This keto granola recipe was actually developed by my husband (he was actually the better cook when we got married). He does really well on low carb diets and wanted to develop his own keto diet recipes for all the NOT grain-free recipes he usually loves. So he worked with a few inspirational recipes and “futzed” (his word not mine) until he had this easy granola recipe for those on a ketogenic diet, totally grain free.
We all go through various diets trying out new ways to get the body that’s been airbrushed on Instagram feeds. And while I can’t say I have had much success with any of the dieting trends, I can say that trying a new diet almost always leads to new recipes I like (there was one diet where we ate chicken every meal that I hated so much I didn’t keep a single recipe, but that’s the exception). So for keto diets my husband is doing the cooking and I just get to reap the reward of new recipes.
What is keto diet?
My husband took a sojourn into eating Ketogenic. That is mostly a fancy word for low-carb eating. The whole idea is to place your body in ketosis. This essentially places your body in a state where you are burning all your reserves because you have no readily available carbs to convert for energy. It’s the same basis behind the famous Atkins Diet. So we are talking low-carb, and high fat keto recipes and menu plans. He decided to try this out for a few weeks to see what it did for him. Like I said he does well on low carb diets, but really, I think, he watched a few You Tube videos that talked about its greatness.
Is granola a carb?
In all honesty, yes granola is a carb (that means it’s a carbohydrate). Traditionally, granola has oatmeal in it. That is a definite carb. But talk to a diabetic, you can’t remove all carbs from you life unless you eat only red meat. So yes granola is a carb, but how much of a carb is it?
Is granola good or bad for you?
The box cereal granola runs up to 45 grams of carbohydrate per serving –that s whole day’s carb allotment on a keto diet. My loves his granola, has is most mornings for breakfast. And if he doesn’t have granola he has cereal. You can see how it would be really hard to have a low carb diet if you want to drink milk and eat granola each morning. So began the search for some better options, rather keto granola. Taking a cue from the very popular paleo diet the granola became nuts and coconut and no oatmeal. In the end it’s a tasty mix all on its own. Even if you can’t call it granola in the traditional sense, but you can call it homemade granola, so that’s a good second.
At the end of his diet experiment, we got some great meat marinades, a few tasty vegetables and this easy keto granola recipe. The weight lose we did not get–but in all fairness I didn’t try very hard after 11 am every day. I prefer to practice my intuitive eating methods that way no foods are off limits. Which means I can totally eat this with whole fat milk if I want. My husband had some weight loss, but he couldn’t give up his milk. And that is a keto diet no-no.
Easy Ketogenic Granola
a gluten-free, paleo-friendly and grain-free version of homemade granola that doesn't use oats.
- 1.5 cups almonds chopped
- 1.5 cups walnuts chopped
- 1.5 cups cashews chopped
- 1.5 cups shredded coconut unsweetened
- 7 tbsp sugar substitute Lite Sweet preferred
- 5 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
In a large bowl toss the ingredients together
Spread the mixture over the baking sheet to create as thin and even a layer as you can
Bake in the over for 15-25 minutes or until the mix begins to brown
Allow the pan to cool completely, this could take up to an hour. Serve with milk or milk alternative of your choice.
Can be stored in a container for up to 2 weeks, include a paper towel to absorb extra moisture if you don't live in a desert climate.