Grain-Free Granola (Paleo, Vegan)
Chewy, crunchy grain-free granola. This paleo friendly cereal makes a great snack and is packed with healthy fats and nutrients.
My Grandpa was famously known among our family for his cereal addiction. Every evening, after dinner, he would have his big bowl of cereal before bed.
Well, this is clearly a family trait because by 15 I was sneaking bowls of cereal in the evenings myself. There was this particular gluten-free cereal that was full of honey oat clusters, crunchy candied almonds, and sweet chocolate curls, and it was incredible. The funny thing is that I presumed it was good for me since it was labeled as a "granola"- even at 11 pm each night.
The labeling and marketing of "health" foods is one of the biggest problems we have in the nutrition world. Large corporations very cleverly market their products as "heart healthy", or "diet", when in fact they are packed full of artificial ingredients and sugar.
Granola is a typical example of a food that has been taken and twisted by these companies.
What once used to be a healthier breakfast option, is now one of the worst choices you could make in the morning.
The shocking reality is that the amount of sugar in just one cup of your common granola compares to that of a slice of cake. A slice of chocolate cake with frosting has on average 26g of sugar, Nature Valley's Peanut Butter N Dark Chocolate Protein Granola has 30g of sugar per cup.
The good news is that you can make your own granola at home without the sugar, the artificial ingredients or even the grains. While I certainly don't advise eating 5 cups of this every night like my Grandpa, this granola recipe makes a great snack and is a much better option for cereal cravings!
Grain-Free Granola (Paleo, Vegan)
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup raw almonds
½ cup walnuts
½ cup cashews
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, stevia, etc)
½ teaspoon each of salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger
½ cup chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 250F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, blend all your nuts. I recommend leaving some larger clumps here for that “cluster” texture.
- In a large bowl, add your spices, sweetener, melted coconut oil and vanilla and fold together.
- Now add your nut mixture, coconut and chia seeds to the bowl and mix. It will be sticky!
- Place mixture on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake for an hour, stirring frequently around every 15 minutes.
- Remove and let cool, keep crunchy in an airtight container. Eat as it is or serve with homemade cashew milk as a great breakfast or snack!
Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.
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