This keto nut granola, is sweet, chewy and has dried star fruit for a low carb fruit and nut granola. It's a great keto vegan breakfast that is also gluten free.
We used our dried star fruit recipe to make this as a low carb substitute for a tropical fruit granola. The pumpkin spiced dried fruit adds to the great flavour of this low carb granola.
Once completely cooled this star fruit granola has a great crunchy texture mainly due to the coconut oil and the brown sweetener. The sweetener melts then dries with a crunch!
What are Star Fruit?
Star fruit are a tropical fruit that are also known as Carambola. They are also know in the Caribbean as 5 fingers fruit and here in Saint Lucia, we have a great locally star fruit made gin made by a micro distillery called 5 fingers!
When sliced width ways these fruit look like stars, hence the name. They have a mild taste and are also low in carbs with 4g net carbs a 100g serving. Star fruit are lower in carbs then a few berries and when chopped in small pieces for a keto recipe are a great option.
Star Fruit Granola
Our star fruit chips are a great low carb snack and so easy to make too but we wanted to use them in a recipe. A granola recipe seemed the natural choice and they work well with the nuts and coconut in this low carb granola recipe.
How many carbs are in keto granola?
Traditional granola is high in carbs due to the use of sugar and oatmeal. A typical granola bar is about 18g carbs. Enjoying a serving of this low carb fruit nut granola is just 3g net carbs. No contest!
How to make keto nut granola
This star fruit and nut granola is an easy recipe. The key is to bake it on a low heat and be careful not to burn the bottom of the granola.
For this recipe we used a mixture of desiccated coconut for the natural sweet flavour along with the chewy texture. Star fruit and coconut go well together too and add to the tropical granola flavour.
The nuts used in this granola recipe are almonds and pecans. They make a great pairing but you could swap them with low carb nuts of your choosing.
The low carb sweetener
A brown monkfruit sweetener was used to give a rich taste and to compliment the spiced dried star fruit. Once heated and cooled it gives a crunchy texture to the granola.
How to store keto granola
We stored this granola in the fridge to keep it's crunchy texture. If you store it at room temperature the coconut oil will warm and the granola lose it's "snap". Store in a sealed container in the fridge and it should last for 7 days.
Star fruit can be omitted or replaced with freeze dried berries. Check for any hidden sugars though.
White granular low carb sweetener can be used in place of the brown. The flavour might change a bit.
To increase the protein content, add a scoop of protein powder to the mixture before baking.
Toast the pecans before adding to the mixture for an extra flavour. We stir fry ours on a dry pan or skillet but you could bake them too.
The baked granola must be completely cool before handling. The low carb mixture will solidify once cold and give the crunchy texture to this recipe.
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Keto Star Fruit & Nut Granola
- 1 cup pecans
- ¼ cup brown monkfruit other golden/brown sweetener
- ½ cup desiccated coconut unsweetened
- 1 cup dried star fruit chips chopped
- 1 cup almond slices
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl add the coconut oil and golden sweetener. Stir to combine.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Spoon the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces.
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