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Paleo Granola

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Up until a year ago, my kids lived on cereal and milk. They ate it at least 2x a day, often 3. As of a month ago, we hadn’t found a clean swap for that that was enjoyed and easy to make.

However, this granola recipe has brought “cereal” back into my kiddos lives again and they are thrilled! It definitely is not a multiple times a day or even really every day food anymore, as their food horizons have broadened greatly (hallelujah!), but a nice option for fast mornings or an afternoon snack.

I love the flexibility of this recipe! You basically need 7 1/2 cups of base ingredients – whatever combination of nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, raisins that fits your family’s tastes and budget. Below is how it usually looks for us (5 1/2 cups nuts, 1 cup coconut flakes, and 1 cup seeds), but if you want to use 1 cup of raisins, swap that out and use 1 cup less of nuts.
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For the nuts, I usually use a combination of almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pecans. Sometimes, TBH, it’s just a clean out of what we have in the pantry! Try to get different textures of nuts (slivered, chopped, whole) if you are not doing the optional food processor chopping of the nuts.

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Paleo Granola

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 c chopped raw nuts*
  • 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 c raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons melted ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup we like the milder flavor of half of each (1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup honey)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt omit if any of your nuts were salted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Mix all dry ingredients, including nuts, in a large bowl. Set aside. **Optional - if you want a less chunky consistency, then pulse your nuts in the food processor a little bit until they are smaller more consistent size chunks (how my kids like it).

  3. Combine honey and ghee in a small saucepan over low heat. Once warm and combined, remove from heat and add vanilla. Then add the wet ingredients and mix well. 

  4. Spread the mixture onto the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 75 minutes. Note: the granola will become crisp as it cools - let cool before breaking apart

Recipe Notes

*Can substitute 7 1/2 cups chopped nuts and seeds in any combination for the 5 1/2 cups chopped nuts + coconut flakes + seeds. Mix and match to what you have on hands, for any allergies/sensitivities, and what fits your family's budget!

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10 Comments

  1. What kind of food processor do you have or recommend? Right now we use a hand chopper, and it’s not consistent with the size of chopped nuts.

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    • I have a Cuisinart one I love from Costco! There’s a fairly affordable Hamilton Beach one I used from Amazon before that that was great as well.

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  2. All the adults in my family love this granola (my kids are just weird). I definitely agree with your recommendation to use half honey/half maple syrup as the sweetener, and I love that I can use whatever nuts and seeds I have on hand to clean out my pantry.
    I made a special pistachio/cranberry batch last Christmas and gave it to friends and neighbors as a holiday gift. Everyone who has tried it asks me for the recipe ❤

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    • What a wonderful Christmas neighbor gift and flavor combo – I love that! Thank you!

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  3. 5 stars
    This is a staple in our house! It’s easy and delicious and we truly eat it everyday! It goes great as a topping with dairy free yogurt or as a snack by itself!

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    • It makes my heart happy this is a daily family staple, thank you!

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  4. 5 stars
    I made this today. It was the best! I was skeptical till I put a little in a bowl with some almond milk. It was as delicious as regular granola!

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    • So wonderful you enjoyed this recipe, thank you! It’s a go-to for us for sure!

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  5. 5 stars
    I made this to take to the cottage with me. It is so good and I’m sure everyone will snack on them all weekend. Thank you.

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    • Wonderful! We love taking this one when we travel for an easy breakfast or snack. Enjoy!

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