When I eliminated most grains from my diet, along with that went by beloved oats and granola. There’s not much that can replace the experience of those morning treats, but this comes pretty close. I’m sorry to report that this is no less addicting, though.
Made from coconut flakes, nuts & seeds in a base of coconut oil and honey, this toasty, crunchy granola makes a great topping for fruit or to enjoy on its own with milk. Loaded with healthy fats, this granola nips hunger in the bud and makes a great snack to take on the go, to top smoothies with or to have on hand for when you’re craving the cereal experience. This is much more calorie and nutrient dense than traditional granola so it’s best to treat this as a garnish or snack rather than a full meal.
1 cup whole raw almonds
1/2 cup pecans
3 tbs coconut flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup dried cranberries
1/ Preheat oven to 275F. In a food processor, pulse together whole almonds, pecans, coconut flour, and flax seed meal until course and crumbly.
2/ Take the pulsed mixture and combine with coconut flakes, sliced almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds until mixed well in another bowl.
3/ In a saucepan or microwavable bowl, melt honey and coconut oil together. Add the vanilla and pour over nut/seed/coconut flake mixture. Stir well to coat everything evenly. Add cinnamon.
4/ Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet (parchment optional-I found mine didn’t stick at all). Bake at 275F for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crisp (check at about 15 minutes to stir and ensure even browning).
5/ Press the granola to the pan into a flat layer to ensure clumping when you break it apart and sprinkle with sea salt. Allow it to cool completely before adding the dried fruit and breaking it into chunks.
Store this in an airtight glass container for best results and keep in the fridge if you don’t plan on eating it right away.