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My low carb and grain-free Birthday Cake Granola is an amazing protein snack that would make the perfect afternoon pick me up or cereal to start your day. It is so delicious and the mix is packed full of healthy nuts, coconut flakes, and tasty sugar-free sprinkles.
Low Carb Birthday Cake Granola, Yes Please!
This quick and easy granola is made with three types of nuts, two varieties of seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, sugar-free sprinkles that I found on Amazon, butter, and sweetened with a Monk Fruit Sweetener.
It is so tasty that it would make a great healthy afternoon snack for you or the entire family and it works wonderfully as a breakfast cereal.
Also, if you are like me, you can also use it as a topping for yogurt, ice cream, and more! Once you give this recipe a try you’ll see just how versatile and delicious this Birthday Cake Granola is!
You guys, homemade granola is about as easy as it gets and if you’ve made it before then you know there are so many flavor variations and ingredient options for customizing it to fit your taste buds.
If you’ve never made your own granola at home before, then what are you waiting for? Trust me, friends, make this recipe because you’re in for such a treat!
Although this version is my take on a birthday cake flavor the possibilities are endless. You’ll fall in love with this granola process and find yourself making it often.
Here Are The Ingredients For This Homemade Granola
This recipe is my take on a “Keto” Birthday Cake Granola that I found and purchased at my local Sam’s Club. You may have seen it in your club as well it runs about $13.00 for 22 ounces in my area.
I did a taste test with my husband over on my YouTube Channel and then demonstrated in that same video how I created this recipe and made that prod starting point.
So, here are the basic ingredients that you’re going to need and we’ll talk more in a minute about how to customize the granola.
- Unsweetened coconut flakes – you can find this on the baking aisle of your local retailers such as Walmart. I like to get the bigger flakes when I can find them. I believe Bob’s Red Mill’s brand has the larger flakes but I can no longer find them locally so the shredded variety works just fine. Just make sure you are grabbing the unsweetened kind to avoid those unwanted sugars.
- Sliced almonds – either the sliced almonds with skins still on or the blanched and sliced almonds will work, just make sure they are in their raw form and unsalted.
- Sunflower Seeds – sunflower seeds can easily be found already shelled usually in the nut section or near the salad toppings in retail stores. I have yet to find unsalted at my stores so this is the one item in this mixture that I use that is salted.
- Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) – the pumpkin seeds that have already been shelled are a lovely green and can be found in the raw unsalted form in bulk stores, online, or in health food stores. They bring some beautiful color to your granola. If you only have access to the salted variety make sure you use unsalted butter or use coconut oil to reduce the sodium somewhere else. Nobody will enjoy overly salty granola.
- Pecans – raw unsalted pecans can be located don’t the baking aisle of most stores and can be purchased in many forms such as chopped, pieces, and whole halves. I usually go for the pieces or halves and break them up myself for bigger chunks.
- Hazelnuts (Filberts) – hazelnuts are also called filbert nuts and can be harder to find in grocery stores so I typically pick mine up in my local health food store or in the bulk section of stores like Whole Foods when I can make it there to shop. If you are a fan of hazelnuts like I am then after you are done here with this recipe be sure you hop over and check out this recipe for Keto Nutella Fat Bombs from Primal Edge Health that use them!
- Monk Fruit or your favorite sweetener– these sugar alternatives work great in this granola. Since they are sweeter than regular can sure it only takes a few tablespoons to reach the perfect sweetness.
- brown sugar – just the smallest amount! The molasses flavor from the brown sugar adds SO much to the recipe
- Salted butter or Coconut Oil – yep, salt salted butter! Since this is sweet granola you’ll have your sweetener of course but the salt will just bump the flavor and sweetness up a level so don’t skip that step. Now if you need to be dairy-free for fasting or dietary reasons sub out the butter for coconut oil.
- Vanilla and Almond Extract – I love using vanilla in the mixture but sometimes I’ll also throw in a little almond extract because most cake recipes that you see for weddings and birthdays tend to have almond flavoring in them. However, it is not my favorite flavor at all so I only add it when I’m sharing this granola with other families in our homeschool group. So go for it if you like the almond flavor or leave it out, either way, you’ll still have a delicious product. Just start with a really small amount like 1/8-1/4 teaspoon if you do opt to use the almond.
- Keto Rainbow Sprinkles – okay, let’s talk about sugar-free sprinkles. Are they necessary? Well no, not really but they are a fun ingredient to have on hand and add to things like granola or cakes and cupcakes for celebrations. The only ones I’ve been able to purchase are on Amazon and they are truthfully a bit pricey for my blood so they will never be something that I purchase often, but I’ve seen recipes from other bloggers like this one that will help you make some at home. These can be left out if you would like.
Crunchy and sweet vanilla granola loaded with healthy nuts, coconut, and sugar-free sprinkles that is perfect for snacking or breakfast cereal.
- 7 ounces of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 5 ounces of raw slices almonds
- 4 ounces of raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
- 4 ounces of raw unsalted hazelnuts (filberts)
- 3 ounces of shelled sunflower seeds
- 3 ounces of pecan pieces
- 4 tablespoons Monk Fruite Blend
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of Sugar Free Sprinkles (optional)
- Large baking sheet
- Spoon or Spatula for Stirring
- parent paper to line baking sheet
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheight.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and add all of the coconut and nuts to the baking sheet.
- Toss all the ingredients to combine them and sprinkle over the sweetener, melted butter, and vanilla. If using the almond extract add it now as well.
- Stir the granola thoroughly so that all the ingredients are combined and then spread it as evenly as possible on the baking sheet. If needed for this amount of granola you may need two baking sheets.
- Place the Birthday Cake Granola into the oven and bake for 10 minutes watching carefully then remove the granola from the oven and toss thoroughly and return to the oven.
- Bake for another 6 to 8 minutes or until it has reached the golden brown color you desire. At this point in baking continue to watch it closely because it will burn quickly if left unattended.
- Remove the grain-free granola from the oven and let it cool completely on the baking sheet. Once cooled add the sugar-free sprinkles if you are using them.
- Break up the granola and store it in airtight containers.
Serving Size1/3 Cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 206Total Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 4mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 6.3gNet Carbohydrates 1.8gFiber 4gSugar 1.4gSugar Alcohols .5gProtein 4.8g
I am not a nutritionist. If you have strict dietary needs I always recommend using an online nutrition calculator to calculate your totals using your exact brands you're using in this recipe as values may vary per brand.
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