In the kitchen

Cinnamon, pecan, grain-free granola

A delightfully crunchy, nutty granola. Free from grains, gluten and dairy.

Home made gifts are the best kind of gifts, at least I like to think so. There is nothing quite as lovely as receiving a freshly baked cake or slightly creased tin foil package containing something delicious. I always try to make something when I visit friends for the weekend or drop round for tea. Granola is a wonderfully versatile gift – I think one would to struggle to find someone who didn’t like it. Whilst I have a few granola recipes, this is one of my favourites. It is free from gluten as well as grains which is less conventional for a granola recipe. The base of the recipe comes from almonds and coconut instead of oats, giving it a slightly more indulgent twist whilst making it accessible for those who are choosing to avoid grains.

It’s my go-to gift of choice and whenever I make it for a special someone I make a little extra for myself that I keep in a jar and nibble on when I fancy. Enjoy it with milk or yogurt for breakfast, sprinkled onto fruit or porridge or, as I do, straight out of the jar. I must confess that in my house it doesn’t last long but I have a little theory that the most delicious things rarely do.


Makes about 1-2 jars


10 mins prep, 20-25 mins bake time




  • 1 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup ground almond
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
Step 1

Begin by preheating your fan oven to 180 degrees and lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Next, assemble your ingredients.

Step 3

Place all of your dry ingredients including the spices, salt and coconut sugar in a large bowl before giving them a good stir to combine.

Step 4

Next add your coconut oil.

Step 5

Then your maple syrup.

Step 6

And lastly your vanilla extract.

Step 7

Give the mix a good stir again making sure that all of the mixture is coated.

Step 8

Spread the mix onto your lined tray and place it into the oven for 20-25 minutes giving it a stir about half way through.

Step 9

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.

Step 10

I like to jar my granola up and give it as gifts or keep it for myself. This granola will keep for up to three months but it rarely lasts that long!

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