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Date-Sweetened Grain Free Granola | Whole30

by Capri Lilly
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Crunchy clusters of grain free granola made with a blend of almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, toasty coconut, and naturally sweetened with Medjool dates! This ultra-nutritious granola is paleo, gluten-free, easy to make, and Whole30 compliant!

If you love grain-free recipes made with real ingredients that are actually good for you, you’ll definitely want to try my Grain-Free Granola Bars! They are very similar to this grain-free granola recipe, except instead of baking the granola, you create delicious no-bake, crunchy granola bars that are perfect for on-the-go snacking!

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Whole30 Grain-Free Granola

At least once a year I do the Whole30 diet to help give my body a needed reset and kick the sugar and carbs. I have an insatiable sweet tooth, and while I create super tasty naturally sweetened desserts, I find myself eating them all too regularly.

One of the things I always miss while I complete the diet is granola. I love homemade granola for breakfast! My Healthy Chocolate Granola and Honey Almond Granola are super popular on the site, and I typically enjoy either of those with non-dairy milk and blueberries for breakfast. However, being on the Whole30 diet excludes grains, so oats are completely out of the question. Instead of giving up granola completely, I decided to make my own Whole30 compliant granola without added sugar, oats, and grains.

Date sweetened Grain-free granola in a large bowl with blueberries on the side

Why You’ll Love This Grain-Free Granola:

  • It’s filled with a mixture of nuts that are rich in antioxidants, protein, Omega-3s, and vitamins like potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E!
  • Medjool Dates, which are high in fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, provide the perfect amount of sweetness to the granola. AND because dates are technically a fruit, they are Whole30 compliant!
  • A good source of protein: Between the nuts, almond butter, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, this granola provides a high amount of protein!
  • Can be made oil-free: Coconut oil is used in the recipe to give the granola an extra crunch! You can always omit the coconut oil if you like and the granola will still be just as good!
  • It’s Vegan, Sugar-Free, Paleo-Friendly, and Gluten-Free!
close up of grainless granola on a spoon to show texture with bowl of granola in he background

You’re Probably Wondering: “Is Grain-free Granola Healthy?”

Yes, it is! The base of the granola is made with nutrient-dense nuts like walnuts and almonds and is packed with antioxidant-rich seeds like chia seeds and hemp seeds. This grain-free granola recipe has 12 grams of protein + 8 grams of fiber per serving!

Here’s What You’ll Need To Make This Grain-Free Granola Recipe:

  • Nuts: Raw Almonds and Walnuts
  • Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds
  • Medjool Dates: Be sure to remove the pits. If your Medjool dates are too hard, soak them in water for 15 minutes before using them.
  • Almond Butter: Make sure to use a whole30 compliant (clean, sugar and additive-free) almond butter like this one: Natural Almond Butter by Artisana | Amazon
  • Cinnamon and Vanilla: Gives the granola a delicious warm flavor.
  • Coconut Oil: This helps to give the granola extra crunchy texture and clusters that we love
  • Shredded Coconut: Make sure to use unsweetened coconut shavings, like these: Anthony’s Organic Shredded Coconut | Amazon

How To Make Grain Free Granola

images to show how to make grainless granola
  1. Pulse the nuts and seeds in a food processor.
  2. Blend the dates, water, vanilla, and nut butter to create a creamy date mixture. Some chunks are okay.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, except the shredded coconut.
  4. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring half-way through.
  5. Remove the granola from the oven and give it a good stir, moving the outer edges to the middle, allowing the granola to cook evenly. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the shredded coconut. Bake for a final 10 minutes.
  7. Take the granola out of the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes untouched. The longer the granola cools, the better.
  8. Enjoy! Store the granola in an airtight container or jar for up to a week. (See recipe card for more detailed instructions)
close up of grain-free granola on a spoon to show texture with sheet tray of granola in he background

Tips:

  • If your Medjool dates are too hard, soak them in water for 15 minutes before using them. (Be sure to drain before blending)
  • It is easier to blend the dates in a high-speed blender than in the food processor
  • Use whichever nut butter you prefer. Peanut Butter also works well.
  • Be sure to stir the granola intermittently to prevent it from burning
  • Allow the granola to cool for at least 20 minutes without touching it. The longer the better as it helps the granola get crispy and form clusters.
Bowl of homemade grain free granola

I hope you enjoy this Date-Sweetened Grain Free Granola Recipe

Enjoy your granola for breakfast or as a crunchy snack! If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

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Crunchy clusters of grain free granola made with a blend of almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, toasty coconut, and naturally sweetened with Medjool dates! This ultra-nutritious granola is gluten-free, easy to make, and Whole30 compliant!
5 from 23 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 447kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup Raw Almonds
  • 1.5 cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted

Date Mixture

  • 12 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 4 tbsp Almond Butter, or nut butter of choice
  • 1.5 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  • In an S-blade food processor, add the nuts and seeds. Pulse a few times until the nuts are chopped into smaller pieces. Do not overprocess the mixture because you still want chunky pieces in the granola. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
  • In the same food processor or a high-speed blender, combine the Medjool dates, water, almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Blend until smooth and thick, some chunks are okay.
  • Add the date mixture and melted coconut oil to the dry mixture. Using a spatula, mix the ingredients together until evenly combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large parchment-lined baking sheet and spread evenly. Break up any large pieces that are stuck together. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove the granola from the oven. You may notice that the outer edges are darker than the middle. Stir the outer edges into the middle and more the inner part closer to the edge. (This helps so that the granola cooks evenly and does not burn). Transfer the granola into the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the shredded coconut. Bake for a final 10 minutes.
  • Take the granola out of the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes untouched. The longer the granola cools, the better.
  • Enjoy! Store the granola in an airtight container or jar for up to a week.

Notes

  • If your Medjool dates are too hard, soak them in water for 15 minutes before using them. (Be sure to drain before blending)
  • It is easier to blend the dates in a high-speed blender than in the food processor
  • Use whichever nut butter you prefer. Peanut Butter also works well.
  • Be sure to stir the granola intermittently to prevent it from burning
  • Allow the granola to cool for at least 20 minutes without touching it. The longer the better as it helps the granola get crispy and form clusters.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.8g | Protein: 12.1g | Fat: 37.3g | Saturated Fat: 13.3g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10.7g | Calcium: 89mg
nutrition facts for grain free granola

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27 comments

Zay January 8, 2022 - 3:08 pm

5 stars
This granola is SO GOOD!! I’ve been looking for a grainless granola recipe and so happy I found this one. It was so easy to make! This is now my go-to granola recipe!!

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Capri Lilly January 8, 2022 - 3:12 pm

Hi Zay! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂

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Andréa Janssen January 12, 2022 - 8:12 pm

5 stars
What a delicious granola recipe. I loved how the flavors turned out. A recipe I’m going to enjoy many more times!

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Capri Lilly January 13, 2022 - 5:56 pm

Hi Andrea! I am glad you like the recipe!

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Jeri January 12, 2022 - 8:34 pm

5 stars
What a great granola recipe! My family regularly eats granola with their yogurt, and I’m happy that I was able to give them this much healthier granola! It is delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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Oscar January 12, 2022 - 11:45 pm

5 stars
Loved this grain free granola, it totally hit the spot. Looking forward to making a big batch again this weekend. Great recipe.

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Capri Lilly January 13, 2022 - 5:56 pm

Thanks Oscar! I am glad you like!

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Ramona January 15, 2022 - 7:37 am

5 stars
This is a truly amazing granola recipe that I’ll be making over and over again. Thank you soo much for sharing!

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Capri Lilly January 15, 2022 - 4:50 pm

I am glad you like it, Ramona!

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Stephanie January 26, 2022 - 10:44 pm

5 stars
Such a delicious granola recipe. I loved the addition of the almond butter and the crunch from the nuts and seeds. This was perfectly sweetened with the natural sugar from the dates.

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Capri Lilly January 26, 2022 - 10:53 pm

Hi Stephanie! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Marta January 28, 2022 - 3:32 am

5 stars
This was such a unique, delicious granola. I loved that it didn’t have any grains since I’ve never had one without them. The date mixture was easy to make and so tasty.

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Britney Brown-Chamberlain January 28, 2022 - 10:47 pm

5 stars
This was such a great recipe! Perfectly sweetened with the dates and the coconut really added so much flavor!

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Capri Lilly January 29, 2022 - 6:06 pm

Hi Britney! I am glad you enjoy the recipe

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Marcus Avery January 29, 2022 - 7:28 pm

Oh yes! I need to make this. Granola is one of my breakfast faves!

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Nija January 30, 2022 - 2:35 am

5 stars
This grainless granola is really simple to make and so delicious! Will definitely be making this again and again!

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Capri Lilly January 30, 2022 - 2:41 am

I’m so glad to hear it! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Robin January 31, 2022 - 7:19 am

5 stars
My obsession with this recipe stems from the fact that not only does the granola taste fantastic, I can eat it as is, no added sugar. Sheer genius!

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Capri Lilly January 31, 2022 - 4:59 pm

Thank you, Robin! I am so glad you enjoy the recipe!

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Lisa February 2, 2022 - 7:24 am

I really want to try this but 728 calories/serving??? Am I reading that right? 😳😳

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Capri Lilly February 2, 2022 - 5:41 pm

Hi Lisa! Thank you for pointing that out. The calculations were incorrect and now should show more accurate nutrition facts. Please keep in mind that all nutrition facts are estimates using a nutrition calculator. Thank you!

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Chenee Lewis February 2, 2022 - 8:19 am

5 stars
This granola was so satisfying! I love that it’s sweetened with dates, and it’s perfect as a healthy afternoon snack!

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Jen Sim February 2, 2022 - 11:04 am

5 stars
I’m a big granola fan so I was excited to try your recipe. It was delicious and so easy to make. I’ll definitely be making this again!

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Jazz February 2, 2022 - 3:42 pm

5 stars
I’ve been eating this granola all week for breakfast. It’s delicious and I don’t feel weighed down at all afterward. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly February 2, 2022 - 5:41 pm

I feel the same way! I am glad you enjoy it!

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Rebecca L Sizemore March 16, 2022 - 10:00 am

What’s the serving size for the granola?

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Capri Lilly March 16, 2022 - 10:41 am

A serving is ~3/4 of a cup.

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