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PALEO GRANOLA (paleo, vegan, grain-free)

If you are following a paleo or grain-free diet, granola is not off the menu.  This delicious recipe will satisfy that granola craving.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup raw pecans, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup raw pistachios, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup raw pepitas

1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, divided

3 tbsp date sugar (coconut sugar is a perfect substitute)

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup dried sour cherries, soaked in hot water to rehydrate

1/4 cup chia seeds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 and place in the center pf the oven.

Combine the pecans, pistachios, pepitas, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

In a small saucepan, add date sugar, coconut oil and maple syrup and heat over low heat until date sugar has dissolved.

Transfer liquid mixture and pour over nuts. Using a rubber spatula, toss to combine, ensuring that the mixture is completely coated.  Add 1/4 cup of the coconut (reserve the other half for later).

Spread onto baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the mixture is golden to dark brown.

Remove from oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then add the rehydrated cherries and remaining 1/4 cup coconut.

Let cool completely before transferring to a jar or container.

Notes

Raw nuts work best in this recipe.

Use your creativity with this recipe.  Don’t fret if you can’t find the ingredients.  You may already have the ingredients in your pantry

Stay close to the oven.  Nuts go from not cooked to burnt in a blink of an eye!

Make a double batch and give it out to your friends and family.  They will thank you for it.