Chocolate-Cherry Grain-Free Granola

This recipe makes a slightly sticky grain-free granola—it will not be dry like granola that contains grains.


  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • ½ cup dried cherries, unsweetened
  • ½ cup unsweetened cacao nibs
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, optional
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free chocolate chips or chunks


Preheat oven to 200° F.

Drain and rinse nuts and allow to air dry at least 15 minutes on paper towels.

Combine nuts in a food processor and pulse 3 to 5 times or until just broken up.

In a medium saucepan, melt coconut oil with honey, then stir in cocoa, vanilla and orange juice.

Stir with a whisk until ingredients come together and are warmed through.

Pour honey mixture into food processor and pulse 3 to 4 times to combine.

Add chia seeds and flax meal, dried cherries, cacao nibs, orange zest and coconut, if using. Pulse 3 to 6 more times to combine.

Pour mixture onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake 3 to 4 hours, or until sticky and somewhat dry.

Allow to cool—the mixture will crisp slightly as it cools. Stir in chocolate chips.

Store in a sealed, covered container for up to 1 month.

Recipe and photo by Angela Sackett