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Grain-Free Granola

Awhile ago our family did the GAPS diet, which means no sugar and no grain (among other things). I thought I would miss sugar the most, but that wasn’t the case at all.  I was actually pretty okay without it.  I think it might have to do with the huge amount of probiotics I’d been consuming.  Has anyone else experienced this?  A reduction in sugar cravings when you eat more probiotics?  But I did really miss starches and grains.  So, this recipe for GAPS granola was a lifesaver.  And it was a hit with people not even on GAPS!

My mom was in town for a month and gamely stuck to the diet with us.  She felt great, lost some weight and her arthritis was hardly bothering her at all where it had been quite bad before.  She declared this the best granola she had ever tasted, with or without grains!  I must admit, we’re all pretty crazy about it, and still eat it, even off GAPS.  The original recipe is from the Internal Bliss cookbook, but I modified it quite a bit, so I’ll share our version here:

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Grain-Free Granola

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 3-4 cups dried coconut large flakes
  • 1/4 cup honey warmed if necessary
  • 1/8 cup oil something mild, like safflower
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup dried fruit pieces apricots, apples, date, raisins, cranberries, &c.
  • coconut flour optional


  1. Mix everything but the fruit and coconut together.
  2. Spread it out on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake it at 350°F for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Mix in the coconut and give it another 5 minutes, but keep an eye on it and stir it every few minutes as it browns quickly.
  5. If you like, toss the dried fruit pieces in coconut flour so they didn’t stick to each other and clump up in the granola.
  6. Mix in the dried fruit and pour yourself a big bowl and enjoy!

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We think it's soooo yummy.  Let me know if you try it and love it too!

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  • Love this recipe! And I tweeked it a bit for a membrane and blood sugar stabilizing boost:

    Substitute ingredient:
    Organic, homemade ghee for the oil
    Dried blueberries for the fruit
    Added ingredients:
    1/2 cup walnut and pecans
    1 tsp Electrolyte water
    Dash black pepper
    Dash tumeric powder
    Dash cayenne pepper to taste
    Added directions:
    Whisk ghee, electrolyte fluid, honey, cinnamon, salt, pepper, cayenne, and tumeric separately, then toss by hand into the nuts.

    A delicious, alternative recipe with a hint of sweet and spicy! Namaste

    KM2 May 15, 2016 AT 9:41 am
  • Was looking for a nut free option to send to school with homemade gaps yoghurt. Winner! My daughter helped to make this and loves it. From a girl who wouldn’t eat pepitas or sunflower seeds pre gaps! Thanks

    Louise January 28, 2016 AT 1:32 pm
  • stopped craving sugar and carbs in general when I added more fat to my diet. Gaps diet is pretty high in fat, so, I would think it’s that more than the probiotics, although increasing beneficial bacteria by probiotics would reduce the pathogens that crave and use the sugars and carbs so maybe a combination of both…

    JP Edwards February 19, 2014 AT 3:16 pm
  • I just made this and it’s amazing! My roommates came home and said it smelled like Christmas :) I’ve missed granola while following the GAPS diet and this made me so happy!! I can’t wait to try it with my homemade coconut milk

    Ashley February 15, 2014 AT 7:16 pm
  • My friend made this for me and it is the best bowl of breakfast ever.

    Lorne April 21, 2013 AT 8:50 pm
  • Probiotics are good for treating yeast overgrowth, and sugar cravings can be (though aren’t always) connected to yeast overgrowth, so it makes sense that it wasn’t hard for you to give up sugar. Thanks for sharing! I have issues with gluten and oats, but I love granola. Glad for another recipe to try.

    L April 21, 2013 AT 3:25 pm
  • What a great recipe! I would love to make this for my Mom. Do you think I could use arrowroot powder in place of coconut flour?

    Angela Vullo April 4, 2013 AT 10:29 am


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