The other day I made this delicious Gluten Free/Grain Free Chocolate Granola.

I loved it.

It had a simple favor and was not too sweet.

I would totally make it again, but my people wanted something a touch sweeter.

And raw cocoa powder tends to keep Shane awake at night, so he wanted a less caffeinated version.

Here is what I came up with!

Maple Nut Crunch

1 cup almonds

1 cup walnuts

2 cups pecans

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup maple sryup

5 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup shredded coconut

Soak the nuts in a bowl of water overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse them.

Pulse nuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces.

In a small saucepan, melt butter and then mix in maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.

Pour butter mixture over nuts. Add in chia seeds and coconut. Mix well.

Spread on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for at least 4 hours at 200 degrees. Toss a few times and then remove when it is nice and crunchy!

This version disappeared much more quickly. I will definitely be making this again soon.

It is great served over yogurt with fruit, or just in a bowl with milk like cereal.

What’s New?!

May 19, 2012 in breakfast , family , Paleo     1 comment

A quick camera dump to show you some of what has been going on around here!

We had a great Mother’s Day!

We began the killing season!

We celebrated Avery’s 9th Birthday!

We spent hours watching pool and deck construction!

We moved some dirt around.

We loved on our month old baby girl.

And we ate some strange but delicious meals!

Paleo Waffles and Sweet Potato Fries!

Paleo Waffles

3 cups Almond Meal

4 eggs

1 cup canned coconut milk

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix in a bowl and pour into waffle iron. Top with butter and syrup!

Every now and then we break paleo protocol with this yummy, any time of the day treat!

Raw grOat Meal!

I am all about using whatever ingredients you have in the house to make things work…

I typically use dates in my groatmeal, but I didn’t t have any dates yesterday, so I improvised.

It worked well. Very very well!

• Pour groats into large bowl, cover completely in warm water, add two tablespoons lemon juice, and soak overnight.

Drain well.

Preparation One:

• Add half the groats (about 3.5 cups) to food processor.

• Add 6 dates (soaked in warm water for 30 minutes to soften if you have time)

• Add one heaping tablespoon cinnamon.

Blend.

Repeat with remaining groats.

Preparation Two (I now prefer this way):

• Add half the groats (about 3.5 cups) to food processor.

• Add 1/4 cup grade B real Maple Syrup

• Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

• Add one heaping tablespoon cinnamon.

Blend.

Repeat with remaining groats.

Serve with almond milk, nuts of your choice, and fruit.

Enjoy!!

To learn more about soaking grains check out this link: Nourished Kitchen