Cinnamon Cacao Grain-Free Granola Recipe

Who doesn’t love granola? But often store bought granola is high in sugar making it not quite as healthy as we might believe or want it to be. This easy-to-make sugar–free, gluten and grain-free and vegan granola recipe is the perfect option and it’s cleanse friendly too!

Makes approximately 2 cups


½ cup raw cashews
½ cup raw sliced almonds
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoons cacao nibs
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Liquid stevia to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil.


  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix together the cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs and sesame seeds in a medium bowl.
  • Add the cinnamon, sea salt, stevia and olive oil.
  • Mix until the nuts-seeds mixture is well coated.
  • Spread the mixture evenly onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the mixture is dry.
  • Let cool.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Tricia Williams is an accomplished executive chef, nutrition educator and chef instructor. The culinary nutritionist founded Food Matters NYC in 2008 so that she could share her passion for fresh, whole, locally grown, organic, sustainable and delicious food.

Over the last 15 years, Williams has left her mark on highly regarded Manhattan restaurants including The City Bakery, Home Restaurant, Isla and Olives, to name a few. Now, she and her team deliver gourmet health supportive meals to celebrities, politicians, executives and families. Williams leads clients to better food choices and ultimately healthier lifestyles.

William's passion for culinary nutrition surfaced after she gave birth to her first child. She returned to school to secure her Holistic Nutrition Certification from Columbia's Teachers College and coupled that with a Food Therapy Certification from Annemarie Colbin at the Natural Gourmet Institute.

Williams, who is pursuing her Masters in Nutrition Education, maintains her sommelier certification and is also certified by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

The New York born chef nutritionist believes her small role can make a significant impact in the lives of her clients. She says, Food Matters NYC is helping individuals and families lead healthier lives through hands on education and nutritional guidance. What we eat affects our physical, emotional and mental well being. We strongly believe in a person s bio individuality and help clients understand the food choices that would best nourish their bodies.