Tigernut Granola (AIP): Your New Favorite Healthy Meal
Tigernut Granola is a great snack for those who love granolas but can’t usually enjoy it because they have dietary restrictions or other allergies. This specific recipe is tailored to an AIP diet and can be enjoyed by almost anyone!
What is AIP? AIP stands for autoimmune protocol, a diet typically recommended for (and followed by) those with autoimmune disorders. This diet is similar to the Paleo diet and is often considered a more strict version, as many (but not all) of the safe foods and ingredients in the Paleo diet are okay for AIP.
Why is this Tigernut Granola recipe good for AIP? Tigernuts are AIP (and Paleo) approved–they’re not actually a nut, are naturally gluten free, and contain no grains and no preservatives! The ingredients in this recipe are all AIP compliant, including Natureul Tigernut Spread in Classic flavor. An important note: in most cases you can swap out the two flavors of Tigernut Spread interchangeably, but because this recipe follows a specific diet, you have to stick with the Classic flavor.
Adhering to AIP standards doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious treats! You can dress up this vegan tigernut-based granola by using dried fruit to add texture and more complex flavors. You can use any AIP-approved fruit like apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries, coconut, cranberries, dates, figs, peaches, pears, papaya, raspberries, and strawberries, just to name a few. You can add as many of these fruits in any combination that you like to create the ultimate granola, and top the whole thing with flakey salt for added crunch and a naturally satisfying sweet-and-salty flavor.
Because of the natural subtle sweetness of the tigernut (and the added fruit), it may not be necessary to add a sweetening agent to this granola unless you prefer yours a little on the richer side. In that case, you can add ⅛ to ¼ cup maple syrup or honey, but keep away from processed sugars to ensure you stay AIP compliant. No matter what you choose, this organic AIP tigernut granola will be a snack you have on repeat all summer and beyond!
- 2 cups chopped raw tigernuts
- ½ cup Natureul Tigernut Spread in Classic flavor
- ½ cup coconut chips (large or small flakes–your choice!)
- ¼ cup coconut or avocado oil
- ½-1 cup dried fruit of choice
- ½ teaspoon flakey finishing salt
- Optional: ⅛ to ¼ cup maple syrup or honey for additional sweetness
AIP Tigernut Granola Recipe
Makes eight ½ cup servings or sixteen ¼ cup servings
- Preheat the oven to 300℉ and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a microwave safe bowl, stir together the coconut oil, Tigernut Spread, and optional liquid sweetener. Microwave on high in 10 second intervals until melted and drippy. (Psst: you can skip the microwave if you start with melted coconut oil in the first place! Just stir in with the other liquids.)
- In a large bowl, combine the chopped tigernuts, dried fruit, and coconut chips.
- Pour the entire contents of the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. Fold and stir until everything is coated in a layer of the coconut oil and tigernut spread concoction.
- Spoon all of the ingredients onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes on one side and flip over with a spatula. Then bake for another 10-15 minutes until both sides are golden brown and crispy.
- Enjoy your tigernut spread!
Tips for your perfect Tigernut meal!
If you like this organic tigernut granola on its own, you’ll love it as part of a larger meal! Use your granola liberally to add a crispy texture to fruit bowls and dairy-free yogurt, AIP compliant porridge, or as a cereal substitute by dousing with plant-based milk for breakfast. You can use it to create AIP-friendly granola bars by adding a few binding ingredients, pressing in a tray, and cutting into bars or squares. Make dessert even better by using your granola as a topping! You can store extra in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the fridge.