I have to say, there are times my family misses the convenience of a bowl of cereal in the morning. They are not really traditional granola fans, but sometimes they just want something crunchy in a bowl with some cold milk on top. So I started making an all nut “granola” that absolutely has replaced cereal in our house. It is so versatile, that once you get a feel for making it, you can add dried fruit, shredded coconut, cinnamon or anything you want to change it up.
It is absolutely satisfying as cereal, but it is honest to goodness just wonderful as a crunchy snack, a topping for yogurt if you eat yogurt or even coconut yogurt. Fantastic as a topping on your favorite paleo or primal ice cream. Oh and super good as a hot cereal too. Just put it in a bowl and add some hot almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk…. up to you.
1/3 cup raw sliced or slivered almonds
1/3 cup raw walnuts
1/3 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds or pepitas
1 to 3 TBS of Raw Local Honey
Pinch or two of good fine salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place all nuts & seeds in your food processor along with a pinch of salt and a TBS of honey. Pulse a few times so the nuts and seeds are just a rough chop. If the mixture is good and sticky you are done. If it is not sticky (just sticky not wet and goopy) add another TBS of honey. Taste for salt and add another pinch at this time if it needs it. Pulse again just to incorporate the extra honey. Check to see if mix is holding together and just sticky. If it is still a little too dry and not holding together (check by taking a small amount of the mixutre and make a ball in your hand… if it holds together it is ready… if it doesn’t you need a bit more honey.)
If you still need more honey, you don’t want to over process so transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and add a touch more honey and stir in with a spoon.
Then place the mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the oven. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. All your nuts and seeds should be nicely toasted and the granola so be baked together. Once cooled you can break apart into clusters and store for up to 10 days in an airtight container.
If you love this as much as we do, you can add dried fruit, shredded coconut, cinnamon even your favorite chocolate chips. You can change it up a million different ways. Just put your add in’s after you are pulsed together nicely and fold them in. If adding spices such as cinnamon, we add a tsp or 2 to the mixture in the beginning so it is incorporated into the mixture evenly.