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Paleo Muesli – Grainless Granola {Vegan,Gluten-Free}

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Crunchy and naturally sweet, this coconutty Paleo Muesli is a hardy and delicious grain-free breakfast. An easy recipe using dried fruit and maple syrup, these delightful paleo granola clusters are also vegan and dairy-free. When you need a quick on-the-go snack or breakfast, grab a container of paleo granola and you’ll be satisfied until lunch!

a glass bowl of paleo muesli with blueberries

I used to think that muesli meant “cereal for old people” because my grandparents always ate it. Then I went to Europe as an adult and realized that muesli just means “cereal”. So…I felt like an idiot.

This paleo muesli could also be called gluten-free granola, paleo granola, grainless granola, or paleo cereal. You can call it whatever the heck you want, but I promise you it will be love at first bite.

Even better, it’s sooooo much cheaper than buying it premade at the grocery store. We tried a brand at Costco to see how we liked it and it was $15! To make this paleo cereal more affordable, either buy the ingredients in bulk or buy them in the bulk section.

A full bag of hemp hearts can seem like a budget breaker, but if you get just enough from the bulk section to make this recipe, it can be super affordable. And if you want to be totally crunchy AF, take along your Zero Waste Produce and Bulk Bin Shopping Bags.

Hey, your inner hippie is showing. And I kind of love her.

Can You Have Granola on a Paleo Diet?

Yes, but not traditional granola that is made with oats and other grains. While delicious, oats are a no go on a paleo diet. 

To replace the texture of oats, we’re using chopped nuts to give you an amazing crunch and flavor. It’s so awesome.

What Ingredients Are in Paleo Muesli?

  • Nuts – use whatever you have hanging around (TWSS). I used a mix of almonds and cashews
  • Liquids – maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla (related: How to Make Vanilla Extract)
  • Cinnamon, because you’re worth it
  • Extras: unsweetened coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts
  • Freeze-dried strawberries

If there is an ingredient that you don’t have or you don’t love (coconut seems polarizing!), feel free to leave it out or sub in something else you’d love.

Nuts, seeds, strawberries, and other ingredients for making paleo muesli

How Long Does Homemade Muesli Last?

Stored in an air-tight container, your paleo cereal will last for three weeks at room temperature. But dollars to donuts, you’ll eat it all before then.

Here’s How to Make It

*Detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of the post.

Pulse the bigger ingredients in a food processor until there is a nice mix of small and larger pieces. Pro tip: no food processor? Chop the nuts with a sharp knife.

Nuts and seeds in a food processor for making paleo muesli

In a microwave-proof mixing bowl (this is the one I have and I love it and use it daily!), combine coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Microwave for 30 seconds to melt the coconut oil. Pro tip: measure the coconut oil first and then the maple syrup will slip right out of the measuring cup. 

Combine the chopped nuts, coconut oil mixture, and other ingredients (except strawberries) and stir to combine.

ingredients in a mixing bowl for making paleo muesli

Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pro tip: for a mix of textures, spread out some of the mixture and keep some in thicker clumps. Bake! Add strawberries when it comes out of the oven.

paleo granola on a baking sheet with strawberries for making paleo muesli

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Between you and me, it would be a damn shame to not add some chocolate chunks to some of this grain-free granola. If you need dairy-free, add in a few pinches of Enjoy Life Chocolate chunks and go out and live your best life.
  • Feel free to sub in ingredients that work best for you/are things you have in your pantry. 
  • You can use honey in place of the maple syrup, but please note your paleo cereal would no longer be vegan.
  • The paleo muesli won’t get really crispy until it full cools.

a bowl of paleo muesli with strawberries and a bowl of blueberries

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5 from 4 votes
Paleo Muesli - Grainless Granola {Vegan,Gluten-Free}
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Crunchy and naturally sweet, this coconutty Paleo Muesli is a hardy and delicious grain-free breakfast. These delightful paleo granola clusters are also vegan.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Paleo Cereal, Paleo Granola, Paleo Muesli
Servings: 12
Calories: 180 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. Pulse the nuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds in a food processor until there is a nice mix of small and larger pieces. Pro tip: no food processor? Chop the nuts with a sharp knife.

  3. In a microwave-proof mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla. Microwave for 30 seconds to melt the coconut oil. 

  4. Combine the chopped nuts and seeds, coconut oil mixture, and other ingredients (except strawberries) and stir to combine.

  5. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pro tip: for a mix of textures, spread out some of the mixture and keep some in thicker clumps. 

  6. Bake for 15 minutes and then stir. If the mixture doesn't look very toasty, bake another 5 minutes. 

  7. Add strawberries when it comes out of the oven.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to sub in ingredients that work best for you/are things you have in your pantry. 

 

You can use honey in place of the maple syrup, but please note your paleo cereal would no longer be vegan.

 

The paleo muesli won't get really crispy until it full cools.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Muesli - Grainless Granola {Vegan,Gluten-Free}
Amount Per Serving (0.33 cup)
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 485mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 292%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 36.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments on “Paleo Muesli – Grainless Granola {Vegan,Gluten-Free}”

  1. Love this recipe! It’s simple, easy, and delicious. Even with all of my food allergies (yep, I’m one of “those” people), I can eat everything in this. Who says I can’t enjoy breakfast, just because I can’t have gluten, dairy or eggs? Not this girl! Thanks, Sarah!

  2. Just made this, limited pumpkin seeds, added more almonds. LOVE, this recipe. It will probably be put into the rotation of breakfast food that’s not cearel. Thank you for posting!

  3. Ok I made this last night. It is freakin delicious! I made the recipe exactly except for the strawberries, because apparently those little buggers are hard to procure in normal grocery stores. I felt like Indiana Jones searching for the holy grail. Anyway, make this immediately. You won’t be disappointed. My only issue was there may be a bit too much coconut oil because I baked it for a good 10 minutes more than needed & it was still not as dry as I felt it should be. Since gluten has become my enemy & I can’t tolerate even GF oats, I’ve been searching for a good granola recipe, this is it!!

    • Thrilled you enjoyed it Izzy! Cook times are always relative because every oven (and texture preference) is different. So glad you were able to make it work for you and I wish you lots of happy GF breakfasts to come!

  4. This stuff is AH-mazing! I was gifted a sample when a friend returned a container. She had seen the post I shared on Facebook with this recipe and decided to make it!  WOW! SO delicious! ( I may have had a hard time not eating the whole container full of Paleo Muesli in one sitting!)                                 I’m finally printing out the recipe and plan to make and eat some for breakfast with my chia pudding and fresh berries! YUM!