Coconut Cacao Paleo Granola (Gluten Free+Refined Sugar Free)

Coconut Cacao Paleo Granola is naturally sweetened, grain free and full of good-for-you ingredients. Try it as a crunchy topping over dairy free yogurt for a healthy, nourishing breakfast.

Coconut Cacao Paleo GranolaThere’s a story behind how the recipe for this Coconut Cacao Paleo Granola came to be, but first can we appreciate how pretty this yogurt bowl is? I’m in love with it.

It’s kind of a romantic, feminine vibe going on, complete with crimson blood oranges, sultry blackberries and edible dried rose petals (which I just bought and now want to sprinkle over everything because they’re THAT gorgeous) It was semi-planned that way when I originally intended to get this recipe up before Valentine’s Day but also because I just happened to have all these ingredients. But then 3 or 4 chef jobs popped up unexpectedly so yeah that didn’t happen.

Coconut Cacao Paleo GranolaBut that’s ok, I have learned not to be a slave to my editorial calendar which means I am constantly moving things around. The thing is, I can have a rough idea of when I’d like to send a post out to the internet world, but it’s awfully hard to stick to it one hundred percent of the time when you have a whole other business to run IRL. I’m fine with it being a couple of days late, and I’m pretty sure you don’t mind either (patting myself on the back right now for not giving in to my perfectionist tendencies).

Coconut Cacao Paleo GranolaSo, back to the story of this addictive paleo granola. I recently prepared all the meals for a group of women on a style retreat over the course of four days. I was informed that all the women were basically following a paleo diet, so all the meals needed to adhere to that.

Coconut Cacao Paleo GranolaSo I came up with this grain free, refined sugar free paleo granola to as part of the spread on the first day to serve with dairy free yogurt and berries. So Delicious coconut yogurt is my favorite non-dairy yogurt of the moment, but I also just tried some of Kite Hill‘s almond based yogurt and really liked that too…in case you’re wondering. If you have a favorite kind of non-dairy yogurt I’d love to know what it is!

Coconut Cacao Paleo GranolaAnyway I made a huge batch of this paleo granola even though it was only for one meal, and the ladies loved it so much that I ended up setting it out every day for snacking for the remainder of the retreat. I would catch them sneaking handfuls of it as they would walk past the kitchen, and several of them asked for the recipe, so I knew then that it was blog-worthy.

This paleo granola is seriously loaded with various nuts and seeds that are tossed a spiced coconut oil mixture. Chopped dates add a hint of natural sweetness (the date pieces turn into these caramel-esque bits in the oven- it’s awesome), and after the granola mixture has cooled I finished the mixture off with big flakes of toasted coconut and cacao nibs (it’s heavenly).

Coconut Cacao Paleo Granola

Coconut Cacao Paleo Granola
5 from 2 votes

Coconut Cacao Paleo Granola

Coconut Cacao Paleo Granola is naturally sweetened, grain free and full of good-for-you ingredients. Try it as a crunchy topping over dairy free yogurt for a healthy, nourishing breakfast.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut granola recipe, paleo granola recipe, recipe with granola
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 450 kcal
Author Denisse Salinas


  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw pepitas
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 20 dates chopped finely
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes plain or toasted
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pecans, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds and dates.
  3. Add coconut oil to a small bowl and add cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla extract and salt. Stir until incorporated.
  4. Pour the oil mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until evenly coated.
  5. Spread the granola on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Add shredded coconut and stir, then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  6. Remove granola from oven and allow to cool completely, then stir in coconut flakes and cacao nibs. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

This granola lasts at least 2 week stored in a cool place.


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  1. Mary Jane

    Homemade granola is my FAVOURITE breakfast! This recipe looks so delicious. I keep my granola in little Weck jars too 🙂 So pretty. I’ve also been working some edible flowers into my food for the past few years and I love it…it makes everything feel more luxurious! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Denisse Post author

      Thanks Mary Jane! Weck jars are the best aren’t they? I’m totally going to be working edible flowers into my recipes any way that I can now that I’ve fallen in love with them, especially with spring coming soon!

  2. Syama

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious . We have been trying to cut down the processed sugar as well. This is going on my ” to make” list 🙂

  3. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    The flavor combinations you used in this granola sound great! Making homemade granola is the best because you can control everything that goes into it and really customize it.

  4. Stephanie

    Yum!! This looks amazing. Just one question – for the dates, would dries dates work or really need to be fresh (medjool) dates as it is going into the oven? Thank you 🙂

    1. Denisse Post author

      That is a great question! So if you have very plump, moist, fresh dates, you can certainly add it to the mix and bake everything together and they shouldn’t dry out excessively. However if your dates are on the drier side already, you may want to add them halfway through the cooking time so that they don’t dry out and harden too much…although some people have told me they like the harder, crunchy pieces of dates (they sometimes turn out a bit like pieces of hard candy), so it’s also a matter of personal preference! Hope that helps!


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