Paleo Almond Pistachio Breakfast “Granola”

I must apologize for a short stretch of silence there!  You see, my little brother….(I call him my little brother, but let’s be honest here, he’s been bigger than me since oh, fifth grade? ;))…is moving to Virginia!  And he stopped here on his way through!!  He is still here, actually.  I just decided I could take a moment to blog, because he and Mr. Rodgers are very much engrossed in a game of NFL Blitz on Nintendo 64 right now.  Yeah.  Be jealous!!  Anywho, I haven’t abandoned you my friends, I have just been spending time with the fam.  It is the most important thing in the world to me, and I haven’t seen my side for a year!!  So I’m soaking up every minute!

But here I am!  I promise I’m still cooking!!  And here is a little treat for you!  I call it breakfast, but in all honesty….the few days after I made this, it was more like breakfast granola…then mid morning snack granola…then lunch granola…then mid afternoon granola…you get the picture.  😉  I.  LOVE.  GRANOLA!  But my options are limited since most granolas have sugar…or even if they are a healthy organic brand, they are mostly oatmeal.  Which I LOVE, but definitely react to.  Sad day!  Needless to say, I was stoked when I found this Abel Jame’s recipe for “Caveman Crunch.”  I tweaked it a bit, and whabam!!  Granola is back in my life!  I want it to be in your life too, so here you go:

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 C Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 C Almond Flour
  • 1 C Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1 C Almonds
  • 1 C Pistachios (Shelled)
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/3-1/2 C Raw Honey (melted)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 C Raisins (THIS IS MY ADDITION!  I am okay with raisins, but some paleo people are not!  If you don’t want the added fruit sugar, then you can leave it out.)

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325*
  2. If your almonds and pistachios are not slivered or chopped, then place them in  a food processor and pulse until a good, granola-like consistency.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients (minus the raisins) in a large bowl.
  4. In another bowl, combine the oil, honey, and vanilla.
  5. Line a large cookie sheet with foil.  Dump the wet ingredients over the dry and mix together till it is evenly coated.  Spread it out on your cookie sheet.  It should be in a nice thin layer.
  6. Bake in the oven until just starting to brown.  The original says 25 minutes, but mine never lasted that long.  You are cooking with honey, which burns VERY QUICKLY.  So check it often, and stir it at least once while cooking.  About 5-10 minutes before its done, sprinkle your raisins in.  Remove, let it cool, and serve however makes you happy!  I eat it in a bowl with unsweetened almond milk!  Would also be good on top of some Greek yogurt…whatever you can think up!

 

Peectures:

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Measure out your nuts!

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Put them in a food processor if they didn’t come slivered or chopped…

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And whiz until you get a good “granola” texture.

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Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl minus the raisins.

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Stir together all your wet ingredients.

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Pour the wet stuff over the dry stuff and stir to coat.  Spread thinly over a foil line cookie sheet.

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Bake at 325* until just starting to brown, stirring at least once and keeping a sharp eye out for burning!  Add raisins a few minutes before it is done.

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Enjoy however you desire!!!

 

Berry Good Breakfast!

Cheesy title?  Quite possibly.  But all you mother’s of small children caught what just happened there.  Perhaps I have been spending too much time in Berry Bitty City 😉

Anywho!  This is a very, very good breakfast…and very full of berries!  Usually when I eat this sort of thing to start my morning, I just do a bowl of yogurt with fruit.  It’s pretty good…but nothing too special.  Especially since…because of this whole health journey I am on…I don’t get to eat my favorite, creamy, nearly-neon yogurt that comes with big chunks of cherries in it.  Cause along with the big chunks of cherries always comes sugar or corn syrup up the wazoo.  See…here is my confession.  I’m a food blogger so I should have super fancy, uppity, refined tastes right?  Well.  I…I….I’m just going to say it….I don’t really like Greek yogurt.  ESPECIALLY plain.  Sigh.  Don’t judge me.  It’s just SO tart it almost hurts my tongue.  But if  I’m to be healthy, that’s my only option!  So I usually just chunk up enough of a sweet fruit that the juices counteract the tart and distract me.  Ha.  Silly me.  Never again.  Why did I not think of this sooner?  Look at what I did!!

Berry Good BreakfastOh.  My.  Dear.  Goodness.  Heavenly!  You can’t even see the yogurt any more, haha!!  Now, another confession…I didn’t really measure, but I don’t think that is an issue with this recipe, cause it just depends on how much you want of each thing.  So here is what you see there:

 

This is what you need:

  • Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/2 C – 1 C
  • Raspberries, a handful
  • Blackberries, a handful
  • Old Fashioned, or Stone Ground Oats, and handful
  • Thinly Sliced Almonds
  • Agave, a good drizzle!

 

Doesn’t that sound fantastic?  It had a granola feel to it, without the bad stuff they usually put in granola!  I have found the Naked brand of granola to be so delicious, but the kinds I have found always have craisins with sugar in them, or banana chips with sugar in them, etc…  Stink.  But I’m sure you can find purely healthy granola if you want to use that instead.  But what I loved about this is that I wasn’t even planning on making it, but found all these things just hanging out on my shelves, begging to be used.  The almonds added a nice crunch, the oats added a fantastic flavor that was almost sweet…and of course the agave stirred in gave it that sweetness I craved to mask the tart Greek yogurt taste.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Put the desired amount of yogurt in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle the top with agave, depending on much sweetness you desire.
  3. Sprinkle with oats, almonds, and berries.
  4. Stir it all up, or eat it in layers like a parfait!  Whichever you prefer 🙂  For additional pleasure, take this outside into the morning sunshine and soak in some well deserved Vitamin D while you delight your taste buds and love your body.

 

Remember when choosing between a donut, sausage Mcmuffin, and artificially flavored smoothie and something like this recipe….

YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE, NOT A TRASH CAN!

And you are a treasure that deserves only the best!!  Happy eating friends!