Paleo granola: another one of those Paleo food oxymorons, I suppose. “Nutandseedola” just doesn’t quite have the same ring, eh? While this granola may not have the oats of its namesake, I think it does a pretty good job of filling in all the granola-shaped holes that were left in my life when I went off grains.
To make Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Granola, you’ll need:
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp. salt (Real Salt and Himalayan Salt are good choices)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
I’ve been soaking my nuts and seeds for quite some time now. It improves their digestibility and nutrient absorption, as well as counteracts their anti-nutrients. To soak your nuts and seeds, simply dump them altogether in a large bowl. Add a tbsp. of real salt and stir. Fill the bowl with filtered water so that it covers the nuts and seeds by a couple of inches (the mixture will soak up the water and if you don’t have enough water, the ones on top will not end up getting soaked). Let your nuts and seeds sit overnight, covered by a towel.
In the morning, set your oven to 150°. Rinse the nuts and seeds in a colander, then pour them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet (for this amount, it make take two baking sheets). Place the sheet/s in the oven and let nuts and seeds dehydrate for 8-12 hours. You can give them a stir somewhere around the halfway point to ensure all of the nuts and seeds are getting evenly dehydrated.
Once the nuts and seeds are dry and slightly crispy, you’re ready to make your granola.
Preheat your oven to 275°.
In a large mixing bowl, combine your honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla and mix well.
Add the shredded coconut, raisins and mixed nuts and seeds and combine the ingredients well.
Pour the mixture back onto the parchment-lined baking sheet/s and pop back in the oven.
After 10-15 minutes, give your granola a stir.
Let bake for another 5-10 minutes, watching the nuts carefully (nuts go from perfectly crisp to perfectly burned rather quickly!).
Remove from the oven and let cool.