This paleo tigernut granola is a perfect replacement for granola with oats, which those on a paleo diet cannot eat. With the addition of coconut flakes, maple syrup, and cinnamon, this granola is even AIP friendly and just as delicious as it is healthy.
What is Paleo Tigernut Granola
This paleo tigernut granola is made from maple syrup, coconut flakes, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Each of these ingredients is suitable for those who eat a paleo diet or AIP because, unlike other granola recipes, it does not contain oats.
A paleo diet involves one eating the way that people supposedly did during paleolithic times, involving ingredients like seeds, nuts, fish, meat, vegetables, and fruits. These are all foods that people can garner through hunting and gathering. Meanwhile, the diet does not include foods that are produced on a large scale through agriculture such as grains, legumes, and dairy.
How to Make Paleo Tigernut Granola
To start making this grain-free granola, preheat the oven to 300°F. A lower oven temperature is essential for homemade granola recipes due to the delicate nature of ingredients like coconut and nuts. Too high heat for a lengthy period of time can cause those ingredients to burn.
The next step is to whisk your liquid ingredients together in a bowl. These include maple syrup and melted coconut oil, along with the flavouring ingredients of vanilla and salt. Then, stir in the sliced tigernuts and coconut flakes until coated before spreading the mixture onto the baking sheet in an even layer.
The mixture should bake for a total of 40 minutes, with you stirring it halfway through to ensure even baking. Once the mixture has toasted in the oven, allow it to sit on the counter to cool before placing it into containers to store. At this point, you could toss in a ½ cup of raisins as well if you like. Dried fruit should always be added to granola recipes after baking as the heat from the oven could cause it to blacken and lose its supple texture.
The granola mixture will be a wonderful breakfast or snack for you to have on hand. Just store it in an airtight container or mason jar, and store it for up to three weeks.
What are Tigernuts?
Tigernuts are not nuts at all, but rather tubers from a type of sedge grass. These tubers have a tiger stripe appearance, which is how they received their name. They are frequently sold dried for shelf stability, either whole or sliced. For this paleo granola sliced tigernuts are perfect to mimic the size and texture of oats that are typically used in granola.
You may also find tigernuts in the form of tigernut flour or tigernut milk. However, if you can get them fresh, they can also be eaten as they are, boiled, or juiced.
Tigernuts contain many nutrients including potassium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, fiber, and more. Moreover, they potentially have numerous health benefits. Some of these are improved digestion, improved cholesterol levels, and reduced blood sugars.
How to Serve Paleo Granola
This paleo granola makes a great snack to send in kids' lunches if desired because it will provide them with significant energy and is delicious. However, you can also enjoy it in a bowl with your choice of dairy-free milk (such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk) as a cereal. It is also particularly great added to a parfait-style breakfast or dessert layered with coconut yogurt and fruit. Here are a few less orthodox ways of serving and eating this paleo granola.
- Sprinkle the granola on top of muffins before baking them.
- Add granola as a garnish on top of thick smoothie bowls with your favourite frozen fruit.
- Fold it into muffin batters or quick bread loaves (like banana bread or zucchini bread) for some added crunch.
- Use it as a replacement for streusel on fruit bars.
- Have it as a quick snack on top of apple slices spread with your favourite nut or seed butter.
Paleo Granola Variations
While this paleo tigernut granola is perfect as it is, you can include different ingredients according to what you have on hand. Here are some ideas:
- If you can't find tigernuts, try replacing them with a mixture of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and more. The texture will be quite different but you will still end up with nutritious granola.
- Instead of raisins, replace the dried fruit with dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries, chopped dried apricots, chopped dried apple, and more.
- Rather than the cinnamon, you could add pumpkin pie spice mix or nutmeg.
- Replace the maple syrup with honey for a sweetener if that is what you have on hand.
Other Diets this Paleo Granola is Suitable For
Since this paleo granola recipe includes so many healthy ingredients, it is suitable for several different diets. In addition to the fact that those on a paleo diet or AutoImmune Protocol (AIP) can eat it, the recipe is completely plant-based meaning that it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Of course, if you don't have coconut oil on hand, you could replace it with melted butter for delicious results, but it is nice to know that you can use coconut oil as a vegan option in this recipe.
The high calories in this granola make it excellent for those who need some sustenance after a workout as well. It is also gluten-free since it doesn't include any grain products.
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Paleo Tigernut Granola
- 1 cup sliced tigernuts
- 1 cup coconut flakes/chips or more sliced tigernuts
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 300°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl whisk together maple syrup, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.
- Add in the sliced tigernuts and coconut flakes. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until everything is well combined and the dry ingredients are fully coated.
- Spread the paleo granola mix out onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes until golden. Toss once after 20 minutes.
- After baking, let the tigernut granola cool fully on the baking sheet before transferring for storage.
- This granola will last at least 2-3 weeks at room temperature stored in an airtight container.
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Tigernuts are not ideal for keto due to their carbohydrate content. While they offer health benefits, the carb count may impact ketosis. Consider keto-friendly alternatives.
Yes, paleo granola, especially with tigernuts, coconut, and natural sweeteners, is a nutritious option. It aligns with paleo principles, providing energy and essential nutrients.
Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks. Ensure it stays crisp and fresh by keeping it away from moisture.
Coconut oil adds flavor, but you can use melted butter as a vegan option. It's versatile for different dietary preferences.