I love Granola. To be quite honest, I love cereal, which is the root of my granola adoration. Of course, going Primal has meant I no longer eat grains, so granola, cereal and the like have had to be thrown out the window. Luckily there are always ways to improvise!
This granola is made of nuts and seeds, has minimal sweetener, and yet forms into chunks unlike most Paleo/Primal granola recipes I’ve come across. Because of my trusty food processor, I’m able to eat this granola with some coconut or almond milk and actually have a nostalgic breakfast treat!
Paleo Vanilla Granola
- 1 Cup Raw Almonds
- 1 Cup Raw Pecans
- 1/2 Cup Raw Walnuts
- 1/2 Cup Raw Hazelnuts
- 1/4 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
- 1 Tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
- 1 Egg White
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, Melted
- 1/8 Cup Honey, Melted
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. Stevia Powder
- 3/4 tsp. Sea Salt (Plus 1 tsp. for soaking nuts)
- 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 Cup Dried Fruit (I like Trader Joe’s No Sugar Added Cherries)
- 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Coconut (optional)
Soak all nuts in a full bowl of water mixed with 1 tsp. salt, soaking Sunflower seeds in a separate bowl. Cover and soak overnight.
Drain the Nuts and Seeds, then place on paper towels to allow excess water to drain off. Keep Sunflower Seeds separate.
Place all Nuts (not Sunflower Seeds) in a food processor, grinding until they begin to resemble oats. Add in Egg White, Coconut Oil, Honey, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Sea Salt. Pulse until just combined. Next, add Sunflower Seeds and Flax Seeds, pulsing until they are roughly chopped and incorporated.
Place mixture into a large bowl, mixing in Shredded Coconut with a spoon. Put everything onto 2 parchment lined cookie sheets, placing in oven at lowest available temperature (I put mine on 180) for 4-5 hours. Check periodically. Granola may still seem a bit soft when you take it out of the oven, but it will crisp up once cooled. (You may be able to cook on a higher temp. for less time, but I’ve had bad experiences with burnt nuts one too many times!)
Combine dried fruit of choice and Unsweetened Coconut (if desired) , store in an air-tight container, and enjoy alone or with milk for a delicious bowl of cereal!Second Photo Courtesy of Against All Grain This blog is a part of Allergy Free Wednesdays!