Grain-Free Granola

IMG_2460The end all be all for grain-free granola. I have been messing with a grain free granola recipe for most of the summer, but finally dialed it. And here it is for you: in all it’s warm cinnamon-y glory. Now go, and fill your kitchen with the smell of baking granola (it rivals the smell of baking bread).

Notes: This is a great recipe for cleaning out those little bags of nuts you have sitting in your pantry. Be creative here, I love adding cocoa nibs, sunflower seeds and other add ins. Use this recipe as a general guide. The toasting in the oven really revives the nuts, so if you have some that are on the edge of stale, toss them in, they’ll turn out fine.

3 cups raw and unsalted, mixed nuts

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon flax meal (or seeds)

3/4 cup coconut oil

1 apple, chopped

3 medjool dates, pitted and cut in half

2 teaspoons cinnamon (more or less as desired)

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

a grind of pepper

Preheat your oven to 325.

In a small sauce pan melt the coconut oil with the apple, dates, and spices, cover and let simmer on low while you prepare the nuts.

Meanwhile, toss the nuts in your food processor or blender and pulse just until they are chopped (I don’t mind if there area few whole ones, but you do you). Put in a large mixing bowl and mix in the coconuts, chia, flax, and anything else you are tossing in. Set aside.

Once the dates have fallen apart and the apples are very soft, transfer the mixture to your blender/food processor and process until smooth. Pour the mixture over the nuts and mix to combine, spread over a large sheet pan. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes, check it and give it a stir, bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and it starts to smell irresistible. (Careful here, it can go from almost done to burned really fast.)

Serve with anything and everything.

Looking for a more traditional granola recipe? See my Mom’s Granola Recipe.

Bonus: here is an updated picture of Paddington, he’s a strapping 3-year-old, and loves living in San Diego. However, he HATES having his picture taken and looks like a rebellious teenager whenever he knows I am taking his picture. IMG_2465



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