Crispy Keto Granola, ready in minutes! (Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Paleo & Vegan)

Irresistibly crisp Keto cinnamon granola without oats/grains, dairy, eggs or sugar! A low-carb and Paleo recipe that’s easy to make in minutes on the stovetop. No oven required! Grain-Free, Low-Carb Granola (paleo, keto, vegan)

Easy (Super Crispy) Homemade Keto Granola!

Traditional granola is a mixture of oats, sugar, butter and egg whites! Well surprise surprise 😉 I don’t use any of those ingredients lol.

This easy-to-make Keto Granola has:

  • No grains (oats)
  • No sugar
  • No dairy
  • No eggs

But it’s STILL full of crispy, crunchy, cinnamon-packed FLAVOR that is hard to resist.

It’s simple and quick to make in a matter of minutes! You won’t believe how EASY it is.

This may be your new favorite breakfast. Eat it on top of yogurt, berries, or with almond milk as a bowl of cereal 😉 (Yummm! I have missed cereal since cutting grains and processed food!)

And bonus – It’s high in protein and nutrients for a healthier low-carb granola you can feel good about!

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Easy Shortcut Method: SKILLET

No oven needed! This recipe is all done on a stovetop! (YES it really works!)

  • No waiting for the oven to preheat.
  • No waiting for the granola to bake.

This is MUCH easier, much FASTER. So simple!

Literally throw everything in a skillet and cook it.

Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes until your house is filled with the aroma of cinnamon sugar and toasted nuts. Ahhh, it’s so warm and comforting.

Then let it cool on a piece of parchment paper (so it doesn’t stick to your pan). Then break it up into CLUSTERS however big or small you like (Big clusters are my fav!!) Grain-Free, Low-Carb Granola (paleo, keto, vegan)

No oats?

If you follow a Keto or Paleo or gluten-free diet, oats are a no-go.

They’re high carb, can hurt your digestion and are often cross-contaminated with gluten and/or cross-reactive (meaning your body basically treats them as gluten). I discovered years ago that oats were causing me major digestive distress, so I sadly had to give them up forever.

Since traditional granola has oats as the MAIN ingredient, it’s been a long time since I got to enjoy my beloved granola.

BUT, I figured out how to replicate the taste and texture of granola and oats without any grains! (similar to my “N’Oatmeal” Pumpkin Cookies and “Oatmeal” Protein Cookies recipes)

Not only is it oat-free, but it’s also MUCH lower carb (under 1.5 carbs per serving!), but still DELICIOUS.Grain-Free, Low-Carb Granola (paleo, keto, vegan)

What are the ingredients?

It’s made with NUTS and SEEDS (including coconut flakes, one of the magic ingredients!)

Nuts provide that crunch that you crave, while coconut gives a flavor and texture similar to oats. (If you don’t like coconut, don’t worry– it does NOT taste like coconut. Seriously.)

Toasting the nuts and adding a granulated sweetener gives that CRISP irresistible texture to the granola that I love SO MUCH.

Adding sweetness, butter flavor, cinnamon and salt creates a flavor explosion!! THOSE CLUSTERS ARE SO HARD TO RESIST.

Good luck not shoveling this granola straight from the pan into your mouth, lol (guilty as charged)Grain-Free, Low-Carb Granola (paleo, keto, vegan)

Customize it!

This recipe is FLEXIBLE and customizable!

Here are the nuts and seeds I used. You can adjust to your own tastes and preferences. (Just keep the same overall quantity)

  • 1 cup pecans (my favorite nut because of their softness and delicious flavor! They’re BFFs with cinnamon)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (another soft nut that crisps amazingly when toasted)
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds – I use pre-roasted) 
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers (you can also use whole almonds if you break them down in a food processor) 
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened – this is a key ingredient, but you can use less if you prefer)Grain-Free, Low-Carb Granola (paleo, keto, vegan)

Want even MORE flavor customization?

Swap the cinnamon for another spice:

  • ground ginger
  • nutmeg/allspice/pumpkin spice –yasss!
  • or a pinch of cayenne if you like it spicy!

Change it up with extracts and flavorings (add these to the oil at the beginning):

  • cacao powder
  • matcha
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • maple extract

Add extra MIX-INs after it’s cooked, like:

  • chocolate chips/white chocolate chips (sugar-free)
  • dried fruit like raisins or mango chunks (for non-keto)
  • cacao nibs, chia seeds, … the possibilities are endless!Grain-Free, Low-Carb Granola (paleo, keto, vegan)

Sweetener Options (Sugar-Free or Not!)

This recipe uses Lakanto classic granulated monk fruit sweetener (available here. Use code PRETTYPIES at checkout for a 20% discount)

A dry granulated sweetener gives the granola a crisp sugar-coating. Monk fruit granules have the awesome ability to melt when heated (just like real sugar!), which makes it the ideal sweetener for this granola.

I haven’t tried pure erythritol (Swerve) but that may work, too.

If you’re not low-carb/keto/sugar-free, you can sub coconut sugar (or regular white sugar).

Maple syrup or sugar-free maple syrup is another option, although it’s best for oven-made granola, not skillet (since it can take longer and be more wet/sticky).Grain-Free, Low-Carb Granola (paleo, keto, vegan)

The BEST Keto Cereal!

One of my favorite ways to eat this granola is just like a bowl of cereal!! Especially since I haven’t been able to eat “real” cereal in years because it messes with my stomach.

Add some unsweetened almond or cashew milk and it ALMOST tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. YUM.

If cereal’s not your jam, add it to yogurt or a bowl of berries and whipped cream! (dairy-free whipped cream recipe found here)

Are you ready for the EASIEST, quickest, granola that is Keto, Paleo & Vegan friendly?! YESS! Don’t forget to comment and leave a rating if you try it! 🙂 ENJOY!

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Keto Granola (Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

Crispy flavor-packed granola without any grains/oats, dairy, eggs or sugar! Easy to make in just minutes.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: grain-free, keto, no-bake, sugar-free
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Emily

Ingredients

  • cup  pecans
  • 1/4 cup walnuts *or other nuts/seeds, see above
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 4-5 Tbs Lakanto granulated monk fruit or coconut sugar for non-keto
  • 2 Tbs buttery coconut oil or other neutral oil
  • 1/2  tsp  cinnamon
  • Pinch of pink salt

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet on medium. Add oil and let it melt.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse pecans and walnuts a few times until coarsely ground into medium pieces (similar size to the other nuts and seeds)
  • Add pecan/walnuts pieces and all remaining ingredients to the skillet and stir well to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden and fragrant.
  • Pour granola onto a sheet of parchment paper and let cool. Break into clusters and transfer to a jar. ENJOY!

Notes

Serving Size: This makes about 10 x 1/4 cup servings (just over 2 1/2 cups total)
This recipe can easily be doubled, but you would need 2 skillets to cook it.
Alternate Cooking Method:  Bake at 325 for about 10-15 minutes, stirring halfway through. (oven times vary. watch it closely to prevent burning)
To store: keep in an airtight glass jar for 1-2 weeks, or 2 months in the freezer.
To customize it: See post above for variations/flavors/mix-ins.

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Approximate Macros via Cronometer for 1/4 cup serving

  • Cal 188
  • Fat 19 g
  • Total Carb 9.9 g
  • Fiber 2.4 g
  • Sugar Alcohol 6
  • Net Carb 1.43 g
  • Protein 3.4 g

6 comments

  1. Kellie Byers says:

    This looks very yummy. What is monk fruit? Is there an alternate? Also….I REALLY hate coconut, lol…..can I just leave it out or does it ‘do’ something to the recipe?

    Thanks.

    • Emily says:

      Hi! Monk fruit is a fruit grown in Asia that is 100-200x sweeter than sugar. It’s sweetness is extracted into a zero calorie sweetener. You can read more about it here: http://bit.ly/2Kj7NbI It’s my new FAVORITE sweetener. I use it (in various forms) for everything now. (don’t forget to use code PRETTYPIES to save 20% at Lakanto.com if you wanna try it!)

      Yes, you can leave out the coconut. But to me, that’s what mimics the flavor of oats. It still works and is yummy without 🙂

      Let me know if you try it. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Kristy Shaw says:

    oh! I am in LOVE with this granola. So good and so easy! I used 4 T granulated erythritol and it was fab. Have to watch closely at the end though, so it doesn’t burn! 5 minutes was perfect. I turned down the heat though at about 3.5 minutes. Can’t wait to do another batch using pumpkin spices/nutmeg, etc. Also, I’m not usually a fan of walnuts, so i did half walnuts, half sunflower seeds. THANK YOU!! <3

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