Granola is often suggested as a snack for folks who are on a diet because, as long as you don’t buy the one that has all of that extra salt and sugar in it (like the kind you find in trail mixes that are mixed with chocolates and salted peanuts), then it makes a great guilt-free snack. Plus, it’s very easy to bring to work or school, especially if you package it up in a handful of small plastic lunch bags before-hand; then you just grab one and go.
Like everything else, though, store-bought granola is often laden down with otherwise unnecessary preservatives, so you can always opt to make your own healthier version of it right on your own stove.
Not only can you serve this sugar-free recipe as a snack or dessert, but you can also make it for breakfast as a cereal! Granola makes for a great fall snack, and it’s also ideal for the work grazer to keep in his or her desk for those moments when you just need a little extra something to get you through to lunch.
Paleo Granola Recipe
● 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Melt coconut oil and pour into a small bowl.
4. Add cinnamon, vanilla, and salt (if none of the nuts are salted, you can choose to add a dash of salt). Stir well.
5. Pour the oil mixture over the dry mixture. Stir to combine and evenly coat.
6. Spread the granola on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Stir, then bake for an additional five minutes.
7. Allow granola to cool completely, then store in an airtight container.