“Nut-ola” Recipe

I miss cereal.  There, I said it.  I miss the crunchy, sweet texture with milk.  I used to make my own granola but now that I can no longer eat oats, those are out of the question.  So what’s a girl to do?? Then a friend of mine told me about LARABAR brand of “Renola” IMG_1097which is like granola but only nuts ,seeds, raisins, etc. However, it has tapioca syrup on the ingredients list which can be a no-no for the likes of us.  Then I thought, “Hey, how hard can it be to make my own??”  Based on my previous experience making granola and granola bars I improvised.  Since it turned out really well (if you ask me 😉 ) I thought I would share my recipe.

Ingredients needed (what I used): 

  • 1 c. each walnuts, pecans ( chopped) and almonds (I like sliced), shredded coconut, raisins (optional).  You can add in any type of nuts or seeds you would like.
  • 1/2 c. cocoa nibs (since cocoa is not on our acceptable list use in moderation and omit if you have problems.)IMG_1080
  •  1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. ground almond flour or coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp stevia

Directions:

Set the oven to 325 degrees. Put the walnuts into a medium sized bowl and crush (I like to crush manually to get size differentiation), then add the chopped pecans, almonds, coconut, raisins and cocoa nibs (I also a few banana chips for more texture-watch sugar content.) Mix together thoroughly.  Add cinnamon and nutmeg and mix.IMG_1081

Melt the coconut oil on low heat. Once melted add the honey and vanilla and melt together.

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Once the oil has cooled slightly, pour a little at a time into the nut mixture while stirring until it is completely coated.IMG_1092

Place evenly on a cookie sheet and bake on top rack for 15 mins, turing mixture over every 5 mins. so that it browns evenly.  This can burn quickly so be sure you aren’t busy with 10 other things at the same time like I usually am. (Burned my first attempt-No Way, Jill!!) It is done when it is a toasted, golden brown.

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While the “Nut-ola” is in the oven, grind up almonds into almond meal and place into bowl.  Mix with stevia; a little more cinnamon and nutmeg. (You can always use coconut flour if you don’t have almonds.)  Cool the “Nut-ola” for a while then coat with the almond meal, stevia mixture so that it doesn’t clump together in storage.  I put mine into a glass jar on the counter for storage.  It usually goes fast in our house, however!

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Top your favorite grass-fed yogurt, lactose-free milk (mine is Fairlife!) or salad.  Or just grab handfuls for “dessert” after dinner.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post.  Please let me know what you think of my recipe!

(Disclaimer: I usually “wing” my recipes so measurement may not be exact.)

Have a Happy and Healthy Day!

Jill

 

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