Grain-free Granola

This recipe for grain-free granola is adapted from the Make It Paleo cookbook. It’s a little high maintenance because you have to soak the nuts overnight and then oven dry them the next day. It’s a process, but it’s worth it. Overall, it’s easier than the traditional granola I’ve made, which involves a sticky mess and lots of stirring. You can make a lot of modifications to the type of nuts and dried fruits you use — just play with it.

Soaking the nuts removes phytates and makes them more digestible. You can read more about that here.


  • 1 Tb sea salt
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup dried cherries, cranberries or raisins


Soak the nuts and seeds overnight in water and 1 Tb salt.

Drain and rinse in the morning and spread over 2 large baking sheets. Dry in an oven set to 110-170 degrees for ~8-10 hours, stirring or shaking the pan a few times.

Once dry, coarsely chop nuts and combine with coconut, dates and dried fruit in a large canister. Enjoy with coconut milk, on top of Kite Hill almond milk yogurt, with chia pudding or by itself!

About Dr. Maren

Christine Maren D.O., IFMCP is a board-certified physician and the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami, a platform dedicated to helping women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood. She is best know for her work in thyroid, gut and reproductive/ preconception health. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Read more

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