Salted Caramel Rawnola

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This Salted Caramel Rawnola recipe is made with whole food ingredients for a nutrient-filled snack that will keep you full and satisfied for hours. Keep it on hand for healthy breakfasts, easy snacks, and more! 

The Most Underrated Flavor 

In my opinion, caramel is a super underrated flavor. Salted caramel to be exact. I mean is there anything it doesn’t go well with? I’ve tried it as a Whipped Vegan Caramel Mousse, in Chocolate Covered Caramel Pretzel Bars, 5-Ingredient Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies, and more. Guess what? It’s all delicious! Basically what I’m saying is that caramel should be spread on everything. Okay, maybe not everything, but most things. 

Honestly, I don’t know how I didn’t think of adding it to granola sooner. I mean, that sweet and salty combination is practically a match made in heaven! It’s better late than never, though, and I think this recipe was definitely worth the wait. Not only did I create a caramel flavored granola, I did it without using any refined sugars or added ingredients. I might be a wizard. The result? A super crunchy, sweet, seriously addictive homemade granola recipe you’re gonna want more of! Even the kids approved! 

So, say goodbye to those overpriced store bought granolas full of weird mystery ingredients and bucket loads of sugar. I’ve got you covered with an easy alternative you can feel good about putting in your body. 

Ready to eat? Let’s get in the kitchen! 

Granola Ingredients

As the name suggests, all of the ingredients in this recipe are completely raw meaning they haven’t been cooked or prepared in any way and don’t have any added sugars. However, that doesn’t make them any less delicious! It just means you get all the healthy fats and nutrients we love and none of the junk we don’t. To make this recipe you’ll need the following items. 

Almonds – Any form of almonds you prefer works for this recipe. For big chunks use whole almonds. Or add in slivered or chopped bits for smaller bites. 

Dates – For a sweet flavor, the best texture, and easy cooking, I recommend using fresh Medjool dates that have been pitted. 

Flaxseed – Full of fiber and health benefits, I like to use flaxseed in recipes to add a slightly nutty flavor. However, if you don’t have it on hand  you could use chia seeds or even wheat germ instead. 

Pumpkin Seeds – Both pepitas and pumpkin seeds would taste great! Just make sure they haven’t been roasted or flavored. 

Coconut – As long as it is unsweetened, both regular coconut and toasted coconut flakes work great. Personally, I like the slightly smokey flavor the toasted shreds add, but you do you! 

Maca Powder – Containing an earthy and slightly nutty flavor, maca powder is a key ingredient to achieve the salted caramel flavor. 

Cinnamon – Cinnamon adds a lovely layer of warmth to the taste of this granola and balances out some of the sweetness of the dates. 

Sea Salt – For the best flavor, I recommend using coarse sea salt, but any salt you have on hand will work! 

*Feel free to substitute any of the nuts and seeds in this recipe for those you prefer. 

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How to Make Homemade Granola

The beauty of a raw granola recipe is that it takes a very minimal amount of prep work. You don’t even have to turn on the oven! It’s almost like a cross between a granola recipe and a trail mix. To make this recipe, follow the steps below! 

Pulse. Using a food processor, pulse the almonds until they are lightly broken up. You do not want to pulverize them here! Then, add in the dates, and lightly pulse the food processor again until the almonds and dates start to combine before adding the remaining ingredients. 

Mix thoroughly. Once all of the ingredients are in the food processor, make sure to pulse it a few more times until they are equally mixed. You might have to push the sides down. 

Enjoy! Once mixed, add the granola to a container, and snack away! 

Optional Add-Ins

In all honesty, this granola recipe is pretty loaded already, but there’s always room for more! Feel free to experiment with additional ingredients and flavor options to satisfy all your cravings. A few of my favorite add-ins include dried fruit such as raisins and blueberries, chocolate chips or cacao nibs, cacao powder, more nuts and seeds, oats, and buckwheat groats. 

Serving Suggestions

In my opinion, one of the best things about granola is how versatile it can be! I like to grab a handful and snack on it all by itself. However, if you’re looking for serving suggestions, the options are endless! For instance, try adding it to yogurt bowls, mixing it in oatmeal, sprinkling it on top of smoothies, or serving it as cereal with a splash of milk and fresh fruit. 

How Long Does this Granola Last? 

If stored in an airtight container at room temperature, this granola recipe will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks before the fat in the nuts and seeds will cause it to turn rancid. However, if you want to extend its shelf life, try storing it in the fridge where it will last up to 4 months. Or, place it in the freezer for up to 8 months! 

What Causes Granola to Clump? 

Most often, granola clumps due to the sugars added and additional moisture that creeps into bags. Luckily, we’ve eliminated one of those problems by only using natural sugar sources. So, as long as you keep your granola stored properly you shouldn’t have any problems! 

More Great Granola Recipes

This recipe has been on repeat in my house for all things breakfast and snacking! Let’s be real, we’re always snacking around here and have no problem grabbing handfuls at a time. What are your favorite ways to eat granola? Let me know in the comments below!

Salted Caramel Rawnola

This Salted Caramel Rawnola recipe is made with whole food ingredients for a nutrient-filled snack that will keep you full and satisfied for hours. Keep it on hand for healthy breakfasts, easy snacks, and more!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Keyword 5 minutes or less, gluten-free option, healthy breakfast, vegan
Prep Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 7 medjool dates pitted and fresh
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut I used toasted
  • 1/2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Using your food processor, pulse the almonds until they are light broken up.
  2. Add in the dates and pulse again until the almonds and dates start to combine.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until it all comes together.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up-to a week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  5. Use in yogurt bowls, on smoothies, and/or with a splash of milk and fresh fruit.

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