Mountain Family Paleo Granola {Grain and Gluten Free}

Paleo Granola

Are you looking for a recipe for tasty, properly prepared, grain free granola? Well, you have come to the right place. Our Mountain Family Paleo Granola is yummy for any belly and is acceptable for those eating Paleo.  This recipe is grain and gluten free.

We live in the mountains where there is plenty of physical activity: hiking, biking, climbing, and all the beautiful sight-seeing that you can imagine. Every mountain family and those who want to visit the mountains need a great granola recipe right?

,And yes the view you see here is just minutes from my home.  I am very blessed to live in such a gorgeous part of the country where I can see sights like this on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, with three littles I haven’t gotten out as much as I would like to in order to do all those fun mountain things.   But, I know families who do all the time (even with little ones).  Our time is coming though, I can’t believe how fast our children are growing.  Maybe next summer we can take some tubes down the river and relax as the current carries us.


It is important when eating nuts and seeds, like in this paleo granola recipe, that they are properly prepared.  By soaking your nuts and seeds overnight, you will deactivate enzyme inhibitors which keep seeds from sprouting prematurely.  These enzyme inhibitors also make nuts and seeds extremely difficult to digest when they are not properly prepared.  It is also beneficial to add a tsp of salt and when nuts have been pasteurized (most are unless otherwise stated) you can also add a tsp of whey or apple cider vinegar to “wake up” your pasteurized nuts in the soaking water.  This process will activate enzymes helpful in allowing your foods to be properly digested.

Soak all the nuts and seeds in this recipe overnight in a mason jar with filtered water that covers your nuts,  at least 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of whey or apple cider vinegar if the nuts are pasteurized.  

If you want some plain nuts for snacking later, you can dehydrate them in a food dehydrator and still keep their raw properties or you can dry them in the oven on a low heat.

Soaking of nuts and seeds is an tradition of our ancestors that has been lost in our modern culture.  Most “ready to eat” nuts and seeds that you will find in the grocery store have not been through this process unless otherwise marked.

Mountain Family Paleo Granola Recipe


1 cup each of your favorite soaked nuts and seeds (I like to use Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds cashews and almonds)

1/4 Cup of good quality Coconut Oil Melted — I really like this brand

1 1/2 Tsp of salt — Get it here.

1 tsp vanilla ( I like to make my own)

a shake or two of cinnamon


Preheat your over to 250 F.

Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl.  Yes, I just leave my nuts wet from soaking the night before and mix everything together.  Make sure the oil covers everything evenly.

Spread on a baking pan and place in the oven for several hours.  Baking time often varies on if you’ve used whole almonds or sliced and how much you are able to spread out your mixture.  Stir contents every few hours to allow to brown and dry.  I like mine lightly golden brown and it often takes 3-5 hours drying out in the oven.  Just check it and stir from time to time and take it out when nuts and seeds are dried and beginning to lightly toast.




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