Amazing & Super Crunchy Keto Granola

Description:

  • This gluten free, paleo and keto granola is simply super crunchy and a real flavor bomb. Think a killer combo of toasted nuts and seeds, all caramelized with one great and easy coating.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.

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, 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.

Information about Sweetner

  • 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!

Further Facts/Figures

  • 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. Sugar alcohols take a while to get back to their solid state (particularly xylitol!).
CUISINE: DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, KETO, PALEO
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 50 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES
SERVINGS:  15SERVINGS
CALORIES: 216 Kcal

Ingredients

For 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 seedslightly toasted
  • 8-10 tablespoonsSwerve or xylitol
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonblackstrap molasses (optional)**
  • 1/2 teaspooncinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • pink Himalayan salt to taste

Serving Suggestions as per Taste

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

Instructions

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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. Depending on the sweetener you use, these might get their full crunch after an overnight rest (think xylitol!).

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 Key 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.

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The given information is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice.

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