Paleo Granola

Paleo Granola:

(Makes 5 to 6 cups)

*This granola is completely gluten free and grain free. It will leave you feeling satisfied, full, and healthy at the start of your day. I serve this over peaches, berries, bananas, or other fruits with almond or cashew milk. A sprinkle of cinnamon is also wonderful! By the way, did you know that cinnamon is an excellent, natural way of stabilizing your blood sugar? What an excellent way to start your day!

*Note that I usually double this recipe to have a supply of granola for a couple of weeks! Why make everything twice when you can do it once? This granola stores well in airtight containers in the fridge or cabinet for one to two months!

*Other quick note…the cooking time on this will vary with the oven and with your elevation. Adjust the cooking time as needed, until the granola has a barley golden tint to it when flipped on both sides.

Ingredients:

-1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

-1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

-1 cup slivered almonds (or whole)

-1 cup organic dried cranberries

-1 cup organic golden raisins (regular raisins will work as well)

-2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

-1/4 cup shredded coconut

-1/4 cup honey

-1 Tbsp. sweet almond oil

-1 tsp. finely ground Himalayan sea salt (or other finely ground sea salt)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment.
  3. Spread your mixture evenly over the parchment lined baking sheet, drizzle with a little extra honey, and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and flip your granola over with a large spatula. Bake another 10 minutes (15 minutes if necessary) until slightly golden. *See note above.
  5. Turn off the heat on your oven and allow the granola to sit in the oven for about an hour as it cools. After 20 minutes of cooling time, take out of the oven and break apart into pieces (it will be easier to break apart at this point) and then place back into the oven for the last 40 minutes.
  6. Enjoy and store the rest for later…if you have any left!!!
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