Grain-free Berry Granola (paleo + vegan)

Grain-free Berry Granola #paleo #vegan #glutenfree #recipeGrain-free granola packed with crisp berries, hemp hearts and coconut. Sweetened with a combination of maple syrup and Energy28 –  to deliver supplemental natural energy from whole-food and natural sources. This granola contains 200 calories per bowl and over 7 grams of protein!

Grain-free Berry Granola #paleo #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

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Grain-free Berry Granola
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 16
Grain-free granola packed with crisp berries, hemp hearts and coconut. Contains 200 calories per bowl and over 7 grams of protein!
  • 1½ cups hemp hearts
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, skin removed and ground into small pieces, the size of the hemp seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup melted coconut butter or other nut butter of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dried or dehydrated raspberries and blueberries
  1. nstead of using dried fruit for this granola (which will increase the amount of sugars), you can try dehydrating the berries at home. If you have a dehydrator, dehydrate 3 cups of a mixture of raspberries and blueberries at 140°F for 12 hours. If you do not, you can dehydrate the same amount of berries in the oven by laying them out on a parchment paper– or silicon-lined baking sheet and dehydrating at 180°F for 2 hours. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°F and lightly oil (with a dab of coconut oil or whatever you have on hand) a 13? x 9? baking dish.
  3. Add the hemp hearts, hazelnuts, coconut, chia seeds and flax seeds to a large glass bowl. Set aside.
  4. Combine the maple syrup and coconut butter in a medium-sized frying pan. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Do not stop whisking. Reduce heat to low, and whisk for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour syrup mixture into the bowl with the nuts and seeds. Mix with a spatula until everything is coated.
  6. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Press mixture firmly into the dish. You can even cover the top with parchment paper and press down with your hand. Make sure it’s very compact (this will make ultra-chunky granola!). Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 25–30 minutes, until the sides begin to brown lightly.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave it to sit for 20 minutes. Then scoop out the pieces (roughly), allowing for large chunks to form. Lay the mixture out onto a large baking sheet and transfer back to the oven for 10–15 minutes. Watch that the mixture doesn’t burn.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely; add dehydrated berries, then transfer to an airtight container. Can be stored on the counter for a couple of days or in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

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Grain-free Berry Granola #paleo #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

To reduce the amount of sugar in the granola (every little effort to reduce your overall sugar intake will help in maintaining balanced sugar levels), I dehydrated the berries.

There are oven and dehydrator instructions in the recipe for you ;)

And… dehydrated berries are ah-mazing! You could use dried fruit… but dehydrated = so much better!

Grain-free Berry Granola #paleo #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

Also, because we’re an active bunch and I know, like me, you may often experience muscle aches and pains after a good, solid workout…

I’ve been experimenting with a flavored muscle aide mineral water recipe for us!

This water is packed with the minerals your body needs to relax each and every single muscle. I like drinking it before a yin yoga class (where we hold stretches for long periods of time) to encourage my muscles to let go and stretch out nicely.

Does the trick every time!

Muscle Aide Mineral Water

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Muscle Aide Mineral Water
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 1
This recipe is a natural approach to flavor-infused mineral water. Not only is this drink free of artificial colors or flavors, the Natural CALM used in this recipe, will aide in muscle recovery.
  • 16 oz. (2 cups) filtered water
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 10 blueberries
  • 1 packet Natural CALM
  1. Add the water to a glass jar or jug. Add pomegranate seeds and blueberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight (for the flavors to develop)
  2. When ready to enjoy, drop in a packet of Natural CALM and stir to mix. Enjoy!

Muscle Aide Mineral Water

I’ve always been a yogi but also enjoy running marathons – there are marathons and half-marathons all over the place with some really fun ones (like the springtime Dallas Rock N Roll Marathon)… but for now with all of this snow, it’s all about the hot yoga (which has really helped my energy levels, too)

Do you struggle with maintaining energy throughout the day?
Do you find that this energy struggle impacts how you live out your daily life?
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  1. I happen to have both Energy28 and Natural Calm at home, so I will definitely be trying these! I’ve only ever taken magnesium right before bed so I’m surprised you take it right before yoga … does it make you tired?

  2. This looks really good! :) Do you think I could use sunflower seeds in place of the hemp hearts? I have never heard of them…


    • Hey Kelly – hemp hearts/shelled hemp seeds are the same thing. I bet you could use sesame seeds or sunflower seeds!

      • Thanks! This is absolutely delicious! I went and used sunflower and sesame seeds! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. WOW! This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been looking for a breakfast recipe recently. Thanks for sharing :))

  4. Leanne, would you mind saying a little more about savory breakfasts being beneficial for your energy levels and sugar cravings? It’s an interesting concept that I haven’t heard of before.

    • Hi Laura! I chat about it a lot on my Instagram page… basically, it just sets your blood sugar right from the beginning instead of spiking it first thing.

  5. The recipe looks great. Why do homemade dehydrated berries have less sugar than store bought. I’ve been avoiding buying the dried fruits because of the high sugar they’re suppose to have. If it makes a difference I’ll definitely dry the berries myself.

    • Hey Lesley – when you dry berries in the oven, they get crunchy rather than chewy. The chewy dehydrated fruits have higher sugars. Also, most dried fruits have sugars on them… bleh!

  6. This recipe looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it. I also want to know what you do for your savory breakfasts. Eating sweet in the morning makes me nauseous. But I’m struggling to find vegan options. What do you eat?

    • Hey Jessica! Have you checked out my Instagram page? A lot of the breakfast I post are savory… I’ve done a couple of vegan ones, too. I have a new vegan savory breakfast recipe coming tomorrow on the blog!