Paleo Chocolate Chia Nut Cereal

9 Oct

Our gym is starting a paleo challenge tomorrow and I know there are members who love cereal!  I may or may not be related to a member who is very upset anytime he can’t have cereal.  Decided with the challenge starting that this would be the perfect time to create a new paleo cereal recipe for those who don’t want to change their morning eating habits too much.  I’m thrilled with how this recipe came out!  It rivals Wegman’s chocolate chia granola, but mine is grain free!

Paleo chocolate chia nut cereal

Paleo chocolate chia nut cereal

Ingredients:

2 cups sliced almonds

1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds

1 cup chia seeds

2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup organic blue agave

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

3 tbl. cocoa powder

1 tbl. cinnamon

1 tbl. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

Method:

In case you’re wonder, yes all the nuts/seeds I use are raw.

Preheat oven to 250°F.  In a small bowl whisk together agave, honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Toss remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl, pour sweet oil/seasoning over, and toss well to combine.  Spread mixture across two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 250°F for 1.5 hours, mixing every 30 minutes.  Then turn off the oven, leave the oven door ajar, and allow the mixture to completely cool.  Break up and move to a container/zip top bag for storage.  Enjoy ~1/4 cup with almond/cashew/coconut milk!

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