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Paleo Granola

It's mesmerizing...

It's mesmerizing...

I know what you're thinking. Nuts, dates, shredded coconut. How many times can we combine these ingredients and still make delicious snacks? First of all, a million. Second of all, I was once skeptical like you...until I tried this Paleo granola. You guys. Oh man. I had to hide the container before I ate the whole damn thing. This granola is perfect by itself, sprinkled on your chocolate paleo pudding, while commuting to work, after a tough workout, in the middle of a date, after a breakup, while contemplating life. So, all the time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup almonds (slivered or whole)
  • 2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup date puree
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Grind the chopped pecans in a blender until it is mealy (for a coarse granola, just keep the nuts chopped).
  3. Add pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, and coconut to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. Pour date purée on top of nut mixture (For date purée: soak 15 dates in warm water for 5 minutes. Add water and soaked dates into food processor and blend until liquid.)
  5. Pour melted coconut oil, vanilla, and cinnamon on top of nuts. Mix well until fully coated.
  6. Spread mixture evenly on baking sheet.
  7. Cook granola for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip granola after 10-15 minutes so it gets an even cook.
  8. Remove from oven and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  9. Store in a hipster mason jar or a simple Tupperware. I enjoy both equally.
  10. Sprinkle on top of your Paleo Chocolate Pudding for extra crunch!
  11. Eat and enjoy!

Fair warning: this snack is a very high calorie food. But don't feel guilty about enjoying it! And try replacing the coconut oil for an all natural, no added sugar apple sauce to reduce the calories. (I'll have a post about apple sauce soon!)

This is the total breakdown for the entire batch. Break it up however you wish! 315g fat/269g carbs/62g protein/3873 calories

Note: I am not a nutritionist, and the above f/c/p breakdown is an estimate. Please consult a physician or dietician before embarking on a regimented diet.