This is my recipe for Paleo/Primal/Gluten-free/wheat-free/dairy-free… trying to think of more…can’t…..Tasty Granola!
I have started trying to eat a more primal diet. Staying away from processed foods as well as wheat, grains, pulses, and trying to limit my intake of high sugar foods.
Primal diets largely consist of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. It is these nuts and seeds play a big part in this post! Just think what caveman would have available to him, add in some modern cooking methods and some imagination – and that is what we’re looking at!
Breakfast on a primal diet can sometimes be tricky, especially when you need something fast and easy. ‘Regular’ people would grab a bowl of cereal pour on some milk, and off they go! But this isn’t so easy. Cereals contain grains, and are more often then not HIGHLY processed. completely ridding all of the ‘nutrition’ from the food product… cereal companies tend to add vitamins and nutrients back into the product artificially. Not sound so good to me!
But… give up cereal!? Now you’re thinking ‘So, I’m going to have to change my entire morning schedule because I shouldn’t eat cereal!?’ Well… not necessarily!
You can make your own!
I tend to make a batch once a week or once every two weeks. It depends how much people nibble on it throughout the day, and how often I eat it for breakfast!
Its pretty easy – you can use wherever nuts and seeds you would like. If you don’t like certain nuts, are allergic to them or can’t get hold of any leave them out! Use something else!
I apologise in advance that this isn’t a ‘real’ recipe. It takes a little guess work and is subject to personal taste.
This time I used:
150g shelled pistachio nuts
200g slivered almonds
150g cashew nuts
100g sesame seeds
50g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
50g pine kernals/nuts
100g unsweetened dessicated coconut
25g pecan nuts (these were just lying around so I threw them in)
1 1/2 Tblsp coconut oil
Heat oven to 140-150 C.
- Place all of your nuts and seeds into a big bowl. Warm your coconut oil and about 45g honey/agave nectar until it is runny. Pour coconut oil and honey/agave over the nuts and seeds, mix well.
- Once it is all coated, pour mixture onto two lined baking trays. Spread out into even layers. Place in the oven.
- After 10-15mins, check and gently move the parts that are starting to colour around the edges. Place back in the oven, swapping the trays for another 10-15mins. You will want to keep checking it from this point, it may need a little longer.
- When the trays are a nice golden colours, take them out the oven, and leave on cooling racks to cool down.
- Once cool break the pieces up and store in an airtight container.
Serve with yogurt (if your diet allows) & fruit. Maybe in a bowl with milk?
Great as a snack as it is! – My mom likes to do this… its the main reason I find myself wondering what happened to all that granola I just made!?
But its fine, its healthy! So indulge!
This is quite filling because of all the nuts and seeds, so bear that in mind when considering portion sizes!