First of all, sincere apologies for not posting as often lately! Man, life can be a bit distracting! So, to make it up to you all, I’m sharing my recipe for CHOCO-NUT GRANOLA. This stuff is so delicious and yummy, you’ll be hard put to stop with a single handful. For starters, this is a gluten-free recipe and in fact, there are no grain ingredients whatsoever, only nuts and seeds which are chock full of minerals and healthy fats such as oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid found naturally in many plant and animal products. Oleic acid has been shown to reduce inflammation, boost memory power, and reduce symptoms of asthma, as well as lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol). Another plus to eating nuts? The healthy oils/fats found in macadamia nuts, walnuts, etc. actually help the body burn fat more efficiently! So, check it out…you and your family will love this!
- 1/3-1/2 cup Almonds
- 1/3-1/2 cup Cashews
- 1/4 cup Hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup Macadamia nuts
- 1/4 cup Pistachios
- 1/2 cup Walnuts
- 1/3 cup Sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup Pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup Sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup Organic, Unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp. organic, extra virgin coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. organic cocoa powder
- 1-2 Tbsp. raw honey
- Dash of course grain sea salt
The above measurements are only a guide…you can experiment with different ratios depending upon which nuts/seeds are more preferable to you! Begin by lightly chopping all nuts and throw into a large mixing bowl. Throw in the seeds as well as the organic, unsweetened coconut flakes. In a separate smaller bowl or mixer, stir together coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder and sea salt. (You may have to warm honey in order to gain correct consistency as the coconut oil mixture should be liquidly.) Pour mixture over nuts and seeds and stir, ensuring all nuts/seeds are thoroughly coated. Press into pan and bake on low heat (150 degrees) for about 45 minutes. Chill. Eat. Yum!
Side Note: You can also add in small pieces of dried fruit for an extra sweetness or zing. My favorite are tart cherries! However, be aware that most dried fruit contains a lot of sugar so watch portions accordingly.