Grain-free Keto Granola
Low carb grain-free granola with nuts, coconut, spices, and sweetened without sugar. Made in a skillet on the stove, it requires very little work and can be ready in minutes! Hooray for a keto granola recipe!
Is Granola Keto-friendly?
Granola is one thing that is enjoyed as a topping and is honestly a staple in the American diet. After doing a quick google search, I learned that Americans spend an astonishing $2 billion dollars annually on granola products. WHAT IN THE WORLD? I mean, I know that there are umpteen options in the different aisles but that figure is shocking.
Unfortunately, most granola is absolutely loaded with sugar. If it is not loaded with sugar, it most likely will sell for a short time, die a slow death and then be clearanced out. People like what they’re used to. Unless, of course, they find a different way to enjoy granola.
Years ago (probably about 2008) there were several blogs that I followed. I saw a lady make granola and that was the era when I didn’t know how to make much of anything in the kitchen. So, even that simple recipe looked mind-numbing and while I repeatedly looked at it, I don’t think I ever made it. However, it impressed me that she made her own granola.
Choosing Low Carb Ingredients for this Grain-free Keto Granola Recipe
For people living a low carb lifestyle, granola is pretty much out the window since it is usually comprised of oats. I do enjoy oats sometimes because they are lower on the glycemic index, but they are not low carb. So, they don’t make for a great “low carb” ingredient.
In my mind, pecans, and coconut needed to be part of a low carb grain-free granola recipe. However, I find walnuts to be a tad bitter, so they were not a solid option.
How to use Grain-free Granola
There are many uses for keto friendly granola. Think of it as a topping.
-Add it to some plain kefir.
-Use it as a topping for smoothie bowls.
– You can use it in a parfait with berries and plain Greek yogurt.
– Use it as a topping for breakfast foods like Low Carb Souffle Pancakes, Low Carb Dutch Baby , Chaffles or even Chocolate Chaffles.
-As a topping for low carb ice cream (like Halo Top).
Ingredients for this Low Carb Granola Recipe
Ingredients needed for this keto-friendly granola recipe include:
- Coconut oil
- Monk Fruit Sweetener (Lakanto is my favorite brand!)
- Sliced almonds
- Pecan pieces
- Unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Ground Cardamom
Tips for Making Homemade Granola
When making granola, there are several methods, but this one keeps it to one pan and a quick process that takes literally minutes.
The longest part of this process is making the syrup. To make the syrup you combine coconut oil and monk fruit sweetener (or your favorite low carb sweetener) and heat it in a skillet on medium heat. Once the sweetener melts and a syrup forms you add the rest of the ingredients except for cinnamon and cardamom. Then mix everything together quickly, sprinkle the spices over. Only cook the granola on the stove until the coconut flakes start to toast (lightly brown). Remove the grain-free granola from the heat and allow it to cool. I suggest laying it out on a cookie sheet or a plate so that the heat can escape.
It is literally one of the easiest things to make!
Where Do You Find Cardamom?
It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I heard of cardamom. My friend, Becs, had a spice collection that would make anyone drool. Not only was this spice collection carried across the world from Tennessee to China, but it contained spices that most people had never heard of.
The rule of cardamom is: a little goes a long way.
Once I met the flavor of cardamom, I’ve never looked back. It is delicious in sweet baked goods. Usually, ground cardamom is used in baked goods. Cardamom is also found in a lot of Indian curries. For those recipes, they use cardamom pods.
Here’s the thing, shop around to find the best price. I recently stopped by Sprout’s Market and was shocked to see in the same spice aisle how different the price points were for it! It ranged from $2.62/oz to $5.52/oz.
If you don’t have cardamom, here are some ideas as to where you can find it.
- Specialty grocery stores (Sprouts, Whole Foods…)
- Bulk spice sections of grocery stores
- World Market / Cost Plus ($3.99 for 1.8oz)
- Spice stores (not as common, but some areas have them!)
- Indian grocery stores – This will often be your best price!
- Internet shops like Amazon
I’ll be honest, I’ve been using the same container of cardamom for several years. I picked it up at a bulk food store and paid about $2.10/oz. A little truly goes a long way. Err on the side of using less than more.
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For THM friends, this is an (S)
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Monk Fruit Sweetener* (Lakanto brand is preferred)
- ½ Cup Almonds Thin-sliced
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut Flakes
- ½ Cup Pecan pieces
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- ¼-½ tsp Cardamom (ground)*
- Pinch salt
- In a little bowl, mix cinnamon and cardamom.
Cooking the Grain-free Granola
- Heat a skillet on medium. Add coconut oil and monk fruit sweetener.
- Stir constantly and allow a syrup to form. Make sure that the monk fruit sweetener melts in the heated coconut oil.
- Once a syrup is formed, add mixture of nuts and coconut. Stir continually to coat all pieces with the syrup.
- Sprinkle spices over the granola and add a pinch of salt.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes until the coconut and almonds begin to toast (light brown).
- Remove from heat and pan. Allow to cool before serving.
- Store cooled granola in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.