Simple Homemade Paleo Granola – Easy to Customize!March 19, 2021
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Ok, so my husband bought some paleo granola for me from the supermarket the other day and I fell in love – with the cereal! (I fell in love with him years ago!!) 🙂
I knew I could make my own version and I decided to give it a try this past weekend. It was actually a super simple process. It was such a success, in fact, that I’m planning on making a BIG batch of it within the next few days.
Why make a paleo granola from scratch? Well there are a few reasons:
- You can customize it exactly to your preferences. Don’t like pumpkin seeds? Leave them out. Adore dried cranberries? Add extras!
- You can save money over purchasing the store-bought variety. Whenever you purchase a pre-prepared food from the supermarket, there’s a premium associated with that. Making your own from scratch will leave more money in your pocket.
So what do you put inside the granola? Well the choice is yours. Here are some good options:
- Almonds (I used slivered almonds, but whole works too)
- Walnuts (Go with whole or chopped)
- Cashews, Peanuts, Macadamia Nuts (Any combination of nuts)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Chia seeds
- Coconut flakes (Use the unsweetened variety)
- Vanilla extract
- Dried cranberries
*You could also add a touch of sea salt if you enjoy a salty/sweet combination.
Now let’s work on assembling the granola. Ready for the super complicated recipe? OK, mix everything together! 😉
Simply add all the ingredients you want, in the proportions you prefer, in a big mixing bowl. For reference, I used about 1/2 cup each of all my nuts & seeds & dried fruit. Then I used just 2 tbsp of honey and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Again, the relative proportions can be adjusted to your liking. My granola wasn’t overly sweet at all, so if you prefer it sweeter, be sure to use more honey or a calorie-free sweetener like stevia.
*Note: If you decide to omit honey and use a powdered sweetener instead, you may want to add some melted coconut oil to help bind the ingredients together so they form clusters (just like regular store-bought granola.) If you’re using honey, the honey will help the granola form into clusters.
Once your ingredients are combined, simply lay it all out on a piece of parchment paper or a silicone non-stick baking mat & bake at 275 F for ~20 minutes. Let cool, break up and enjoy.
This was absolutely delicious and as I said earlier, I’m excited to make an even bigger batch next time, as well as experiment with difference ingredient combos.