Tomorrow, Saturday December 14th is the official day my book is released, and I’m so excited!! Super Paleo Snacks will be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Indigo, or Bookish and in some retail stores. So crazy and surreal! We didn’t know for sure if it would launch in time for holiday gifts. (We thought Jan 1st all along, but hoped for this!) Now I’m in a mad scramble to do some speedy-quick marketing. So, if you wouldn’t spreading the news, I’d sure appreciate it. Fortunately, there is no easier and better way than to share the news via facebook, instagram or pinterest. I would be so so grateful!!!
Okay, enough with my shameless desperate plea. So, to celebrate the release, I wanted to share my favorite snack. It’s the Crunchy Omega-3 Flax Granola (I am realizing just how truly lame that name is, so please don’t judge this snack by it’s name). I eat it daily. I take this on every trip with me. It is always in my purse in case I need a snack, and it’s the first thing I eat every morning. This recipe is under the “Nut Free” section in my book (page 152) but I think this snack belongs in every chapter because it is so practical.
I love this snack for so many reasons. First, you can easily tinker with the recipe to include what YOU like. Mine ingredients are fairly simple. But, you can toss in more salt or coconut palm sugar, add some different nuts, shredded coconut, whatever…Second, I love it because it is super duper crunchy and that (crunchiness) is one thing I miss eating from Paleo foods. It’s very satisfying when I want something crunchy! And third, I love it because it has a purpose (multiple, actually). While many of us love our flax and chia (especially chia) seeds for their fiber and anti-inflammatory properties, some of us have a hard time getting those slimy things down (especially the chia seeds!). This is by far the easiest way I have found to get these seeds into my diet. And, because I cook this recipe on such a low temperature, it helps to preserve the nutrients in the seeds and protect against oxidation. Oh, and lastly, it’s super easy to prepare. It’s probably THE easiest snack I make, for what it’s worth. Please do note though that compared to the other snacks in the book, this one tends to be more suited for adult pallets.
Play with what combo works best for you. You can eat it on it’s own, add it to your Greek or grass-fed yogurt or however you would like….
Crunchy Omega-3 Flax Granola
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- 1 cup whole flax seeds
- ½ cup raw pepitas
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup (56 g) raw sunflower seeds
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup dried fruit (I like tart cherries which are anti-inflammatory)
- Preheat the oven to 170°F
- In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
- Then add the water, combine well with your hands and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the mixture as flat and evenly as possible on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 to 10 hours or until crispy. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Break apart and enjoy. Store in an airtight container.
- Lately I've been using 1 cup chia and 1/4 cup flax to get in the extra chia and that seems to be my favorite combination.
- Also, I make this at night so around 7 or 8pm I'll get it ready and put it in the over. And then it's ready for me when I wake up in the morning. You can also flip the whole piece about two hours after it's cooked (but not necessary), and then let it cook the rest of the way until the next morning. It should be super crunchy when it's done cooking. If it's not, allow it to cook until it is completely dry and crunchy.
- Also, I typically double this batch so if you eventually do, be sure to spread it out on the baking sheet flattening it out as much as possible. It tastes better when it's thinner.
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