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Paleo & Whole30 Granola Cereal

24 Jan

Sometimes you just want a bowl of cereal.  Whether it be for breakfast or an any time of day snack a spoonful of crunchy paleo goodness floating in almond milk can really hit the spot.  This is a modification of NomNom Paleo’s Tropical Granola recipe.  My sister-in-law to be was the first one to create this modification and after enjoying it over the weekend I couldn’t wait to make my own!

Whole30 granola cereal with almond milk

Whole30 granola cereal with almond milk

Ingredients:

2 cups raw sliced almonds

1 cup raw chopped pecans

1/2 cup raw chopped walnuts

1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

3 cups unsweetened flaked coconut

1 cup canned pineapple tidbits in pineapple juice

5-8 pitted dates, chopped

3 tbl. orange juice

1 tbl. vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

Method:

Preheat your oven to 250°F.  In a large bowl toss together almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, and flaked coconut.  Using a 2 cup size glass measuring cup add pineapple tidbits to the 1 cup line then pour juice from the can over the pineapple and up to the same 1 cup line.  Add pineapple with juice to your food processor along with dates, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.  Process until smooth.  While processing drizzle in your coconut oil.  Toss the smooth pineapple mixture with your nut mixture and then spread evenly across 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 250°F until golden and toasted, approximately 1.5-2 hours rotating racks halfway through.  Once cool, if you like dried fruit in your cereal, toss with additional pitted chopped dates or unsweetened and unsulphured dried fruit.  If you can’t find any Whole30 compliant dried fruit in your local stores you can order from a great selection at Steve’s Original.

I love this recipe best in a bowl with unsweetened carrageenan-free almond milk!

Repurposing Paleo Recipes

24 Mar

We all have our favorite paleo recipes, paleo recipe sites, paleo cookbooks.  There is always more within those pages than you might realize.  There are ingredients or portions of a recipe that you can use in entirely new ways.  Eating paleo never has to be boring or monotonus.  Paleo eating certainly should never be bland, although a lot of recipes out there are (beware!).

Here a two great examples.  Paleo granola (Paleo Made Easy p. 25).  I originally made this recipe to have, you guessed it, granola!  Having granola meant having a crunchy snack that I could just grab and eat, plus it meant I could make parfaits (Paleo Made Easy p. 33) or simply just add it to coconut milk yogurt (I recommend So Delicious Greek style coconut milk yogurt in raspberry or strawberry).  How was this granola repurposed?  As CEREAL!  Just pour some in a bowl, add almond milk (or coconut milk beverage if you prefer), grab a spoon and enjoy!  The best part about using granola for cereal aside from it tasting awesome, is that it doesn’t get soggy!

Paleo Made Easy granola cereal

Paleo Made Easy granola cereal

Another repurposed recipe is the chocolate peppermint coating for my Paleo Cave Girl Scout Cookies (Paleo Made Easy p. 123).  I was making the cookies one afternoon and friends in the house were dragging.  We decided espresso over coffee which turned into wanting to try almond milk lattes.  As soon as the espresso was poured into the almond milk I asked a friend to bring me her cup and I drizzled some of my paleo peppermint chocolate coating over her latte.  Delicious!

Paleo almond milk latte with peppermint chocolate drizzle and cave girl scout cookie

Paleo almond milk latte with peppermint chocolate drizzle and cave girl scout cookie