Being from the Northwest and all, you’d think I would’ve made a pan full of paleo granola way before now…
So what inspired me to finally take this clumpy and crunchy plunge?
Believe it or not, it was the plantain chips I just made. They were so good and crispy, I thought they would be perfect to include in a granola recipe.
Now all I needed was some nuts and seeds and dried fruit. So…I slipped on my tie-dyed shirt and Birkenstocks, and off to the store I went!
OK, I didn’t really dress up. But I did go scoop up some great fresh ingredients from the bulk bins.
(By the way, you don’t need to make the plantain chips – just replace those in the recipe below with some more dried fruit and/or unsweetened shredded coconut!)
And since it’s fall, I decided to add some pumpkin pie spice to my nutty little mix.
This paleo granola was a big hit in our house! And there are so many ways to enjoy it – you can just munch on a handful, sprinkle it on top of paleo ice cream (I know, a big sweet treat!) or how about as a crunchy topping for your paleo pancakes? The possibilities are endless.
Healthy granola is such a great snack for your kids too. And it can give you a nice energy boost after a workout, or just anytime you need a little trail-mix mojo to perk up your day.
Once you’ve got all the ingredients, this pumpkin-spiced paleo granola is a snap to make. I kept the honey and maple syrup on the low side to make it an even healthier snack.
Just be sure to let your pan of hot granola cool down so that it all sticks together nicely. Then just break it up and put it in air-tight containers.
We all know most of those pricey bags of packaged granola in the grocery store aren’t the best for you. I believe your own, cheaper homemade granola is going to be way better than anything you can buy.
But as with all nuts and dried fruits, you should enjoy this one in moderation. Even though it’s awesome and you will want to shovel it in, go easy on those carbs peeps. My husband had to politely take it away from me for safekeeping…but I really think he just wanted more for himself!
So go make this pumpkin-spiced granola and enjoy…meanwhile, I’m going to go hug a tree. 🙂