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Murielle Banackissa

Fall Inspired Nut Free Granola

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35 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins
Serves 3

Made with deliciously crunchy baru seeds and soul warming pumpkin pie spice, this granola is great for all of us with nut allergy or intolerance.


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup psyllium husk
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • cup yacon syrup (or maple syrup)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ¾ cup chopped baru seeds
  • ½ cup chopped dried cranberries


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 

  2. Step 2

    Add all ingredients except baru seeds and cranberries into a large bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Toss to coat and transfer the granola mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. 

  4. Step 4

    Spread into an even layer and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    After 15 minutes, stir the granola and press down to create an even layer once again. 

  6. Step 6

    Return to the oven for another 15 minutes. 

  7. Step 7

    Remove from the oven and sprinkle in the chopped baru seeds and dried cranberries. 

  8. Step 8

    Let cool completely before transferring into a container. 

  9. Step 9

    Enjoy granola on its own as a snack, with milk or with dairy free yogurt.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • I do not have psyllium husk, can I substitute it? Absolutely, I love to add psyllium husk to granola for extra fibre, but feel free to substitute it for 1/4 cup of oats or the same amount of another nut or seed of choice.

  • I do not have pumpkin pie spice, can I swap it out? Here is a great recipe for a homemade pumpkin pie spice mix.

  • Can I substitute yacon syrup? Yes absolutely, maple syrup will work great as an alternative.

  • I don’t have baru seeds on hand, can I substitute those? Sure. If you don’t have a nut sensitivity, feel free to use the same amount of any other nut. Note that if you are using bigger nuts, I recommend chopping them. Also, if your nuts are raw, add them in with your granola at step 2. If you do have a nut sensitivity, you could add more pumpkin seeds or replace the baru seeds with sunflower seeds. If they are raw, incorporate them with the rest of your ingredients at step 2.

Nut free granola in a bowl with two spoons
Nut free granola in a bowl with yogurt and berries
Nut free granola in a bowl

This recipe was created in partnership with Organic Traditions.


Are you a vegan who does not eat nuts?

I am. I learned this the hard way. I have been struggling with skin problems for a few years now and it is only when I did an intolerance test that revealed that I was intolerant to most nuts and seeds that I came to learn about it. This was heart breaking in a sense because not only are nuts & seeds super good for you, but also, I used to be a huuuuge fan of them. I mean, is there anything better than a chocolate hazelnut cake?!

After eliminating most nuts from my diet, I noticed a clear decrease in number and intensity of breakouts I experienced. Since then, I have been trying to limit the amount of nuts & seeds I consume. Of course, I will not say no to an occasional raw, cashew based vegan cheesecake, but on the daily, I try to stay away from nuts.

That is why, when I find nut alternatives, I get so excited! That’s what happened when I discovered baru seeds. Unlike what their name would lead you to believe, they are not seeds nor are they nuts. They are actually a legume, just like peanuts! They are crunchy, nutty and slightly smokey in flavour.

Plus, they are so good for you! They have loads of vitamin E, proteins and fibre.

Because we are slowly entering the fall season, I thought, why not create a fall inspired nut free granola? Sure, pumpkin breads, cinnamon rolls and sweet potato pies are delicious, but how about a morning treat filled with soul warming pumpkin pie spice?

Now you can have a little bit of the fall at every meal.

Bowl of yogurt topped with granola and fruits

Well…hopefully the next couple of weeks are not crazy busy for me so that I can find time to share more fall inspired recipes on here. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy these first few days of fall and indulge in all the delicious treats fall has to offer!

If you want to give this fall inspired nut free granola a try, please do, I know you will enjoy it! And if you do end up making it, share it on social media and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).

Have a wonderful week my friends!

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