This. Granola. Is….There aren’t words. It’s the most delicious thing I’ve ever made. I’m 35 years old and this is it. Last month while in NYC for a Nutritional Therapy workshop, I was picking up some food at Whole Foods and stumbled upon Steve’s Paleo Goods snack bars. The bars were low in sugar (in the grand scheme of snack bars) and I recognized all the ingredients, so I picked one up to have as part of my breakfast. It was SO good, I’ve since scoured every grocery store within a million mile radius of my house in hopes of finding them, without luck. I suppose I could easily purchase a box of these bad boys online, but there is something to be said for the thrill of the hunt. Anyway, my hunting has been unsuccessful, and online shopping makes me incredibly indecisive and it’s a complete time suck, so I decided to try to make a granola version of the bar from scratch. This recipe makes a TON, and costs a lot of dang money. BUT if you consider how much a bag of good granola is ($9+ bucks for a teeny tiny bag), it’s really a bargain ounce for ounce.
- 1 C Raw Sunflower Seeds
- 1 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds
- 1.5 C Almond Meal (make your own by grinding almonds in the food processor)
- 2 C Almonds/Cashews or both
- 2 C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1-2 TB Cinnamon
- 2/3 C Coconut Oil (melted)
- 2/3 C Honey
- A generous splash of vanilla
- Heat oven to 325F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
- Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
- In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry stuff and fold until coated.
- Spread this ooey, gooey, goodness/badness amongst the baking sheets.
- Cook for 15 minutes then rotate the nuts using a spatula
- Put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes
- As you're making the granola, try not to wig out by rapidly taking leeeeeeetle bites of the mix. Also try not to wig out by shoveling spoonfuls into yer mouth. Promise yourself you won't eat anymore. And know that half the batch will be frozen as soon as it's cooled. Let deez nuts cool, then split the batch between two ziplock bags and freeze one of them.
Enjoy as cereal, as a snack, with breakfast, with another snack, with yogurt, with ice-cream, heck I bet it would even be good on a buttered up sweet potato……