I call it freebie because it’s free of everything that’s not good for you when you’re doing the Paleo diet! Dairy-free, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free but definitely NOT flavor free. I found a recipe awhile back from Paleo Parents and their recipe called for dried fruit as well as honey. I’ve found I plateau when I eat too much of something that has honey or something sweet in it. I’ve cut back my fruit intake to mostly berries and anything sweeter than that like a banana is just too sweet at times. Anyways back to the recipe, I’ve taken out the dried fruit in the recipe as well because it was too chewy when baked and it stuck to my teeth. This time around I’ve added some coconut crystals for a little sweetness. It’s not sugar but it has a mild sweetness that doesn’t overpower the granola. I also added some pumpkin pie spice for some extra kick!
Ok here’s the ingredient list:
- 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (used Bob’s Red Mill Flaked Coconut Flakes)
- 1 cup raw almonds (chopped up in a food processor)
- 1 cup macadamia nuts (chopped up in a food processor)
- 1/4 cup coconut crystals, then a handful spread over the top when spread out on a pan. (used Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Crystals)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Pre-heat the oven at 275 degrees. Chop up the macadamia nuts and walnuts in the food processor but don’t do it too long so it turns into nut butter. Pour in a big bowl, add in the coconut flakes, coconut crystals, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and mix up. Melt the coconut oil and pour it all over the mixture, mix it all up together. Spread it all out on a large cookie sheet so it forms one layer. Sprinkle a handful of coconut crystals on top and put it in the oven to cook for an hour. Set the timer for every 15 minutes to check on it and mix it up so it doesn’t burn. When it’s done take it out and let it sit till it cools. Store it in an airtight container and enjoy it for as long as it lasts which usually isn’t very long. Eat it as a snack with some fruit or enjoy it with coconut milk poured on top! MMM MMM MMM!
As always please let me know if you enjoyed this recipe if you’ve made it and what you think of it!