This cocoa fig homemade granola recipe post is sponsored by Nuts.com, but I only recommend products and services that I have personally tried and believe are of value to my readers. All opinions in this post are my own.
This easy and healthy homemade granola recipe is sugar free, paleo, vegan and filled with crunchy clusters of natural goodness!
Breakfast should be filled with protein to keep you full–not sugar heavy cereals to make you crash later in the day. That’s why I love that this granola recipe has no added sugar, just the natural sweetness of figs, cacao nibs and a hint of stevia. I find that I do much better, feel full and have more energy when I leave out sugar in the morning.
However, if you like a little more sweetness in your homemade granola, I’ve added a substitution for a little honey.
Affordable Pantry Ingredients from Nuts.com
Nuts.com invited me to be part of their “Pantry in a Box” program. The idea was that they would send me several ingredients and I would have to come up with a recipe using as many of the items as possible— Yea, kind of like Chopped (one of my favorite shows!). Luckily though, they didn’t send any weird ingredients like fish heads or rocky mountain oysters like they do on Chopped.
Nuts.com offers an insane variety of organic, raw, vegan, paleo ingredients at an affordable price. Don’t be fooled by the name, they have a lot more than nuts like grain-free flours, snacks, seeds, baking supplies, dried fruits, coffee, tea and more! You can check them out here.
For the “Pantry in a Box” program, Nuts.com sent me a box containing the following pantry items:
- Organic Peeled Tiger Nuts
- If you’re not familiar with tiger nuts, they are actually not a nut at all! They are technically a tuber in the same family as root vegetables like potatoes. They have a nutty coconutty taste and are full of fiber.
- Organic Raw Cacao Nibs
- Cacao nibs come from the raw unprocessed cacao beans (where chocolate comes from). They have all the chocolatey flavor without any added sugar!
- Organic Golden Flax Seeds
- Organic Unsweetened Coconut Chips
- Organic Turkish Figs
- Cashew Flour
- Chlorella Powder
- Leek Powder
When thinking about what I would make with these ingredients, I figured a granola recipe would be perfect and would incorporate a lot of the items. I was especially excited to include cacao nibs and figs into a granola recipe, which I’ve never done before.
It turns out that adding figs and cacao nibs to granola results in total deliciousness! Enjoy!
Cocoa Fig Homemade Granola Recipe (Sugar-Free, Paleo, Vegan):
Pre-heat the oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine the tiger nuts, coconut flakes, pecans, cacao nibs and cocoa powder and mix together. Leave the figs out of the mixture until after it has baked.
Boil 1/4 cup of water and set aside off the heat. In a separate small bowl, put in the flax seeds, then pour the boiled water over the flax and mix. Wait about 2-3 minutes for the flax to congeal.
Once the flax has congealed and looks gummy, add the remaining wet ingredients to combine with the flax and mix thoroughly.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl and mix. Then spread the granola mixture over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until the nuts and coconut flakes are crispy.
While the granola is baking chop the figs into small bits. Once the granola is finished baking remove from the oven, then add the figs to it and mix. Let cool and enjoy!
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