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Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Granola

I like to have some cold breakfast options readily available for busy days spent outside – and for muggy mornings that I don’t feel like turning the stove top on for fried eggs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Soak8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon granola recipe, grain-free granola, soaked granola
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 3 cups raw sunflower seeds chopped finely (I pulse mine up quick in the food processor)
  • 3 cups raw Brazil nuts chopped finely (I pulse mine up quick in the food processor)
  • 3 cups raw pecans chopped finely (I pulse mine up quick in the food processor)
  • 2 TB sea salt
  • 4 cups unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 2 cups coconut flour
  • 1 quart applesauce I use my homemade, but store bought organic works too
  • 2 TB almond extract vanilla would work too
  • 1-2 TB ground cinnamon My homemade applesauce has cinnamon in it so I don't use as much - if you use store bought applesauce you may want to use more
  • ½ - ¾ cup raw honey
  • 1 cup avocado oil or melted butter or coconut oil
  • 5 small/medium apples chopped (I just pulse them up quick in my food processor!)


  • The first step will be soaking your nuts/seeds. You can either soak them over night and then dehydrate your granola all day the next day. Or you can soak them all day, and then get the granola into the dehydrator overnight. Put the chopped raw nuts/seeds and the sea salt into a large mixing bowl and add water to the bowl until it covers the nuts/seeds by a good inch. Set the bowl in a warm area of your kitchen for 8-12 hours to soak (I put mine under the light in my oven because it is so cold here). The soaking process makes the nuts/seeds much easier on your digestive system to break down and makes more of their nutrients available to absorb!
  • After the nuts/seeds have soak put them into a strainer to drain while you get the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl or container (I use my large stockpot to mix the granola since there is so much! You could use something as large so you can mix up the granola easiest).
  • Add the drained nuts/seeds to combine with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Spread the granola mixture out onto your dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 105-110 degrees about 8 or so hours – I like to dehydrate overnight – the smell when you wake up in the morning is pretty amazing! If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can spread the granola mixture out onto baking sheets and bake at your oven’s lowest temperature until it is dried out. You will need to stir the granola around every half hour but it does work just as good and I did it this way for years!