The kids have been into granola lately and wanted to be able to offer them something without the oats, even though there are some good gluten free (Udi’s) granolas out there. Anyway, they wanted to help put something together so thought this would be ideal. I got this recipe from my friend Marla, and her amazing blog, so thanks M! Here is what you need:
Use any nuts you guys love. We had some, but also wanted to get a few more so we went on a Trader Joe’s run. I love their raw nut selection, and price. In particular, I used:
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup roasted flax seeds
- 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tsp celtic sea salt
- 1 cup raw dark honey
Pour all of the nuts in a food processor and blend with a few quick pulses. You want it still to be the consistency of very small nuts, and not nut flour. Then add the salt and cinnamon to the mix.
No bossing around going on here…
Next is the messy, and fun part, if you’re kids are helping. With some good raw honey (thanks for the awesome honey Whitney; the kids LOVED the honeycomb if you can’t tell!), pour 1 cup into a sauce pan and cook on low. Add the vanilla. You don’t need to cook this long, just a few minutes so it gets thinner and so it will be easy to pour.
Lots of teaching, I mean teamwork, going into this…
Now go back to your nuts while the honey is warming and put them in a large bowl. Once you’ve done that, your honey should be ready, so pour the honey all over the nuts and mix together well. Pour your concoction on a cookie sheet that is covered with parchment paper and spread it out. It will be gooey and might seem like there’s too much liquid but it will cook up fast, I promise.
This was a little before it was cooked, but I wanted to put some on an apple while it was still spreadable, and let’s face it, the kids didn’t want to wait the 15 minutes to cook it and 30 to let it cool….Yum! This stuff is awesome already.
Preheat oven to 350. Now, put cookie sheet in stove and let it cook for 10 minutes and then pull it out. Grab another piece of parchment paper, cover what just came out of the stove, and flip the whole thing. Now, let it cook another 6-8 minutes. Once it’s done, allow for it to cool for 30 minutes or so, so it can harden up. Now crumble apart and enjoy! My husband said it was the perfect snack with his coffee!