Cherry Pecan Grain-free Granola

Cherry Pecan Grain-Free Granola – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added, Paleo, Vegan, Easy Breakfast Snack Recipe

Medium |  Servings: 16  |  Ready In: 75 minutes |  Yield: 4 cups

This vegan grain-free sugar-free recipe uses dried cherry, pecans, and coconut for a healthy snack.  Containing no refined sugars or syrups, dried dates bring natural sweetness.  This recipe is kid-approved and adult-loved.


  • 2 tablespoons (13 g) ground flax meal
  • 6 tablespoons (3 oz) warm water
  • 1 cups (4 oz) raw pecans
  • 1 cup (4 oz) raw cashews
  • ½ cup (100g) pitted dates
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

How It’s Done:

Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make flax “egg”: Combine the flax meal and the 6 tablespoons warm water in a large bowl. Let sit 5 minutes to set.

To make Cherry Pecan Grain-Free Granola: Place the pecans and cashews into a food processor. Puree until crumbly. Add to the bowl with the flax meal mixture.
Place the coconut, cherries, and dates to the food processor. Puree until crumbly, about the same size as the cashew pecan mix. Add chopped cherry mix to the flax egg bowl.
Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl. Stir well to combine.

To bake: Spread granola mixture into a single layer on a baking sheet pan. Bake at 300 for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.
After 40 minutes, turn the oven up to 350. Stir again and cook until golden brown, another 7-10 minutes.
When the granola is golden brown, remove from the oven and let sit at least 10 minutes.

Keep in an open-air container for up to 5 days or make a double batch and freeze for up to 1 month.

Yield: 4 cups

Chopped cashews, pecans, cherries, dates, and coconuts come together in this oil-free, grain-free vegan recipe

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Nut-Free: Substitute pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for the pecans and cashews.

No Oil or Maple Syrup? I’m on a mission to get rid of empty calories.  This recipe uses a flax egg for moisture and dried fruits for natural sweetness, avoiding the need for refined oils or sugars.

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/16 recipes, about 1/4 cup)

Calories 184
Calories From Fat (65%) 119.68
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 14.3g 22%
  • Saturated Fat 5.65g 28%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 64.3mg 3%
  • Potassium 163.63mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrates 14.04g 5%
  • Fiber 3.27g 13%
  • Sugar 4.84g
  • Protein 2.9g 6%
  • Calcium 0.23mg <1%
  • Iron 18.59mg 103%
  • Vitamin A 5.33IU <1%
  • Vitamin C 0.05mg <1%

Shopping List

  • Sunrise Fresh Dried Fruit Company No Sugar Added Dried Dark Sweet Cherries, 16 oz. Bag
  • NOW Foods Raw Organic Cashews
  • Made in Nature Organic Sun-Dried Deglet Noor Dates (32 Oz)
  • 365 Everyday Value, 365 Pecans – Pieces, 8 oz


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