Despite often being called a “crunchy granola type” (hippie) I really can’t stand granola. It’s too sweet and unpleasant in my mouth. Nuts, on the other hand, are yummy, good for you and I need more in my diet. I have been honing this “Just nuts granola” recipe for over a year. How do I know it’s good? Because I make it over and over again, my kids and grand daughter love it, as does anyone who comes into my house and tries it. It is so simple and easy you won’t believe it. A batch this size lasts me about two weeks, on my counter in a jar with a lid. It’s a tad sweet (so it kind of tastes more like a nut brittle) and a just a bit salty, which you can adjust to your tastes.
Here are all the ways I eat it:
- On yogurt.
- On a banana.
- On cottage cheese with fruit on top.
- On cereal or oatmeal.
- In a tiny bowl by itself.
- You can eat it on ice cream but I don’t.
The other great thing about this recipe is that you can mix and match the nuts to your tastes. Don’t like cashews? Leave them out. Need more Brazil nuts in your diet? Just add them in. (High in Selenium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium…you get the idea.)
Here is what I put in mine:
Coconut flakes (technically not a nut but there is a nut in Coconut)
Also, if you want to add dried fruit to it, add it at the end. I have been told by a great alternative Doctor, Wendy Warner, that if you want to keep your blood sugar down and are going to eat fruit, eat it with some fat. These nuts go great with fruit.
3 cups mixed raw, unsalted nuts and seeds (and coconut)
¼ cup oil — your choice of type
¼ cup maple syrup
- Set your oven at 300.
- Mix everything up in a bowl and spread it on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Store in a jar on your counter for up to 2 weeks.