This past week I finally reunited with the lovely Jen Fields to start training again! I had desperately missed her immobilizing workouts from junior year and with the craziness of my last semester, I knew I needed all the motivation I could get to make me workout – especially since I conveniently forgot I’ll be in the Bahamas for Spring Break in less than 3 weeks. (When I finally acknowledged this exciting/frightening reality last week, I immediately started and successfully completed another 3-day juice cleanse.)
While we were training, Jen told me she had recently decided to go Paleo and immediately began to gush about all of the amazing grain-free recipes she had perfected. While I’m not a Paleo, I tend to follow a diet that’s fairly similar to what they recommend (meats, veggies, fruits, nuts) so I was excited to try some of her new favorite dishes…… And once I tried this granola, I was already planning my trip to the grocery store to buy the ingredients before I had even left her apartment.
She posted her own recipe on her new food blog, but I substituted a few of the ingredients – so my version is posted below.
Grain-Free Cinnamon Pecan Granola
- Handful of Cashews
- Handful of Pecans
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 1-2 Tbsp Almond Butter
- Cinnamon to taste
- Nutmeg to taste
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pulse cashews and pecans in food processor a few times just to chop them into smaller pieces – don’t blend for TOO long!
- Gradually add the rest of the ingredients while slowly massaging the mixture so that it develops an even consistency and begins to stick together.
- You may need to adjust the amount of honey/almond butter depending on how many nuts you use and the type of granola you would like.
- Spread mixture evenly across baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes – keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn!
- Let cool and harden.
I paired the granola with unsweetened almond milk and sprinkled some shredded coconut on top for a post-dinner snack last night and also for breakfast this morning. But because I seem to have demolished this batch in just two servings, I will definitely double the ingredients next time so that it might last longer than a day…
However, if you have any normal amount of self control, you can probably make it last a little longer than I did.