Grain-Free Cranberry Walnut Granola

November 17th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

It’s my favorite week of A Gluten-Free Holiday, because we’re celebrating with Gifts of Good Taste! Alta from Tasty Eats at Home is hosting this week, so head on over here for her delicious edible gift recipe and enter to win a copy of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Peter and Kelli Bronski.

When I think about giving edible gifts at the holidays, I’ll be honest. I usually focus more on taste than health. If I give someone a platter of cookies or muffins, the last thing I want them saying after I leave is, “ugh, not another crunchy health cookie from Hallie!” While I think my super healthy cookies and “power truffle” experiments are delicious, I understand that many people are not used to eating the way that I am and that they may consider a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free treat to be a far cry from the usual iced sugar cookie.

So when I can come up with recipes that are packed with nutrition while still tasting fantastic and having wide crowd appeal, I’m stoked. And if they store well and make a pretty gift, I’m even happier.

This grain-free granola fits the bill for all of the above. High in healthy fats and protein while being low-glycemic, it also keeps well for at least a week at room temperature (but never goes un-eaten for that long!)—making it an excellent gift idea. And who doesn’t love munching on crunchy, chewy granola clusters?

Of course, if you’re already set on your gift ideas and you just want to whip up a batch for yourself, have at it. I love crumbling a handful of this over applesauce or acorn squash puree for a quick snack. If you can tolerate a little dairy, it would be equally delicious with some organic plain yogurt.

Remember, there are plenty more great gift ideas to be had over at Tasty Eats at Home! Find a delicious treat to give away this season or link up your own ideas. If you’re just joining us for A Gluten-Free Holiday, here’s a recap of the past two weeks:

Check out these other great gluten-free gift ideas, too:

Grain-Free Cranberry Walnut Granola

Inspired by this recipe from The Spunky Coconut

Makes about 4 cups

1 ½ cups raw walnuts, roughly chopped

½ cup raw almonds, roughly chopped

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¼ cup blanched almond flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tablespoon honey or dark maple syrup

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

20-25 drops liquid stevia

½ cup dried cranberries (preferably fruit juice-sweetened)


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the walnuts, almonds, coconut, almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, honey, flaxseed, and stevia. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined.

Spread the mixture out on the baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes with a spatula, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and stir in the cranberries. Allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


  1. A perfect granola for. . .ME!! Love that it’s grain-free. Can’t wait to try this out, Hallie! :D

  2. Hallie, what a beautiful photo and an awesome recipe! I love grain-free granola! I think I will make a batch of this up this weekend to have something good to munch on while we are cooking next week!

  3. This looks really delicious! I hope to gather the ingredients and make some this week end!

  4. Yum! I’ve never made grain-free granola, I think Ill have to try your recipe. I am with you on making sure your holiday treats taste good. It’s a great way to gradually win people over to the power truffle team :) By the way, do you ever soak your nuts/seeds and then make granola? Would love your opinion! Thanks!

    • Maggie – I haven’t tried soaking before making the granola yet, but I hope to at some point. I do soak nuts for other things quite often, though, for things like frosting and snacking. :)

  5. Yum! “Grawnola” like this costs a fortune to buy – so great to have a homemade recipe!

  6. Sitting in a hotel room right now WISHING I had this for breakfast. Yum!

  7. Hi There Hallie~

    Just a quick note to share I featured your clever recipe on my monthly round-up. :-)

    Be Well,

  8. Fabulous! Making it again today this time with almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans……sending it to grandchildren in SC! We are all on G.A.P.S. so this is a fun treat:0)

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