Most of my clients are on a Paleo Diet or try to eat Paleo most of the time. I love making granola and set out to create a Paleo granola recipe. When I did research on the internet I found Paleo granola made exclusively with nuts and dried fruits. These recipes did not seem like granola to me. I have been using hemp hearts, chia seeds and flax seeds in many of my baking recipes and decided to give this healthy trio a try in a granola recipe.
Using nuts and seeds with hemp hearts created a very tasty granola that looked much like granola and tasted very close to traditional granola as well. You can enjoy this granola with almond milk or your favorite yogurt, milk or coconut milk. One of my clients says he just eats it straight out of the jar throughout the day and takes it on all of his bike rides.
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- ½ cup flax seeds
- 1 cup nuts such as almond slices, cashew nuts, walnuts,
- 1 cup seeds such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
- 2 cups dried fruit such as diced apricot, raisins, cranberries, diced dried fig or apple
- ½ cup real maple syrup, honey or agave nectar
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ fresh grated nutmeg
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat.
- In a medium bowl add ¼ cup maple syrup to chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp hearts. Toss to coat.
- Spread this mixture out on the pan and press it down so that everything bakes together.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool and break apart. This way you get little clusters and crunchy bits.
- Add nuts and dried fruit, remaining ¼ cup maple syrup and sea salt and spices.
- Return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes.
- Store in an air tight container for up to 3 months.