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Grain Free Granola

You read that right.  Grain free granola.  No wheat, no oats, no barley flakes, no grain period.  This turned out better than I imagined.  I thought I would have to play around with ratios before posting the recipe but I got a winner on the first try.  I’ll still play around because it’s fun creating different recipes.  In this recipe, you soak the nuts and seeds overnight.  Why do that?  Nuts, seeds and grains contain phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient and enzyme inhibitors.  For more info on that, Cheeseslave.com has some great articles.  I’d start here http://www.cheeseslave.com/2009/11/17/why-soak-and-sprout-grains/  It does take a little extra planning but it’s worth it.


Grain Free “Granola”
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts 
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 4 cups shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used chopped sulfur free apricots)
Soak walnuts and sunflower seeds in enough water to cover with 2 tsp sea salt overnight.  Or if you have a supply of crispy nuts from Nourishing Traditions, you can use those and skip the soaking step.
Mix nuts, seeds and coconut.  In a saucepan, warm up coconut oil with honey, cinnamon and vanilla.  Mix oil/honey mixture with nuts, seeds and coconut. Stir to coat well. 
Divide mixture between 2 baking sheets (line with parchment for easy cleaning).  Heat oven to 200F and bake for about 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.  When the nuts are dry, it’s ready.  Let cool then add dry fruit.  


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