There’s not much I miss since moving to a a Paleo diet – or at least a Paleo friendly diet.
Bread… nah, Peanut Butter… Almond is better, rice… maybe, oats… not anymore; but there is one thing I miss every now and again and that’s Granola. There’s nothing more satisfying than a big bowl of crunchy Granola with Almond Milk or yoghurt and fruit. You know the Crunch I’m talking about right (even the word is satisfying to say!)
I have tried a couple of Paleo Granola products from Wholefoods which were mega tasty, but, although my body loved it – my purse didn’t. These products can be pretty expensive and you don’t necessarily get much bang for your buck – don’t get me wrong, I understand why, good ingredients are expensive and production is costly…
…but what if I told you you could make tasty Paleo Granola from the comfort of your own home, and theres no time like the present. With the long Easter weekend coming up – this is just what you need. Drag your duvet to the sofa and curl up with a good cup of coffee and a glorious bowl of Crunchy Chocolate Granola for a nice long easy morning.
So – what do you need:
- 2 1/2 cups mixed nuts
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds blitzed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/3 cup dried coconut
- 2-3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (I use this)
- 2 handfuls of dried fruit (raisins & cranberries work well)
- Preheat the oven to 125degrees c and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Add the nuts to your food processor and chop into smaller pieces (you can keep a few whole for extra CRUNCH)
- Add the pumpkin seeds and pulse a couple more times
- Spread this evenly on your baking tray and add the chia seeds, cacao nibs and dried coconut
- Put a pan on the hob on a low to medium heat and gently heat the Coconut Oil, cacao powder and honey
- Pour this over your granola mix to coat (You can drizzle a bit more honey on top if you need it)
- Put in your oven for 20-30mins, making sure to mix it every so often
- Take it out of the oven, sprinkle over your dried fruit and leave to cool (this is when the honey will stick everything together)
- When it is cooled, break your Granola up into clumps and store in your favourite Mason Jar
…and there you have it. If you are already a bit of an expert in the kitchen, you’ll notice this recipe is pretty darn versatile. Add in more fruit and skip the cacao powder, add more seeds, maybe even some orange juice or zest? There are endless possibilities, and for those of you who aren’t culinary masters (well, not just yet anyway), if I get enough feedback I’ll try a few more variations out just for you!
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Enjoy the long weekend – I know I will!