Nut-Free Paleo Granola

This grain-free, nut-free, vegan and low sugar granola will satisfy your sweet breakfast cravings. It is a Paleo-friendly snack or cereal option that combines sunflower seeds, raisins, flaxseed, chia seeds, and a bit of coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.



I have had a hankering lately for SOMETHING – and that something has evaded me greatly – until I made this Nut-Free Paleo Granola. At 9 pm every night after an exhausting yet fulfilling day at home with my girls, I feel depleted. Sometimes emotionally – but often times nutritionally. My body will crave something undefined, and I always take that as a sign that deserves some attention.


Well, last night after a big bowl of this Nut-Free Paleo Granola standing over my kitchen sink while having an important conversation with my husband on how we will ensure our children leave our grip with awareness, acceptance and with boundless confidence. It’s crunchy, a little sweet and nourishing – and it is so much more affordable than purchasing pre-made granola which is often much higher in added sugar.


This Paleo Nut-Free Sunflower Granola includes: 

  • Raw Unsalted Sunflower Seeds: you can source organic raw sunflower seeds affordably at most stores and on Amazon
  • Ground Golden Flaxseed Meal: You can buy this pre-ground, but it’s much easier to find whole golden flaxseeds that  you can grind at home in a blender or coffee grinder.
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds: for added protein, fiber, magnesium and bigger crunch. It’s hard to find these without sunflower oil
  • Chia Seeds: add protein, fat, calcium, and manganese.
  • Coconut Oil: helps bind everything together when baked.
  • Maple Syrup: to add sweetness to your granola and create a brittle-like texture as it bakes
  • Vanilla Extract: for that delicious vanilla flavor of course!



Nut Free Paleo Granola



Nut-Free and Grain-Free Granola couldn’t be more simple to make either. You are just mixing everything together in a bowl (try not to eat all of it before it goes in the oven because it’s goooood), pressing it into a parchment lined baking sheet, and baking until lightly golden. Let it cool completely for at least 45 minutes before breaking up with your hands.


You can eat this granola for a snack or you can use it to top smoothie bowls, salads, or enjoy as a cereal with your milk of choice. Yes, it’s an energy dense cereal, but that’s what makes it so nourishing. The energy is not coming from processed sugar or blood sugar spiking grains but from organic, high quality and nutrient dense seeds.


Other inclusions you can add (I wanted to keep this recipe as simple as possible!)

  • Unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • Other chopped dried fruit like apricots, dates, currants and cranberries in place of the raisins
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and ginger


If you’re looking for a completely AIP Granola, please check out these recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Granola (guest post on Autoimmune Wellness)

Sweet & Crunchy Kale Granola 



Nut Free Paleo Granola






AIP Instant Breakfast Cereal (and it’s really, really delicious!)


aip oatmeal


Breakfast! How did you grow up enjoying this meal? We mostly had breakfast cereal because mornings were rushed, and I have to say my twin sister and I were moderately obsessed with cereal up until our early twenties. I remember one time in college we both couldn’t sleep and we walked into the kitchen at the same time to have a bowl of Toasted Oatmeal Flakes. Glad those days are over.


One of the first things my husband and I bonded over was our childhood love of Cracklin’ Oat Bran, and how we never met another person that wasn’t 82 that liked it. There’s just something so comforting about sitting down with a bowl of cereal and milk. Maybe it’s pulling on the strings of nostalgia or something about the cold milk and the crunchy lightly sweetened cereal. And then we have oatmeal – I used to demolish a bowl of Instant oatmeal every morning. I topped it with cinnamon, bananas and blueberries and microwaved those little Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets – yeesh. Where the heck was my protein in the morning?


I seriously didn’t start eating protein for breakfast until I went Paleo and it squelched my blood sugar swings, so now I always include some protein at breakfast every day. Even if it’s a scoop of collagen protein in my smoothie or coffee or mug of broth. There are some mornings when I’m just not in the mood for leftover dinner for breakfast though and want something a little more familiar to my yesteryears. And now there’s a new AIP-Friendly Instant Farina that fills that void! I tried this cereal 3 times this weekend to be sure I loved it enough to recommend it! 


INTRODUCING….AIP INSTANT FARINA by Pure TraditionsThis AIP Instant Breakfast Cereal is made from just 5 ingredients: coconut, tigernuts, konjac root, cinnamon and sea salt! It is a finely ground powder that you add hot liquid to (like water or coconut milk) and let sit for 2 minutes as it thickens. The less water you add, the thicker the porridge which is how I like it! It tastes like Cracklin’ Oat Bran, in fact, so I’m a huge fan! I am super impressed with the taste!My only complaint is the serving size is small, so if you want to make it a filling meal you definitely need to top it with some hearty fruit like bananas and berries. I would also serve it with a side of bacon or a protein smoothie so you are eating it with protein too.WHAT I LOVE

  • Low in carbs if you prefer a lower carb diet
  • High in fiber which may be helpful if you have constipation
  • Unsweetened for an anti-inflammatory, low-sugar diet
  • Super convenient for traveling or busy mornings
  • Kid-friendly – convincingly the texture of oatmeal
  • Sold by Wild Mountain Paleo which offers over 100 AIP products that after often cheaper than Amazon sells them for!


  • Small serving size – I would say it’s more like 3 servings per bag rather than 6 servings as stated on the label. Still a good price at only $2.50 per serving of high quality ingredients and a convenient option! On AIP, having a few convenient options is worth its weight in gold.
  • Konjac root may be irritating on a gut sensitive to fiber – it’s a small amount and is used to help thicken the porridge when liquid is added. I found it helped stimulate a bowel movement and with Hashimoto’s, constipation occurs at times, so I didn’t mind this side effect. 

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Warm Banana Instant Oatmeal

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:02 Serves 1


  • 1/2 cup Pure Traditions Instant Farina
  • 1/3 cup warmed coconut milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana, sliced and lightly sauteed in coconut oil
  • shredded coconut, for serving


  1. Combine Farina and coconut milk in a bowl with the maple and cinnamon.
  2. Let sit 2 to 3 minutes to thicken.
  3. Top with sauteed banana slices and shredded coconut. Serve warm.