Not Your Ordinary Granola…

I don’t know about you, but right after lunch my sweet tooth kicks in.  I always want just one piece of chocolate – which turns into a handful and me thinking just one more.  I was getting addicted to grabbing a few pieces of chocolate after lunch everyday at work. I seriously had to stop.

Guess what?  I found an alternative – my own granola! I know what your thinking.  How does granola satisfy your sweet tooth?! I know, I know.  It’s definitely not a replacement for chocolate but it appeases my craving. And it’s paleo. Woohoo!

Not only is this snack great to curb those sweet cravings, but it’s also great for your mid-morning/mid-afternoon snack.  It’s filling, tasty, and healthy. Sounds like a win-win to me. Try it!

What healthy snacks do you eat everyday?


  • 1 1/2 cups cashew pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 4 T of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

All ingredients are from my local Whole Foods.  Whole Foods has bins full of yummy nuts/seeds/dried fruits at a good price!


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.

Mix all nuts/seeds in a large bowl. Set aside.

Sauté coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan for 2 minutes. Once it starts to boil, turn off the heat. This should take about 2 minutes.

Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with all of your nuts/seeds and stir, stir, stir.

Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread into a thin layer on the pan. Bake for 15 minutes.  Stir and put back in.  Bake for another 15 minutes or until the coconut flakes are toasted.

Once finished, let cool for 10 minutes. Feel free to add any dry fruit you’d like.  Enjoy!

Recipe inspiration: Dan Holmen aka Crossfit trainer

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