Have a relaxing weekend and enjoy some homemade granola

Today is my 29th birthday!! So we thought we'd focus on something a bit lighter and relaxing that will hopefully help you enjoy the awesome day that is July 27th.


There’s nothing like starting your morning with a fresh cup of coffee along with a big bowl of fresh fruit topped with cinnamon and homemade yogurt and granola. We started making our own granola a few years ago when we became frustrated with all the added sugars in the store-bought variety, not to mention more packaging to throw away. We were on the hunt for a delicious and healthy recipe, and we found it at Epicurious. It has the added bonus of being grain-free for those who are trying to follow a Paleo diet or eat less grains.

Paleo Granola with Coconut and Almonds


INGREDIENTS

3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

1 1/2 cups sliced almonds

1 cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 cup honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract



PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Toss coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, if using, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom in a large bowl.


Cook honey, oil, and vanilla in a small pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot and easily pourable, about 1 minute. Pour over coconut mixture and stir to combine. Spread mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet and bake, stirring once halfway through, until golden-brown and crisp, about 25 minutes.


Store tightly covered at room temperature.



NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories 283

Carbohydrates 17 g (6%)

Fat 23 g (36%)

Protein 6 g (13%)

Saturated Fat 11 g (54%)

Sodium 96 mg (4%)

Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g

Fiber 5 g (20%)

Monounsaturated Fat 7 g

per serving (16 servings)

So many granolas are full of salt, unneeded fats and sugars.

This is just another way to make your life simpler. You won’t be bringing home a lot of extra packaging, and you have control over how much salt, fats, sugars and added fillers and chemicals you consume. This recipe is a winner! Once again, what is good for our environment is good for us.

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