This recipe, from the inspirational family at Paleo Parents, may be just what you need as an alternative to supermarket cereals or traditional granola. Thanks Stacy and Matt for sharing it with the My Athletic Life community.
We’ve been teasing our granola recipe for enough time that we’re racked with guilt on having held out this long. We just really wanted to get the site relaunch taken care of before publishing it, in order for it to be the kick-off of our new kid-friendly approach.
The good news is, since we’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while it gave us a chance to try it a few times before sharing it with you – and hopefully the result is the absolute best grain-free and refined sugar-free granola you’ve ever tasted. If nothing else, we hope it’s good enough for your kids to dig into a big bowl as cereal with hemp, coconut or almond milk running down their chin.
Paleo Granola (Grain and Gluten-Free Cereal)
1 1/2 C sliced almonds
1 1/2 C unsweetened coconut flakes
1 C walnuts, finely chopped or pureed
1 C macadamia nuts, finely chopped or pureed
1 C dried cranberries
1/2 C fresh dates, diced
1/2 C coconut oil, melted
1/3 C honey
2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions & How Kids Can Help
♥ Combine almonds, coconut flakes, nuts and fruit in a bowl
♥ Whisk together oil, honey and cinnamon
♥ Pour oil-honey mixture over nuts and fruit and mix, let little hands mix well
♥ Spread onto a single layer on lightly oiled baking sheet
Bake for one hour at 275 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent burning
Note: All steps which include the heart symbol (♥) are steps your children can do with you!
This recipe makes a hefty batch that you can store in your pantry for quite a while. It is wonderful to eat loose by the handful or as part of a trail mix; but our boys love it by the bowl full with a handful of berries. Once you’ve made a batch, feel free to play with the nuts to include your own favorites – just make sure to always keep sliced almonds and coconut flakes as the base. Our kids particularly love the cranberry and dates combination but we’ve used raisin and chopped apricots with good luck too.