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 Good
In 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 Recipe
Use 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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