I love snacks. Can anyone relate? But its hard to find on the go snacks that are healthy, wholesome and budget friendly.
I’ve always loved all forms of granola, but unfortunately recently I found out that I shouldn’t be consuming grains and gluten. (Bummer!) But I don’t let it stop me from eating all of my favorite foods, here’s to you food freedom, but I AM significantly more conscious about the foods I put in my body now, which is how I came about making my own paleo granola.
What is Paleo, and why is it so popular?
- A diet based on foods similar to what we might have been eating during the Paleolithic era, approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. Usually it includes meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. All things that could be found in nature and obtained through hunting and gathering.
- It’s popular because it cuts out grains, diary, processed foods and other foods that are commonly linked to weight gain and gut inflammation. Of course everyone is different and you should discuss with your doctor what diet would work best for you, but for many people they see great results in either losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight by following a Paleo diet.
I love making my own granola because it is SO customizable and easy. Plus it’s a great way to start using up some things that you might have lying around in your pantry.
Don’t like cashews? No problem, substitute them for pecans, walnuts or peanuts. Like it a little sweeter? Go ahead and add some more honey. If you are vegan substitute maple syrup or date syrup instead of the honey. Feel free to add raisins, dried fruit, or even freeze dried fruit (my favorite are blueberries!) If you choose to add these I would add them right when the granola comes out of the oven, before it cools.
Making your own granola tastes so much better than store bought and you don’t need to worry about what kind of processed ingredients are in it.
There are countless ways to enjoy your homemade paleo granola. Top your yogurt with it, grab handfuls right out of the jar (personal favorite), mix it into your cold or hot cereal or sprinkle it onto some ice cream. This is the perfect crunchy ingredient for just about anything your heart desires!
Ready to make this easy and delicious paleo granola?!
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- ½ cup coconut chips
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup cashews
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ⅓ cup honey (substitute maple syrup for vegan)
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
- In a large bowl combine all of the nuts, seeds and coconut. Mix well.
- In a small microwave safe bowl add honey and coconut oil. Microwave for 30 seconds until coconut oil is completely melted. Whisk together.
- Combine wet ingredients with dry and mix. Making sure all dry ingredients are completely covered by the honey oil mixture.
- Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and pour mixture onto it. Spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check after the first 10 minutes. Stir the granola mixture and cook for another 5-7 minutes, check and stir again. At this point keep an eye on the granola, it will only take a few minutes from this point for it to be finished. Everyones ovens are different.
- Remove from the oven when golden brown. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.