Crunchy (Top Secret!) Grain-Free Granola 🥄 gluten free & keto

Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal

‘Top Secret’ Keto Granola 🥄

Suuuper Crunchy! ⚡

Yes, we’re fully aware that the minute we pressed ‘publish’, this recipe stopped being top secret. Still. Once upon a time, when we were a physical little bakery, this ‘top secret’ keto granola was one of the best sellers. Along with our candied pecans, which incidentally use the same topping. Coincidence? We think not!

This keto granola is simply suuuper crunchy, even after soaking in almond milk for 10 minutes (!!), and a real flavor bomb. Think a killer combo of toasted nuts and seeds, all caramelized with one great coating.

The credit goes to? Our sesame ‘sugar’ (now no longer) top secret coating!

Oh, and this keto granola is an ideal pairing with ice-cold almond milk and raspberries. And allowing the granola to soak in the milk for a few minutes will flavor it as well (good stuff!). But it also goes great with Greek-style yogurt and strawberries, if that’s your thing.

The Secret Ingredient: Sesame Sugar (i.e. Halva)

We borrowed the sesame sugar coating from our favorite candied pecan recipe ever. The lightly toasted sesame seeds add such an incredible depth of flavor and aroma. And once mixed in with the sugar and the cinnamon, an incredible coffee scent will arise. And expect such coffee earthiness to be present in the actual keto granola too.

And if you know the Middle-Eastern sweet treat halva, a mix of sesame and sugar, you won’t think twice about whipping these guys up asap.

Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal

A Nutritional Powerhouse 🏠

This keto granola is a breeze to customize to your taste-buds desires. Having said that, just make sure to keep the dry to wet ratios roughly the same. And we highly suggest you leave the coating unchanged.

So here’s a run through of what goes into it, and the nutritional perks we know you’ll love. And at 3g net carbs (and 18g fat!) the macros are pretty ideal.

Almonds: are one of the preferred keto nuts, and with reason. They contain a bunch of healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamin E and magnesium.

Pecans: are very rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (mainly oleic acid) and full of antioxidants (reduce inflammation and reverse damage) and manganese (useful for weight loss).

Sunflower seeds: are incredibly rich in a bunch of nutrients, namely vitamin E, copper and vitamin B1. But you will also find that these guys are a great source of manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, niacin and vitamin B6. Yup, ideal!

Pumpkin seeds: are little nutritional powerhouses, just like sunflower seeds. Their nutrient profile includes magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. But they’re also very rich in antioxidants, for that extra boost.

Chia seeds: are simply awesome. These tiny Mexican guys pack a whole lot of protein and add a whole lot of crunch. Chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants. So if you’re on keto, and having trouble passing (you know, 💩), chia seeds are bound to become your new best friends.

Flax seeds: are a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, but also good for fiber, vitamin B1, copper, magnesium, selenium and phosphorus. Whoop!

Sesame seeds: are jam packed with healthy fats, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B-6.

Blackstrap molasses (optional): 1 teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs (depending on your macros, very little effect on carbs/serving). But carbs aside, blackstrap molasses is a nutritional powerhouse rich in vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

Cinnamon: ranks number 1 (out of twenty-six other spices and herbs) in terms of its antioxidant capabilities. Plus, who doesn’t love cinnamon?

Pink Himalayan salt: is highly recommended on the keto diet, and with reason. It contains roughly 84 minerals and trace elements, so a real upgrade from your usual table salt. Plus, it amps the flavors a bunch in this keto granola.

Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal

The Deets 🔍

Keep in mind that giving a light toast to a handful of the nuts and seeds will amp up their flavors a bunch, so we cannot recommend enough that you get it done. And yes, we know that they’re going in the oven for an hour… but they’ll be going in candied, so you want to get that toast before.

Still, doesn’t take more than 5 minutes with a pan or skillet. Just be sure to keep an eye on them, as you only want them lightly golden.

Also, you’ll want to bake your granola for around an hour to get it nice and crispy. Having said that, sweeteners do not behave the same as sugar. And we’ve noticed that with either xylitol or erythritol (Swerve), the granola crunches up completely overnight. Weird huh?

The Sweetener 🍯

Like any respectable candied recipe, this one works best with a brown sugar replacement. And what we like to do is mix either Swerve or xylitol (same amounts) with a teaspoon or two of blackstrap molasses for that brown sugar kick.

But then again, feel free to sub in with something such as Sukrin Gold. Though must say, we’re rather fond of sticking to the more natural route with blackstrap molasses. It adds 0.5g of carbs per serving and a whole load of punch. But it’s totally optional, and you can just use your regular sweetener.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal
Suuuper Crunchy Grain-Free & Keto Granola 🥄 3g net carbs #ketocereal #ketogranola #lowcarbcereal

'Top Secret' Grain-Free & Keto Granola

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Ketogenic, Paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 216 kcal

This keto granola is simply suuuper crunchy and a real flavor bomb. Think a killer combo of toasted nuts and seeds, all caramelized with one great coating. 

Print

Ingredients

For the keto granola

  • 105 g almonds lightly toasted*
  • 95 g pecans
  • 75 g sunflower seeds lightly toasted*
  • 60 g pumpkin seeds lightly toasted*
  • 110 g chia seeds
  • 56 g flax seeds
  • 60 g sesame seeds lightly toasted
  • 8-10 tablespoons Swerve or xylitol (we use 8)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon blackstrap molasses optional**
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • pink Himalayan salt to taste

Serving suggestions

  • almond milk ice cold!
  • full-fat Greek style yogurt
  • raspberries
  • strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F/120°C. Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. 

  2. Mix almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds in a large bowl. Set aside. 

  3. Lightly toast sesame seeds over medium/low heat for 4 to 6 minutes. Watch out they do not burn, or they'll taste bitter! You know they're ready when they're lightly golden, and you press one between your fingertips and it turns to powder. 

  4. Add sesame seeds, Swerve, molasses (optional) and cinnamon to a food processor and pulse a couple times until powdered and mixed thoroughly. 

  5. Add sesame sugar to nut mix and combine thoroughly. Set aside

  6. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold gently into granola mix until fully combined. 

  7. Spread granola onto prepared baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle with pink Himalayan salt. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until they begin to harden, checking every 15 minutes or so. Allow to cool completely, as they'll continue to crisp up while cooling. These also get even crunchier overnight. 

  8. Break up in chunks and store in an airtight container for up to a week, in the fridge for 2, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Recipe Notes

*Lightly toasting the almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds lightly in a pan or skillet brings out the best in them! So we highly suggest you get them golden and fragrant before tossing with the mix. 

**Feel free to sub in the sweetener with something such as Sukrin Gold for that brown sugar kick. Though must say, we’re rather fond of sticking to the more natural route with blackstrap molasses. It adds 0.5g of carbs per serving (it's packed with nutrients), and a whole load of punch. But it’s totally optional, and you can just use your regular sweetener.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Please note that nutrition facts are estimated for 45g of the keto granola, which is roughly 2/3 cup. 

Nutrition Facts
'Top Secret' Grain-Free & Keto Granola
Amount Per Serving (45 g)
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Potassium 225mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 13.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

SaveSave

15-Minute Gluten Free & Keto Tortillas ? Suuuper pliable, just 1 egg, & 2g net carbs!

15-Minute Grain-Free Tortillas 🌮 gluten free & keto

By Paola / 2 months ago / 89 Comments
15-Minute Keto Tortillas 🌮 Suuuper pliable, just 1 egg, & 2g net carbs! 💁🏿 We're very (very) excited to share this recipe for grain-free keto tortillas with you. And note, that we don't take excitement lightly. And note numero 2, we're...
Paleo & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛

Grain Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛 gluten free, keto & paleo

By Paola / 2 months ago / 63 Comments
Grain Free & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛 Ready in 30 💨 We’ve got grain free keto cinnamon toast crunch, and we’re (most definitely!) sharing. Here’s your childhood’s cereal bowl dream, low carb and with all non-processed ingredients. And most definitely,...
Gluten Free & Keto Pie Crust

Suuuper Flakey Cream Cheese Pie Crust 🍰 gluten free & keto

By Paola / 3 months ago / 64 Comments
Cream Cheese Gluten Free & Keto Pie Crust Suuuper flakey 💁🏿 Flakey is an adjective you only want attached to your pie crust. And this is exactly what this recipe will yield. A flakey, buttery, and super tasty gluten free...
Vegan, Paleo & Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte ?

Suuuper Creamy Pumpkin Spice Latte 🎃 gluten free, keto & vegan

By Paola / 3 months ago / 14 Comments
Pumpkin Spice Latte 🎃 Suuuper Creamy ☁️ This homemade vegan, paleo & keto pumpkin spice latte is the definition of fantastic. You get all your fall flavors, perfectly balanced, with no artificial ingredients in sight. Plus, you'll definitely get more bang...
Gluten Free, Keto & Paleo Pumpkin Cupcakes ?

Suuuper Tender & Moist Pumpkin Cupcakes 🎃 gluten free, keto & paleo

By Paola / 3 months ago / 19 Comments
Gluten Free & Keto Pumpkin Cupcakes 🎃 Anyone else craving pumpkin everything this week? Blame it on the plunging temperatures, but we've already been overindulging in pumpkin spice lattes (gf, keto, paleo & vegan!). And now we're onto suuuper tender and...
14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion ??

14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion 🙅🏿🍕🍔🍰

By Paola / 3 months ago / 4 Comments
Accidental Gluten Ingestion 🙅🏿🍕🍔🍰 14 home remedies to try ASAP 💨 Chances are, no matter how careful you are, you will fall pray to accidental gluten ingestion at least once in your lifetime. After all, cross contamination is a real thing. Symptoms...
The 10 Best Low Carb Natural Sweeteners ?

The 10 Best Low Carb Natural Sweeteners 🍯

By Paola / 3 months ago / 10 Comments
Let's start off by saying that we're lucky to live in a time when great low carb natural sweeteners are aplenty. Long gone is Splenda's rule, as stevia and erythritol sweeteners in several forms have taken over the market. And, while...
Gluten Free & Keto Hand Pies ??? 3 Ways: Mascarpone Pumpkin, Chocolate Ricotta & Blackberry Almond

Gluten Free & Keto Hand Pies 🍓🍫🎃 3 Ways

By Paola / 3 months ago / 13 Comments
Gluten Free & Keto Hand Pies 3 Ways 🍓🍫🎃 As you probably know by now, we'd been working for a while on a true keto pie crust, and a couple weeks back we finally nailed it. And, while we've focused...
Keto Buttercream Frosting From Scratch ?

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting From Scratch ☁️ gluten free & keto

By Paola / 3 months ago / 20 Comments
Cane & Keto Buttercream Frosting ☁️ i.e two ways ✌🏿 Full disclosure, we aren't weren't buttercream people. More like remove-the-frosting-from-the-cake sort of peeps. That is until last week, when we discovered this frosting (a tip from a friend, tyvm). And...
Super Creamy Coconut & Vanilla Frozen Yogurt ?

Suuuper Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream 🍦 gluten free & keto

By Paola / 2 months ago / 19 Comments
Keto Vanilla Ice Cream 🍦 Suuuper Creamy This keto vanilla ice cream is ridiculously creamy and fragrant. Plus, it won't freeze rock solid, like your usual homemade ice cream. The trick? A touch of booze. And by a touch, we...

7 comments

  1. Kathy says:

    Is that 105 almonds, or 105 grams of almonds? I’m assuming grams, but you left it off the ingredient listing.

    • Paola says:

      Ohhh whoops the g seems to have fallen off while importing..! Thanks for the heads up Kathy! xo Paola

  2. Stace K. Morgan says:

    I meant to thank you for the candied pecans! We made them for Thanksgiving and EVERYONE devoured them in minutes! That topping is really excellent! Will be making this for sure over the weekend thanks again! Stace

  3. Kim Radcliffe says:

    Thank you for this delicious granola. My husband loves it and it now replaces his high-sugar breakfast, sprinkled over yoghurt. The recipes I have tried have all turn out beautifully. Can’t wait to try more!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *