Paleo Granola

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September 4, 2013 by saltdogsducttape

As Paleo Challenges kick off in boxes and kitchens across the country, here is a recipe that has become a staple for us. Paleo Granola. For a lot of people starting a paleo diet, myself included, breakfast is one of the hardest meals to figure out. With hectic schedules and limited time hard boiled eggs are a really easy option. I’m a huge fan of hard boiled eggs, but they can get old pretty fast. Enter granola; grab some to go or eat it with almond milk like a cereal. This also smells awesome while it’s in the oven, so watch out for buzzards.

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Ingredients:
– 2 cup raw almonds
– 2 cup raw cashews
– 1/2 cup raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds
– 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (no shell)
– 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
– 1/2 cup raw honey
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 2 tsp. sea salt
– 1 1/2 cup raisins (or your favorite dried fruit)

Equipment:
– Food processor or blender
– Medium sized mixing bowl
– Stirring spoon
– Parchment paper
– Baking sheet

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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 275 F. Place the almonds, cashews and coconut flakes in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to break into smaller chunks.
2. Microwave the coconut oil, raw honey and vanilla extract together in a medium sized mixing bowl for about 30-45 seconds. Add the seeds, nuts and coconut flakes and stir to coat.
3. Spread the granola mixture evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once or twice. Remove from heat and add the raisins and sprinkle with sea salt, pressing the mixture together to form a flat surface (see photo below).
4. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes or until hardened, and then break into chunks and enjoy.

You can visit the Paleo Cupboard for this and other recipes. The only difference with ours is that we usually double the recipe (reflected above) but keep the honey and coconut oil the same. Otherwise it’s a little too much like candy for me and it leads to stomach aches. Also be sure to check that your dried fruit of choice does not have sugar added. Mix it up a little bit by using maple syrup instead of honey. We made this for a recent backpacking trip and it was awesome as both a cold breakfast and a hearty snack while hiking.

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