Gluten Free Granola

I used to eat chicken sausage and veggies every day for breakfast as I do not eat eggs. After doing a diet analysis project for my Nutrition class, I decided that I needed to give up the daily chicken sausage and opt for gluten free granola with almond milk. I went shopping for bagged granola and was so upset seeing all of the additives that really should not be consumed. I decided to make my own instead and the outcome was great! It is a very easy recipe and you can get everything in the bulk section without spending an enormous amount of money.

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What You’ll Need:

3 cups of gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup pecan pieces

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup flax seed meal

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup pure honey

3 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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What  To Do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Combine all dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl

In a small saucepan, combine honey and coconut oil over low heat

Once honey/coconut is combined remove from heat and add vanilla

Pour onto dry mixture and mix well

Pour onto baking sheet and spread evenly

Cook for 5 minutes. Remove, flip mixture over, and cook for another 5 minutes

Once granola is lightly browned remove from oven and let cool

Break granola into pieces, store in airtight container

Enjoy in yogurt or almond milk, or even eat plain.

Chocolate Cranberry Lara Bar Bites

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE Lara Bars. Lara bars are made with very simple ingredients, Raw Nuts, Dates, Unsweetened Fruit, and sometimes Dark Chocolate! OMG! This is a Paleo/Primal followers dream. As much as I love buying them I love making them as well (cheaper too). If you have a food processor, this will probably be the easiest and fastest thing you can make.

What You’ll Need:

1 Cup Raw Almonds

8 Medjool Dates (pits removed) – I buy mine the the bulk section at Wegman’s

1/2 Cup dried cranberries

3 Tbsp Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life)

1/4 Cup Raw Pecans

Sea Salt to taste

(You may need to add a Tbsp of water to make the  dough sticky)

What To Do:

In a food processor, process the almonds until finely chopped. Just make sure you don’t process until you get a flour.

Remove 1/3 cup of the almond and set aside.

Add the pitted dates to the food processor and process until finely chopped and sticky. A dough will start to form. Add the cranberries and process again. Here you may need to add water if its not sticky enough. If the dough seems dry you can add up to a tbsp of water. Go a little at a time so you don’t over moisten.

Add in chocolate chips and pecans and process until they are chopped. Add salt to taste. Pulse remaining 1/3 cup of almonds for texture being careful not to over process.

Roll into small balls and place in fridge or freezer. I wrap my in saran wrap individually so it makes it easy to grab and go.

 

I found a recipe for Cherry Chocolate Lara Bars and subbed the cranberries for the cherries. Recipe was found at Oh She Glows

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Trail Mix

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I have been in the mood to snack lately and have fought the temptation for chips and crackers. Trail mix is a great alternative. This is full of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and the best part, chocolate! Perfect on the go snack! I keep it in the car when I get that craving.

What You’ll Need (You really can put whatever ingredients you like)

Almonds

Cashews (lightly salted – that way you get the sweet and salty combo)

Pecans

Unsweetened Coconut

Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower seeds

Crasins

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks

What To Do

Combine everything in a plastic container with air tight lid and shake until everything is mixed up.

Eat and enjoy