Monday, January 12, 2015

Easy No Grain Granola - Great for Paleo or Gluten Free Diet

Avoiding grains can be a very difficult thing to do!  For me, granola was always something that I enjoyed, especially if it came in the form of a handy little bar shape.  Convenient and tasty, granola is a mainstay for many busy families.  I was given this recipe by a dear friend and love it so much that it will be a mainstay for healthy snacking or an on the go breakfast!

To make these delicious bars you will need the following ingredients ~
* 3 cups of assorted nuts and seeds
* 1 cup of chopped, dried, unsweetened fruit (I used apricots and raisins)
* 2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
* 1/4 cup coconut oil
* 1/2 sunflower seed (or other nut) butter
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
* 1/2 tsp sea salt
* 1 tsp cinnamon

1) Layer 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper.
2) Mix nuts and seeds in a bowl.
3) Take out 1 cup and chop into small pieces.
4) Chop remaining nuts and seeds into even smaller pieces.
5) Combine all nuts/seeds with dried fruit and shredded coconut.

6) Heat in medium saucepan - oil, nut butter, honey, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until bubbling.  Remove from heat.
7) Mix wet mixture into nut mixture until thoroughly combined.

8)Press mixture into pan. Use waxed paper to keep hands from getting sticky.
9) Let sit for 2 hours.
10) Cover and put in freezer for 1 hour.

11) Lift out of pan using parchment paper.
12) Cut into desired sized bars.
13) Enjoy!

For more Paleo recipes, check out this book
Paleo Sweets and Treats: Seasonally Inspired Desserts that Let You Have Your Cake and Your Paleo Lifestyle, Too 

 and 
Paleo Indulgences: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes to Satisfy Your Primal Cravings

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