This crunchy low carb granola is loaded with sweet and savory flavors that work so wonderfully together to create a great snack or even better protein packed cereal. It is amazing and easy to make ahead in big batches for grab and go snacks or a quick breakfast.
Since following a low carb diet and Trim Healthy Mama, there are a couple things I have missed. Two of those are my late-night crunchy snack and breakfast cereal. I have always been a fan, as childlike as it sounds, of those boxes of sweet cereals. I loved them for breakfast and yes as a snack before bed.
Thankfully, I know now that the boxes of cereal we used to buy at the stores are loaded with all the things that did not do my fluffy body any favors so I avoid them.
But I also have a little guy that loves cereal and would eat it three times a day with toast if I let him, and sadly there may have been a time or two I’ve let him do so. Yes, I had created a mini me when it came to those store bought boxes and now I needed to to fix it fast!
Making the Granola
I came up with this recipe on the spur of the moment one day. I was trying to make a crunchy and sweet snack to keep in snack baggies. We are always on the go, and I was looking for something that would keep well, and be easy to grab and go. I call these purse snacks!
This recipe could not be easier, I mean trust me. It is so simple that I am kinda embarrassed to call it a “recipe”. This granola consists of ingredients that are easy to find in your local grocery stores and it is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Here’s What You Need:
- Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Sliced Almonds
- Erythritol Sweetener of choice
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
As you can see, this cereal has just a few ingredients, and most can be found in your local grocery stores. I use Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chips that I find locally, but if you can’t find those, just use what you can find in your store or just chop up an 85-90% dark chocolate bar and add that!
The coconut flakes and almonds are amazing by themselves but the chocolate chips just set this over the top! The chocolate chips are totally optional of course, so you can also leave them out completely if you can’t find them.
To prepare the granola just add all the coconut flakes, sliced almonds, oil, and cinnamon to a lined baking sheet and mix well. Place the granola in a preheated oven and bake for about 12 minutes, watching closely. After that time, take the granola out and stir well and put in back into the oven until it reaches a nice golden brown.
You can let this brown as much as I did or pull it out sooner if you don’t want it as dark but the nutty flavor that comes with this dark golden brown is heavenly.
Remember to keep your eyes on it, and I do mean watch it closely because this mix can go from light brown to burned in an instant. I am pretty sure a “burnt flavor” cereal is not a desirable taste for any family.
After you remove it from the oven let the mixture cool completely before adding in your chocolate chips. If you add them while the granola is still hot they will all melt, but really how could that be bad, right?
I let mine melt one time (was in too big of a rush, imagine that) and when it cooled, the melted chocolate had coated some of the granola forming some small clusters.
Oh my, were those little nuggets tasty! Come to think of it, maybe I should let them melt more often! Whether you let your chocolate melt into the granola or leave it out completely, I hope you give this recipe a try it soon, believe me, you won’t regret it if you do.
Granola or Cereal?
After making my first batch, I remembered reading on Facebook that one of my friends like eating her granola for breakfast. So, I gave this granola a try with some almond milk, and boy was that amazing!
Now my granola had become our new “cereal”. We can’t imagine not having this staple in our home, now!
I’d love to hear from you guys if you’ve made this recipe and if it has helped you give up sugary cereals too. Oh, and come find me below on my social media pages so we can stay in touch!
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A crunchy and satisfying low carb and grain free granola recipe that makes a great quick and easy snack or breakfast.
- 3 cups of Unsweetened Coconut (big flakes)
- 6 ounces of sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup of sugar-free chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons of THM Super Sweet (or any Erythritol/Stevia Blend)
- 2 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- In a large bowl toss together the nuts, flaked coconut, oil, salt, sweetener, and cinnamon until all the cereal is coated well.
- Pour the granola onto a baking sheet and spread it out evenly into one layer. Tip: for easier clean up you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Bake the granola for 10 minutes then pull it out and stir it before spreading it out again. Bake for an addition 8 to 10 minutes until the granola is golden brown. Watch it carefully to avoid burning.
- Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool completely then add the chocolate chips and mix.
- Store the finished granola in a dry cool place.
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