I know that there are many days that I get to mid-morning or mid-afternoon and feel that pang in my gut….that notification that it needs something. Sometimes it comes in a dip in energy because of a blood sugar imbalance at that moment.
Often, we run to get coffee or something sweet knowing it will boost our energy for just a short time…ah, but then the crash happens and we feel worse than we did before and go looking for something else.
When I started clean eating, I looked for options that I could use when I had the munchies…something that would quiet both my mind and my body while tasting good! I knew that protein and fat would hold a lot longer than sugary snacks, but what to do??
BUT, I didn’t have a lot of time to spend “slaving in the kitchen!” Do you??
An idea for making my own Paleo Granola popped into my head. I played with it a few different times and I now want to share it with you!
A few nuts, some coconut oil and a few other things are all that is needed for a healthy, satisfying snack!!
Start with your favorite nuts… I throw whatever I have in the cabinet into a food processor to make the granola.
Melt coconut oil on the stove….NOT The microwave! Put it in a jar and place jar in a pot of water. Use low heat to melt. Once melted it’s ready for use!
As the coconut oil is melting, put nuts in a ceramic bowl and throw in your favorite seeds! You can also add coconut flakes now too!
Once melted, pour coconut oil into the nut mixture and toss nuts into the coconut oil until coated. You can add honey or maple syrup at this time if you would like it a bit sweet.
Place nut and coconut oil mixture onto a cookie sheet (better yet, a stone) in a thin layer. Add seasonings if you would like. This has cinnamon and pumpkin spice on it. I have used cayenne and chipotle for a spicy mix and have also just left it plain.
Pop it in the oven and roast it at 375 degrees until it is golden brown….about 20 minutes. When it is done, it should look something like this:
Add additional seasonings if you wish…I put a bit of Himalayan Salt on this right after I took it out of the oven
Let roasted nuts and seeds cool for about 30 minutes. Now you can add more goodness! I used raisins, dried cranberries and cacao nibs in this one. You can add any of your favorite dried fruits (not too much) to flavor it to your taste buds!
Voila! You have granola!
Super Easy Homemade Granola
A few nuts, some coconut oil and a few other things are all that is needed for this healthy, satisfying snack!!
- 5-6 cups Different Nuts ((anything but peanuts) )
- 1 cup Assorted Seeds
- 1/4 cup Coconut Flakes
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1 cup Assorted Dried Fruit
- Seasonings to Taste ((get creative here))
Add nuts to food processor and pulse to chop up bigger nuts
Pour nuts into ceramic bowl
Melt coconut oil on stove on low heat (use a jar in a pot of water
Mix seeds and coconut flakes into nut mixture
Pour melted coconut oil over nut/seed mixture and toss until nuts are evenly coated.
Add honey or maple syrup if desired
Place nut mixture on cookie sheet in thin layer. Add seasonings if desired
Roast at 375 degrees until golden (~ 20 minutes)
Add Himalayan Salt if desired
Cool for 30 minutes
Toss dried fruits and/or cacao nibs into cooled mixture