Oh boy. I can’t wait for you to try this granola! I just perfected the recipe this morning and had to get it posted right away. As the name implies, it is chock-full of nuts and vanilla, as well as coconut. This granola has just a tiny bit of sweetness. As I’ve written about before here, I have an unfortunate sensitivity to sugar, which causes increased inflammation in my body and leads to joint pain and swelling. I can tolerate only very small amounts of sugar before beginning to feel the negative effects. Not very exciting stuff, but it has inspired me to create new recipes as I search for satisfying and delicious foods without the sugar.
Hence, Vanilla Nut Granola. The perfect breakfast or snack food, without all the sugar found in just about every brand of grocery store granola! The terrific flavors come from cashews, pecans, and coconut (which does have a smidge of sugar all on its own), along with cinnamon and vanilla. A little salt sets off the nut flavors perfectly. Tigernut flour, arrowroot starch, gelatin, coconut oil, and cashew butter, along with just two teaspoons of maple syrup, work to bind it all together to create those granola clumps that are so yummy.
Most of the ingredients for this granola were sourced from Azure Standard. If you aren’t yet familiar with this company, I’d love to introduce you to them. Based in Oregon, Azure ships and delivers healthy products nationwide: everything from organic non-GMO food to health and beauty products to gardening supplies. Azure even stocks organic animal feed, which is how I discovered them.
When we moved from Oklahoma to Ohio in 2010, I began looking for a source of organic scratch grains for my chickens. Our local feed store carried one selection, but it was prohibitively expensive. So I began searching online and voila! I found that Azure Standard was an excellent option for all kinds of organic grains for both my family and my chickens. Then I discovered the wide variety of organic foods they supply, and I’ve been ordering from them ever since. I love that ALL of Azure’s products are non-GMO, as well as the fact that they are free from artificial ingredients. You can find out more on their website by clicking on the “About” tab.
Below are a few of the Azure ingredients I used for this recipe. Their dried coconut is absolutely the BEST! If you’ve never tried coconut with the peel on, it is delicious, with the added benefit of the extra fiber found in the peel.
Read on for the recipe, and please let me know how it turns out for you!