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Grain-Free Sugar-Free Paleo Vegan Low-carb Granola Recipe

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This grain free granola recipe is a delicious low-carb cereal for a crunchy sweet keto breakfast. Plus, it is sugar free, vegan, paleo and gluten free too! sugar free granola recipe

How to make Grain-Free Sugar-Free Granola?

It’s pretty easy to make a delicious crunchy granola without grain or sugar.

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The key is to use a combo of 6 main ingredients.

Dry ingredients

  • Nuts – I love to have a good amount of nuts in my grain-free sugar-free granola. That’s where you get the ‘big’ crunch. My favorite nuts are almonds, cashews, walnuts. Others nuts I found great in granola are pecan, macadamia and hazelnuts. Feel free to play with the types of nuts in this recipe to create a different granola flavor each time
  • Flakes – that’s the ingredient that mimic the cereal texture in a grain-free granola. I used a combo of coconut flakes and sliced almonds
  • Seeds – seeds are also a great way to add smaller crunch pieces into your granola. I love to use pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and chia seed.
  • Spices – the spices are the best way to add extra sweet flavor without using sugar. I love cinnamon, a bit of salt and vanilla. Of course you can also add grated agrumes zest (orange is delicious), ginger, nutmeg or unsweetened cocoa! Play with the spices to make a delicious new recipe every time.
  • Freeze dried fruits – in order to keep your granola sugar free, you must use frozen dried raspberries. Indeed, frozen dried berries have no added sugar. Obviously, it’s optional to add some but it gives a delicious fruit flavor to your cereals. If you are on paleo or vegan diet and you don’t mind natural sweetness from fruits, use Goji berries or dried apricot. Both have a lower GI index than dates.

Wet ingredients

  • Oil – I am using extra virgin coconut oil to roast my granola. I love the tiny coconut flavor it adds into the mixture plus coconut oil is a very healthy oil full of antifungal and antibacterial properties. If you don’t like coconut flavor, replace with refined coconut oil – it won’t have any coconut flavor!
  • Sugar-free sweetener – good news ! you don’t need a sweetener in your grain-free sugar-free granola recipe! Especially if you intend to eat yours in a breakfast milk bowl, I would recommend to add the sugar-free crystal sweetener directly into your bowl – not in the cereal making.

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Is this grain-free granola recipe healthy?

A grain-free granola is a healthy way to boost your body with protein, hearty-healthy fat  – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and Omega-3. Nuts are also very fulfilling, low carb and high in fibre to keep your guts happy! Make sure you roast the nuts at a maximum of 150C (300F) to keep the nutritional properties intact. 

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Sugar-free sweetener options

Obviously, it tastes better if you use some sugar-free sweetener into this recipe, particularly if you eat this granola on top of plain yogurt or into a parfait. So following are my sugar-free recommendations.

First, natural Maple-Flavored sugar free sweetener made of Monk fruit. Monk fruit is a sugar-free natural sweetener that contains ZERO carbs, sugar or calories! That’s better than stevia or erythritol as it is liquid and coats your granola perfectly.

Next, sugar-free crystal sweeteners like swerve or erythritol are fine too. Note that these don’t melt as well as liquid sweeteners, see more details in the recipe card below. Finally, if you are on paleo diet and eat refined sugar-free, you can use maple syrup. 

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How to store your sugar-free granola recipe?

It should be noted that this cereal mix must fully cool down before being transferred in a glass parfait jar. Indeed, these jars are the best way to avoid air coming in the mix, keeping your low carb cereals intact for up to a month. Also make sure to store this recipe at room temperature in the pantry. The fridge will soften your granola. Also, don’t freeze your granola !

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Sugar-free breakfast, snack or dessert!

This is a versatile recipe. I found this recipe amazing to fix my sugar craving anytime in the day without eating much carbs. I love to use it for breakfast as a snack or dessert.

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  • Breakfast – serve 1/4 cup of grain-free granola with 1/2 cup almond milk into a bowl.
  • Snack – sprinkle on top of a berry almond milk smoothie/protein shake or  carry 1/4 cup of this mix into a box and eat as a trail mix
  • Dessert – I love to sprinkle some on top of my yogurt or my ground chia seed pudding to add some crunch !

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Enjoy this simple low carb cereal recipe and leave me a comment if you made it!

xoxo Carine

Recipe Card

Grain Free Sugar free granola

Low carb cereal recipe | grain free granola recipe

Grain Free Sugar free granola is a low carb healthy cereal delicious with almond milk for breakfast or to top on parfait or yogurt. 100% Keto + Whole30 + Paleo + Vegan. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Cool down 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins

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Author: Carine Claudepierre
20 servings of 1/4 cup
4.9 from 227 votes
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  • Preheat oven to (150C) 300F . Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  • Toss into a large mixing bowl coconut flakes, chopped cashews, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, sliced almonds, ground cinnamon and salt.
  • In a sauce pan, under medium heat, melt the coconut oil with vanilla and sweetener if used! Optional, read notes. Stir occasionally until the coconut oil is melted.  honey - less than 1 minute.
  • Pour over the grain free granola mixture. Use a spatula to stir and combine. 
  • Spread your grain free granola mixture evenly on the prepared baking tray. Make sure you spread the granola in a single thin layer or use two baking tray if needed. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through with a wooden spatula. Your grain free granola is ready when golden-brown and crisp,
  • Cool down for 15 minutes on the tray then stir in the dried freeze raspberries.
  • Transfer your cool granola into a glass preserving jar.  Store up to 2 weeks.  this recipe makes roughly 5 cups of granola. Serving size 1/4 cup.
  • Serve as a breakfast 'cereal', serving size suggestion is 1/4 cup of grain free granola with 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk.
Option 1: NO sweetener
This recipe works without adding any sweetener. No need to add more oil. Roast the grain free granola like this. It is the perfect option for breakfast 'grain free cereal' bowl. Then, simply serve your grain free granola with nut milk and sweetened your breakfast bowl with natural sugar free sweetener like stevia or swerve. 
Option 2 : Maple Flavored Sugar-Free Syrup 
This coat the grain free granola perfectly, perfect to add natural sugar free sweetness and use granola either in desert like parfait or breakfast bowl. 
Option 3: Sugar free crystal sweetener
I usually prefer this option if I am using my sugar free granola with milk. I like this option less if I eat my granola as a snack as the erythritol won't spread as evenly as liquid sweetener above and leave bites of sweetener into the mix. However, I love this option for my breakfast as the sweetener release its sweetness really well into the milk. 
Freeze dried raspberry replacement: that is your best sugar free fruit but if you can eat some sweet use any dried fruits of your choice like goji berries, cranberries or apricots.
Not sugar free? Use regular maple syrup instead of sugar free sweetener, same amount and use any dried fruits you like instead of freeze dried raspberries. 
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Nutrition Facts
Low carb cereal recipe | grain free granola recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.6g22%
Potassium 4mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3.5g15%
Sugar 0.9g1%
Protein 4.8g10%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
Net Carbs 3.5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition panel is for 1/4 cup of low carb cereal recipe using sugar-free maple-flavored syrup.


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  1. 5 stars
    Never been fond of nuts and seeds but this recipe is delicious! I’m so glad I found it and decided to give it a try. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this granola recipe,but I added pumpkin pie seasoning. This is the absolutely best recipe. This is a certain keeper recipe! ????????????????????

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this deliciousness. I made it today, omitted the cashews and substited with pecans, didn’t have raspberries so omitted them. Also added freshly ground cardamon and sweetned all with crystal monkfruit. Oh my gosh, so delicious and so much less expensive to make than store-bought grain-free granolas. This recipe is a 10!!!

    • Thanks so much for the lovely feedback! Pecan are so delicious in grain-free granola, great idea! Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

  4. 5 stars
    I made this today! Wow! My intention was to use it to make my noatmeal a bit more exciting! I think it is going to be a great snack on its own as well! Thanks a bunch!

  5. 5 stars
    This granola is fantastic! The husband loves it, and regularly requests that I make it when he’ll be needing a little something extra for his training and running pursuits. Yum!

    • I love when husband are on board with my recipes ! thanks for trying my recipes and for this lovely feedback. XOXO Carine.

  6. 5 stars
    This has been delicious on yogurt, fruit, ice cream, and in milk. I’ve been missing cereal and this really hit the spot. The recipe is also really easy to customize without messing it up! I didn’t have almonds so I used pecans and added coconut chips as well. This recipe is definitely getting added to my regulars.

    • OMG! You made lots of my recipes today and I am so happy to read all your beautiful message. Thanks so much. XOXO Carine.

  7. Hi Carine, thank you for a wonderful recipe! I just made it now and I found that even after baking, it’s still a bit ‘wet’. Any ideas on what I could do to make it more clustery? I am not vegan, just following a keto diet, so I don’t mind eggs or anything else non-vegan you might suggest. Many thanks!

    • I am glad you love it. You can add an egg white to the mixture to make clusters if it is the texture you prefer. Enjoy the recipe. XOXO Carine.

  8. 5 stars
    This is so good!!!! I only used the nuts I had at the time. I think I added double the cinnamon. You can really roughly follow the recipe and it’s still delicious!

  9. 5 stars
    Love the way you work flakes and fruit into this gluten free keto friendly granola! Bookmarked for my next batch! Easy to know this will be five stars! Merci!

  10. 5 stars
    Carine, you are literally saving my life right now! I just had to go on a low carb diet for health reasons and was just white knuckling it through my sugar cravings. It was not a sustainable situation. I found your site a couple days ago and have already made 6 recipes. It’s my go to for when everyone else in the family is eating something yummy that I can’t have and I’m climbing the walls! I just made this recipe and licked the spoon dry of the yummy sauce (sweetened with Swerve in my case). It tastes like cookie dough to me and the kitchen smells like cookies are baking. The awesome thing is, it’s for me! Thank you, thank you!!! (Your chocolate peanut butter shake recipe… OMG…)

    • Hello! I am not sure you realize how much happiness you just send into my face 🙂 5 years ago I started this blog as I was also instructed to go on low carb/sugar free diet (prediabetes for my case). I had no idea that my recipes will help others but it makes me SO happy to read it actually does! I know how frustrating it could be to crave sweet and be left out on family dinner. That’s why there is so many sugar free dessert on my blog. Enjoy them and thanks for trying them out. Love from NZ, Carine.


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