Granola has previously received a bad rap due to its high sugar content.  However, there is always a way to refine a recipe and make it healthy!  This recipe is free of added sugar, wheat and gluten and does not lack flavor.  In less than 30 minutes you will have a tasty, nutrient dense granola perfect for breakfast or a snack on the go!


  • 1 c raw almonds
  • 1 c raw walnuts
  • 1 c raw pecans
  • 1 c raw cashews
  • 1 c dried tart cherries (or other dried fruit of your choice)
  • ½ c raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ c chia seeds
  • ¼ c honey
  • ½ c unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • Dash of sea salt


Pre-heat oven to 325 and line baking sheet with parchment paper or tinfoil.  Place almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews in food processor and pulse 8-10 times.  Add sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and sea salt to the mixture and transfer to a large bowl.  Warm coconut oil and honey to form a liquid and mix together.  Pour over granola mixture and stir until all ingredients are coated evenly.  Spread evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, add dried tart cherries, stir and bake for another 7-10 minutes or until the granola starts to turn golden brown.  Remove from oven, stir one more time and let sit until the granola has cooled.

Enjoy over yogurt, ice cream, mix in with oatmeal or a smoothie or eat a handful for a quick grab n’ go snack!

Bridget Baxter