Coconut Cashew Crunch Grain-Free Granola is made with simple ingredients like cashews, sunflower seeds, coconut, hemp seeds and chia seeds. So it’s not only grain-free, but it’s packed with protein, fibre and healthy fats!
- 1 cup cashews, raw
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, raw hulled
- 1/2 + 1/4 cup toasted coconut slices, divided (see note)
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds/hearts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cashew butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, virgin, cold-pressed
- 1 tbsp honey
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut, flaked or medium desiccated, toasted (see note)
- 1/2 cup dried tropical fruit
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, add the cashews, sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup coconut slices, coconut sugar, hemp seeds and chia seeds. Pulse until mixture is crumbly but some chunks of nuts and seeds remain.
- In a small microwave safe dish, add the cashew butter, coconut oil and honey and microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stir mixture until smooth.
- Add cashew butter mixture to granola mixture and pulse until combined.
- Spread the granola mixture out on the prepared baking sheet and press down on the top. Sprinkle the top with a pinch of salt.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges of the granola are browned. Do not stir the granola while baking.
- Remove the granola from oven and let cool on the baking sheet. Do not stir.
- Once cooled, break apart into clusters and stir in the toasted coconut, dried fruit and remaining 1/4 cup of coconut slices. (You may want to chop up the coconut slices).
- Store granola in an airtight container on the counter.
- You can find toasted coconut slices at bulk food stores. I usually buy a large bag at Costco.
- To toast the unsweetened coconut (not the slices), spread the required amount out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake on 350 degrees for 4-5 minutes, or until browned. It toasts quickly, so keep an eye on it.
- The dried tropical fruit is totally optional and I’ve made it with and without the fruit. If you want to keep this granola strictly clean eating, try to find a fruit mixture with minimal sugar added.
- This recipe was inspired by Clean Eating Magazine’s recipe for Grain-Free Nut and Seed Granola from it’s April 2018 issue.
Keywords: Granola, Cashews, Coconut, Breakfast