This tigernut granola recipe is a ridiculously addicting breakfast or snack that you won't believe is AIP-friendly, Paleo, Vegan, and nut-free! (yes nut-free, despite the name, see more below)

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Most nut-free, grain-free granolas seem to be made of just coconut flakes. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but sometimes you want that crunch, you know?

That's where tigernuts come in.

What are Tigernuts?

Despite the “nut” name, tigernuts are actually NOT nuts but rather small root vegetables, like sweet potatoes.

They are not as well known in the US as in other parts of the world, where they've been called things like chufa and groundnuts.

Tiger nuts are high in antioxidants, a great source of fiber, have antibiotic properties, and work as a prebiotic, as well as a great source of iron. (1)

Tigernut granola in a bowl


Tigernut Granola Ingredients

I made this tigernut granola with just a six ingredients:

Sliced tigernuts – I HIGHLY recommend going with the pre-sliced tigernuts as whole tigernuts can be kind of hard and tricky to slice yourself. (I use these by Organic Gemini.)

Coconut flakes– you can use shredded coconut or coconut flakes, but I personally recommend the flakes because they're roughly the same size as the sliced tigernuts and therefore will cook at the same rate. (I use these by Bob's Redmill)

Avocado Oil – you can also use coconut oil, I just like to use avocado oil because it's in liquid form

Maple Syrup

Vanilla Bean Powder – this one is a grey area on the AIP Diet as it's the ground up pod of a vanilla bean, but most people accept it as compliant during the elimination phase. However, you can exclude it if you don't feel comfortable with it. It won't make or break this recipe. (I recommend this one)

Carob or Cocoa Powder – use Carob Powder (I use this one) for AIP and Cocoa Powder (I use this one) for any other diet  *Note – the carob powder in this one is really delicious, and I usually don't love carob. It just goes really well with the other ingredients!

Tigernut granola above closeup


How to eat this tigernut granola

There are several ways to eat this:

Tigernut granola in a jar

If you're more of a visual person, watch the full-length video on YouTube to see how easy it is to make this nut-free granola!

Chocolate Tigernut Granola (AIP, Paleo, Vegan, Nut-free)

Also be sure to check out my Pumpkin Spice Tigernut Granola as well! Equally as delicious, with many uses.

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Chocolate Tigernut Granola (AIP, Paleo, Vegan, Nut-free)

  • Author: Michele Spring
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: AIP, Paleo, Vegan, Nut-free


This tigernut granola is a ridiculously addicting breakfast or snack that you won't believe is AIP-friendly, Paleo, Vegan, and nut-free!



  • 1 cup sliced Tigernuts
  • 1 cup Coconut Flakes (the wide ones, though shredded can work as well)
  • 1/4 cup Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder (use Carob Powder for AIP)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Powder (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 F and move the baking rack into the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, then evenly spread onto the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Check the granola at 35 to make sure it isn’t burning. It may still seem a bit moist at 40 but take it out as it will dry as it cools.
  4. If any is stuck together after it cools, break apart with your hands. Store in an airtight container at either room temp or in the fridge.

Keywords: AIP, Paleo, nut free, Vegan, easy, egg free, crunchy

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This post is a part of the amazing AIP Roundtable #286 by Phoenix Helix!

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