My Bariatric Life's granola is free of grains, sugars, and preservatives. In my share post, What the Whole30 Diet Can Do for You, I gave a high-level overview of the program. I later wrote ** What the Whole30 Diet Did for Me** to share my experience with the Whole30 30-day challenge.
It's been several months since I completed Whole30 and have been following the Paleo Diet, which is a somewhat more lenient version of Whole30. I remain very happy with my level of fitness and weight loss achieved by following this plan of eating. I now weigh the least I have weighed in adulthood.
By the way, I highly recommend the Whole30 book,It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.**** "Good for You" Food that Tastes GoodIn my interviews with Lori Rosenthal R.D., she stressed that one of the key success factors to ** Keep the Weight Off for Life** was to find healthy foods that you enjoy rather than to view these foods as a sort of temporary diet food a punishment to be endured as part of the weight loss process. One of the foods I felt deprived of as I ate grain-free was, not surprisingly, grains. I grew tired of eggs for breakfast every day, day in and day out. So I searched out recipes to make grain-free granola.
I am the sort of person who colors outside the lines, thinks outside the box, marches to the beat of a different drum call it what you will, I simply cannot follow a recipes. I must create; it's at the core of my very being. So I gathered up several recipes for review and from there I developed my own recipe for granola that had no grains, sugars, or preservatives.
My family loves this recipe, which was inspired from a few of the good Paleo foodie bloggers out including PaleoOMG, Nom-Nom Paleo and Paleo Parents. It is delicious straight out of the bag for a snack, or served as a cereal with low fat coconut milk, or atop fresh fruit for breakfast.
Whole30 Granola Recipse unsalted raw (not roasted) nuts/seeds and dried fruits with no added sugars or preservatives. Check your ingredients labels! Many so-called healthy foods have chemicals and sugars added.
-1 1/2 C whole almonds
-1 1/2 C whole cashews
-1 C chopped walnuts
-1 C shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
-1 C dried persimmons, cut into sixths
-1 C dried peaches, cut into sixths (or bite-sized pieces)
-1/2 C coconut oil, melted
-1/2 C ghee, melted
-1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/4 C cinnamon
-1/2 T ginger
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, coat the almonds, cashews and peaches in the melted coconut oil. Then toss well to coat with the cocoa powder.
- Spread into a single layer on a very large baking sheet. Bake for 20-minutes, stirring after 10-minutes to prevent from burning.
- In the meantime, using a clean mixing bowl, coat the walnuts, seeds, and persimmons in the melted ghee. Then toss well to coat with the cinnamon and ginger.
- Add this mixture atop the batch of cooked nuts and peaches, and spread into a single layer. Cook for another 20-min, stirring after 10-min to prevent from burning.
- Let cool before consuming. The nuts will crisp as they cool. Store in a plastic storage container or zip lock bag in your freezer. There is no need to thaw before eating.
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