Paleo granola? Is that even possible? No oats? No sugar? I am not by any means strict Paleo follower, but I find more and more that I love cooking Paleo inspired recipes.  When America’s Test Kitchen was running a cookbook sale, I ordered a few cookbooks and this one came from the Paleo Perfected cookbook. Confession, it was more than a “few” cookbooks, but best not discuss that part right now.  I made some modifications, increased the cinnamon, used pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds. What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to swap out different nuts. This would work great with almonds and hazelnuts. Also, other fruits would work well, like dried cherries or dried pineapple.

paleo granola

In terms of prep, it comes together in minutes.  All of the prep can be done out of one bowl then just gently pressed into a parchment lined baking sheet. 

When this bakes, the aroma is out of this world.  The entire house smells like a bakery.  With all the cinnamon and ginger it actually makes me feel like an ordinary Sunday morning is Thanksgiving. 

Paleo Granola
Super easy grain free granola
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup maple syrup
  2. ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  4. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  5. 1-½ teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  6. ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  8. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 2 cups almonds, chopped
  10. 2 cups pecans, chopped
  11. 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  12. ½ cups pumpkin seeds
  13. 1 cup raisins, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Add almonds, pecans, coconut and pumpkin seeds and mix until everything is evenly coated.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and firmly press the granola so it is stays together.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for an hour before breaking it apart. If using raisins, break apart the granola and stir in raisins.
Notes
  1. It will come out in delicious bark like consistency, but can be easily broken into loose granola for topping parfaits.
  2. Very good eaten as an energy bar.
Adapted from Paleo Perfected by America's Test Kitchen
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