Homemade Vanilla Granola

homemade granola in an open air-tight jar

Here's an SCD and Paleo legal version of my Vanilla Almond Homemade Granola. Instead of oats, it uses a variety of ground nuts.  Soaking the nuts overnight makes them easier to digest, and drying them at really low heat preserves the valuable nutrients they provide. 

If you're counting calories, I need to warn you this granola is probably not for you. It's made up of 4 different types of nuts, which while high in good fats, definitely tap in high on the calorie scale!

This granola tastes delicious sprinkled over yogurt with fresh fruit, or with a little almond milk.

It's useful to use a food processor for nut chopping in this homemade granola!


Don't let the cook time fool you. Dehydrators are a great tool to set and forget your recipes. Plus, they have the added benefit of being their very own air freshener. There are not many better smells than fresh granola drying with vanilla!

Plating / Eating

Place the granola over yogurt or simply add some almond milk for a nutrient dense breakfast that can give you energy for the entire day.

Homemade Vanilla Granola


SERVES: 4 cups

Cuisine: American

Category: Snacks

PREP TIME: 720 mins

COOK TIME: 1440 mins TOTAL TIME: 2160 mins


  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon golden flax seeds (omit for SCD)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup honey, melted
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla
3/4 teaspoon sea salt (plus 1 teaspoon for soaking water)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raisins


  1. Soak all of the nuts in enough water to cover them and mix in 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover, and soak overnight, changing out the water one time. Soak the sunflower seeds in a separate bowl, following the same procedure as above.
  2. Drain the nuts and seeds and place on a paper towel to absorb the remaining water. Keep half of the sunflower seeds separate.
  3. Place all of the nuts and half of the sunflower seeds in the bowl of a food processor. Grind them until they resemble the size of oats.
  4. Add in the coconut oil, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, sea salt. Pulse until combined.
  5. Next, add last half of the sunflower seeds and the flax seeds and pulse once or twice, until they are roughly chopped and mixed into the nut mixture.
  6. Remove the blade, then mix in the shredded coconut with a spoon. Turn the mixture out onto 3 parchment covered dehydrator trays. Spread it evenly into a thin layer.
  7. Dehydrate on 120 degrees for 24 hours, turning twice. The granola may feel a little sticky and wet when you first remove it, but will crisp up after cooling.
  8. Stir in the raisins, then let cool completely before storing in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.

Dehydrating is my preferred method  for making this granola, but you could probably bake the granola in your oven at its lowest setting for 2-3 hours, or until completely dried and free of all moisture.


Keywords: breakfast, gluten free, paleo, scd, snacks, dehydrator, homemade, vanilla