Having mastered a cashew nut loaf recipe as an alternative for my beloved daily bread, I figured I had breakfast in the bag. As long as there was the time to whip up some eggs to accompany, my early paleo days got off to a pretty decent start. But what of the mornings where time is short and a quicker fix is needed? With porridge, granola, muesli and cereals etc all off the menu, unfortunately there’s few convenience items on the shelf that are ‘legal’ and speaking from experience it is not wise to leave the house on an empty stomach when you’re Paleo, as you quickly learn finding pre-prepared food isn’t the easiest of tasks.
As well as the ease of preparation, it was the texture of granola and berries with it that I missed and as much as I love eggs, eating them every morning can feel a bit egg-treme. (C’mon!) A little research turned up the few available Paleo granolas on the market but yikes, they are not cheap! I took a snap shot of the back of a few boxes for their ingredients then set about putting together my own – turns out it’s really easy and honestly the best granola I’ve ever eaten.As well as breakfast it makes a great snack too. I’ve since made several batches and been eating it almost daily – I’d advise to shop wisely for the ingredients though, buying nuts and seeds etc in bulk online really brings the cost down or if you have access to a wholesaler that helps otherwise supermarkets like Aldi are brilliant for picking up such ingredients at a great price.
Gluten, Grain & Sugar Free Granola
The great thing about this recipe is the freedom you have to mix it up as you please. Chose any nuts you like and keep them chunky to add texture. The honey is optional depending on how strict you are about your sugar intake and if you’d like it a little more spicy add some extra ground cinnamon or ginger as is your preference.
The recipe makes a 1kg batch which lasts me easily a couple of weeks. The honey is optional and the more more you add the more the more sticky the mix will be and so form clumps rather than individual pieces. Any large clumps can be broken up once cool.
80g coconut oil
30g honey – optional, more if you prefer it sweeter and in clumps
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
350g coconut flakes, broken up if smaller pieces are preferred
120g pumpkin seeds
80g sunflower seeds
80g golden linseed
250g mixed nuts or any you like, roughly chopped
150g dried berries or any you like, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 160’C
- Add the coconut oil, spices and honey if using to a small microwavable bowl and heat for 30 seconds then mix
- Weight out all the dry ingredients and add all except the berries to a large baking tray then stir well together
- Pour over the melted coconut oil and mix well so that all the ingredients are coated
- Add to the oven and check every 5 minutes and stir once the top layer of granola is golden brown, then turn the mix over and repeat a couple of times until all the granola is nicely toasted. Will take about 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from the over and add the berries and again combine then leave to cool before decanting into an air-tight container.