I’ll be honest, I’ve been stuck in a food rut. Every since I discovered my son’s salicylate allergy a part of me died. The part that loves to be creative in the kitchen. We have embarked the FailSafe Diet out of Australia and while I am seeing major improvements, it is also the most boring and unhealthiest diets I have ever run across and it flat out sucks. I mean no fruits, a few veggies, no herbs…it is difficult and I got well, lazy…lazy to making his foods (which is about 12 foods the most…). I’ve neglected my own health. But I got the bug, inspired to make something for my husband, daughter and myself can eat. I had a ton of raw nuts from Trader Joe’s sitting in my fridge and I came across this Paleo Granola post and thought I can do that. I threw in this and that and to my surprise, it tasted like a Banana Nut Bread, but it has no bananas. How did I make this Banana Nut Paleo Granola without bananas? I don’t know… I think it is the mix of raw carob chips with the coconut sugar, walnuts and cinnamon oil. It is quick and easy to make that I made twice in 4 days!
Banana Nut Paleo Granola
1 c each pecans, cashews and walnuts
1/2c each sunflower, carob chips and pumpkin seeds
2/3 c of unsweetened coconut shreds
2/3 c chestnut flour
1/3 c coconut sugar
3/4 c Grade B maple syrup
1-2 drops of cinnamon oil (or 1 heaping teaspoon of grounded cinnamon)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees
- Crush raw nuts in the vitamix or blender. Don’t over grind, you will get a nut flour
- Add in coconut sugar and chestnut flour
- Add 2 drops of doTERRA Cinnamon Bark oil in 3/4 cup maple syrup
- Pour syrup mixture all over granola in a bowel and stir until completely coated
- Bake in oven for 75 min at 200. And stirred it at 30 and 60 min
- Turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven
We have enjoyed this as our morning cereal, a snack and on some organic maple flavored yogurt.
Why cinnamon bark oil? Cinnamon has a lot of healing properties, I wrote about it in last year’s flu article to add cinnamon to applesauce to help “bind” in, What to do When the Stomach Flu Strikes. This is because it is anti-infectious and anti-viral. (helps kill infections in the intestines and urinary tract) as well as stimulate the immune system. It is also antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and best known to help diabetics stabilize blood sugars. This would be an excellent snack for a diabetic.
This oil is known to help boost energy as well as one sex’s drive. Hellooo! You don’t have to take my word for this, I made another batch because I sampled it out.
I also avoided almonds in this one. I am kinda almond out to be honest and I find it hard to eat walnuts plain and chestnut flour, it can be bitter, but coats this granola so nicely it actually binds the granola into clusters. I love these accidental creations and it has actually sparked my creative flow again.