Grain Free Granola

Recipe posted in: Snack
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Over the past several years, the average granola has transformed from a wholesome, nutritious snack into a packaged product packed with sugar. These days, most people can’t imagine the cereal without dried oats, puffed rice or sweet honey. Store-bought granola is oftentimes a diet disaster wearing the mask of a healthy snack. In this recipe, we say bye-bye to grains and hello to clean ingredients that fit into your low carb meal plan.

Though this recipe isn’t completely free of carbs, it’s packed with fiber and nutrition for a healthier take on the classic granola. Almonds, coconut, pecans and sunflowers seeds take the place of oats, rice and dried fruit. A mixture of egg whites, sweetener and spices hold everything together without sticky, sweet honey or corn syrup. Make a batch of this Grain Free Granola and portion it out into small bags or glass jars. It’s the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack for your busy schedule!

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To make this grain free goodness, get started by preheating your oven to 300 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together two large egg whites, a quarter-cup of granulated erythritol, one teaspoon of vanilla, one teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon of salt. This will be flavorful binder of your granola mixture.

Next, measure out your nuts and seeds. In our recipe, we use one cup of sliced almonds, one cup of flaked coconut, one cup of chopped pecans and one cup of raw sunflower seeds. Stir the nuts and seeds into your egg-mixture and mix well to evenly coat all of the ingredients. Spread the granola in a thin, even layer on the prepared sheet pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Once golden, remove your granola from the oven and allow it to cool completely in the pan before breaking into clusters and transferring to an airtight container.

Pro tip: Not a fan of the nuts, seeds and spices that we use in this recipe? Not to worry! This granola is very versatile and you can switch up the components with what you enjoy or have on hand. Swap sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds, almonds for cashews or coconut for cacao. Just make sure to keep track of what you add to stay within your diet guidelines.

One serving of this Grain Free Granola contains 171 calories and 10 grams of net carbs. It counts as two Healthy Fats on the South Beach Diet program. Healthy Fats are essential to your low carb meal plan, fueling your day and keeping you satisfied. Make sure you’re getting enough Healthy Fats in your menu by logging your food intake into the South Beach Diet Tracker app. Whether you’re on our Keto Friendly plan, Diabetes plan or South Beach Diet Success plan for maintenance, it’s the best app to keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle. Still have questions about Healthy Fats? Click the link below for everything you need to know!

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Phase: Weight Loss Phase, Weight Maintenance Phase

Servings: 8 (1 serving = ½ cup)

Nutrition Information

  • 2 Healthy Fat

Ingredients:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¼ cup erythritol-based sweetener (granulated)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together egg whites, erythritol, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the almonds, coconut, pecans and sunflower seeds. Mix well to coat everything in the egg white mixture.
  4. Spread the granola in a thin, even layer on the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden.
  5. Allow granola to cool completely in the pan before breaking into clusters and transferring to an airtight container.