minutes

Cherry Pecan Grain-Free Granola - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added, Paleo, Vegan, Easy Breakfast Snack Recipe

Cherry Pecan Grain-Free Granola - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added, Paleo, Vegan, Easy Breakfast Snack Recipe

Chef's Tip: A healthy mix of nuts, dried fruits, and flax seed help makes this plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, vegan granola recipe

Chef's Tip: A healthy mix of nuts, dried fruits, and flax seed help makes this plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, vegan granola recipe

Chef's Tips: For truly grain-free, double-check that your dates are not dusted in oat flour (gluten-free). If this is a concern, use regular whole dates and chop them yourself. If it's not a concern, you can use dates dusted in oat flour

Chef's Tips: For truly grain-free, double-check that your dates are not dusted in oat flour (gluten-free). If this is a concern, use regular whole dates and chop them yourself. If it's not a concern, you can use dates dusted in oat flour

Chef's Tip:  A vegan flax "egg" replaces the typical egg for a healthy, plant-based binder.  This will help keep your granola in clumps for satisfying texture

Chef's Tip:  A vegan flax "egg" replaces the typical egg for a healthy, plant-based binder.  This will help keep your granola in clumps for satisfying texture

Chef's Tip: Pulse the pecans and cashews in a Food Processor until you get a rough, granola-like texture.  This replaces the oats and grains in traditional a granola recipe

Chef's Tip: Pulse the pecans and cashews in a Food Processor until you get a rough, granola-like texture.  This replaces the oats and grains in traditional a granola recipe

Chef's No Sugar Added Tip:  Dried Cherries and Dates add natural sweetness to this granola mixture, without the need for refined sugar or syrup.   

Chef's No Sugar Added Tip:  Dried Cherries and Dates add natural sweetness to this granola mixture, without the need for refined sugar or syrup.   

Chef's Tip:  Cook this granola at a low 300F for the first 40 minutes.  This helps dehydrate the mixture for a crunchy texture without the risk of burning.  Then, crank up the heat to 350F to get an extra golden-brown toasted finish

Chef's Tip:  Cook this granola at a low 300F for the first 40 minutes.  This helps dehydrate the mixture for a crunchy texture without the risk of burning.  Then, crank up the heat to 350F to get an extra golden-brown toasted finish

Chef's Tip:  After baking, your granola should be golden brown with smells of roasted nuts and cinnamon.  Let cool at least 10 minutes to "crunch up" before serving or storing

Chef's Tip:  After baking, your granola should be golden brown with smells of roasted nuts and cinnamon.  Let cool at least 10 minutes to "crunch up" before serving or storing

Ingredients

2 tbsp. flax meal
6 tablespoons water
1 cups raw pecans
1 cup raw cashews
½ cup chopped dates
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt


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Procedure

Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 300 F. 

To make flax "egg": Combine flax meal and the 6 tbsp. warm water in a large bowl. Let sit 5 minutes to set.

To make granola: Place the pecans and cashews into a food processor. Puree until crumbly. Pour into the bowl with the flax meal mixture. 
Add the coconut, cherries, and chopped dates to the food processor. Puree until crumbly, about the same size as the cashew pecan mix. 
Add chopped cherry mix to the flax egg bowl. 
Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well to combine. 

To bake: Spread granola mixture into a single layer on a baking sheet pan. Bake at 300 for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. 
After 40 minutes, turn the oven up to 350. Stir again and cook until golden brown, another 7-10 minutes.
When granola is golden brown, remove from the oven and let sit at least 10 minutes. 

Keep in an open-air container for up to 5 days or make a double batch and freeze for up to 1 month.

Chef's Tips: For truly grain-free, double-check that your dates are not dusted in oat flour (gluten-free). If this is a concern, use regular whole dates and chop them yourself. If it's not a concern, you can use dates dusted in oat flour.

Yield: 4 cups


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/16 recipes, about 1/4 cup)

Calories 184
Calories From Fat (65%) 119.68
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14.3g 22%
Saturated Fat 5.65g 28%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 64.3mg 3%
Potassium 163.63mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 14.04g 5%
Fiber 3.27g 13%
Sugar 4.84g
Protein 2.9g 6%
Calcium 0.23mg <1%
Iron 18.59mg 103%
Vitamin A 5.33IU <1%
Vitamin C 0.05mg <1%


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