First off you guys rock!! Thank you all who commented last week to be my testers. I’m going to try to get some recipes out to some of you who volunteered so I can get your opinion on things. For those who asked what a tester would involve…basically I’ll send over a recipe concept I’m working on for the book and you cook as the recipe (which would be top secret) describes and you report back on the instructions/bake time/taste was all ok. Again testers the recipe is top secret so it can’t be shared with others. I’ll outline everything in email to all of you rock stars that offered to help. Again….thank you, thank you, thank you!! You are all the best readers a girl could ask for.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! The family and I hit the hiking trail this weekend, which is where this granola would have come in handy but of course I forgot it in the car. Which in the end worked out great because we were starving after coming off the trail. So the hike was the first hike for the girls. After all, not many mountains or hiking trails in South Florida. It’s rare you even see much of a hill in Florida. Anyways, 4 miles total on Saturday and this was after a morning soccer game so needless to say we had two tired girls on our hands by the end of Saturday. Which if you are a parent is a beautiful thing! If your not….just wait and trust me for the time being. The hike was awesome, nothing like a sunny fall crisp day. Here we are at the top
It’s hard for me to believe, but this is my first attempt at a Paleo granola. It won’t be my last either! I’m working on a couple for the e-cookbook so stay tuned. But for the next 30-40 days I’m giving up nuts for my Paleo challenge at my gym. I know crazy right, especially since I’m knee deep in recipe testing for the books right now. But a girl needs to challenge her self and it worked early this year when I did the challenge at my last box before the move. By the way I had my first Paleo talk last Friday night to launch our Paleo challenge….I was nervous…like really nervous! I thought I would be ok but I got up there and all of a sudden a wave of nervous energy came over me. I could even hear it in my voice when I started talking. Not cool! Seriously though I was able to get things out and tell everyone how Paleo changed my life and just how awesome it is! I also had some great one on one time with some of the members which was a bit more comfortable for me. I love Paleo and Crossfit! Have a mentioned that before? It truly is a great community of people! Ok, so here you go folks some Paleo granola.
Apple Pie Paleo Granola
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
7 medjool dates, chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add nuts, dates, and unsweetened shredded coconut to a bowl of a food processor and pulse to slightly chop nuts. Add spices and salt and pulse again to evenly distribute.
In a bowl whisk together apple sauce, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Place wet ingredient into the bowl of food processor with nut mixture and pulse to combine.
Evenly distribute granola (using fingers) on prepared baking sheet.
Place in oven for 30 to 35 minutes until golden. Stop to stir ingredients halfway through the baking so the edges do not get over brown. It will allow things to cook evenly. The granola will harden up once cooled completely.
I highly suggest keep granola in an airtight container and store in freezer. It keeps the granola fresh and crunchy.