Grain-free + Unsweetened Granola Clusters

When I feel like something crunchy/cereal-y, these Granola Clusters go down well. Unlike typical granola, these clusters are grain-free, fruit-free, unsweetened and low carb. I use fragrant spices and coconut flakes to add subtle sweetness. I gifted some to a friend who tried them with and without honey to sweeten and he said he actually preferred it unsweetened.

If I'm eating it for breakfast, I also prefer the clusters unsweetened because I find that sweet breakfasts leave me unsatisfied and hungry again 20 minutes later. But if you prefer, you could add a small amount of dried fruit to the mix or drizzle over a little rice malt syrup, raw honey or pure maple syrup to serve. 

There are a lot of nuts in the mixture, but they provide nourishing good fats (and make it more filling than a grain-based granola so you don't need as much). I like to use mixed nuts, rather than just one type, to get a range of nutrients. 

I love the cluster with coconut yoghurt. You could also serve it with natural yoghurt, milk or nut milk, sprinkle it over smoothie bowls or just eat it by itself like trail mix. (It's also delicious sprinkled over ice-cream for a bit of crunch).

Grain-free Granola Clusters

Gluten-free | Grain-free | Paleo | Vegan | Low carb

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw mixed nuts
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1 x 20ml tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg 
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat your oven to 120°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the raw nuts in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin or something heavy to crush them. You want some larger pieces and some smaller crumbs. Tip the nuts into a large bowl and mix through the coconut flakes, almond meal, cacao nibs, chia seeds, spices and salt. Add the melted coconut oil, vanilla and almond milk and stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Spread the mixture out onto the lined baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until browned. At the 30 minute mark, I use a large spoon to toss/re-arrange the granola on the tray to ensure it cooks evenly.
  4. Once cooled, store in an airtight jar or container in the fridge.