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NUT GRANOLA WITH APRICOTS

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I must admit this recipe is basically a secondary product (of previous failures). I simply made use of leftovers from other recipes – a mixture of nuts and shredded coconut that was left from when I was making a Power Bar from the Elana’s Pantry blog; and a mixture resulting from my failed attempt at home-made dairy-free white chocolate (which I’m still working on, it seems I need to wait for the delivery of coconut milk powder).

At first, I thought I’d conjure up nut bars but there wasn’t enough honey and/or fat in them to hold together. Instead of adding more sweeteners I’ve decided to go for a home-made granola. So it was actually by accident that I’ve come up with this real-food (but not paleo) recipe.

If you want to stay strictly paleo, no problem! Just leave out the oats and increase the amount of nuts and shredded coconut. You will avoid problematic substances (more on that below) and extra carbs. Nuts and coconut are a great source of healthy fat, as well as a storehouse of important minerals and vitamins.

Treats should only be a small part of your paleo / AIP diet, one can’t repeat that often enough. But if you have some unused leftovers at home, or if you’re training for a half-marathon or a CrossFit competition, this granola can be pretty handy. (In fact, it can be handy on many other occasions, too.)

BRAZIL NUT FACTS

- aids in digestion

- helps in treating acne

- beneficial in weight loss

- boosts immune system

- helps in proper functioning of thyroid gland

- helps to prevent artherosclerosis and heart attack

- helps in cellular growth, repair and wound healing

- helps to prevent constipation and bloating

- helps to prevent colon cancer

 

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Note:

Consult health care professional before adding Brazil nut to diet.

 

Nut granola with apricots

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Ingredients:

½ cup cocoa butter

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup nuts (I’ve used Brazil nuts and walnuts)

¼ cup shredded coconut

¼ cup dried apricots

½ cup oats

1-2 tbsp honey

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla essence

(100 g / 1 bar dark chocolate)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).

 

2. Melt cocoa butter and coconut oil (together) over low heat.

3. While they are melting, mix together all dry ingredients (including chocolate cut into small pieces, except for cinnamon).

4. Add honey, cinnamon and vanilla essence to melted cocoa butter and coconut oil. Keep stirring until they combine.

5. Add the mixture of dry ingredients.

6. Put the resulting mixture in a baking dish and bake for approx. 20 minutes. Serve cold.

More tips:

There’s hardly anything to add. Just create your own preferred version. Try various types of nuts, add seeds or different kinds of dried fruit. Instead of honey you can use maple syrup, or skip sweeteners altogether! Especially when you use a lot of dried fruit (which has a high concentration of sugar) or chocolate.

To make a strictly Paleo version, skip the oats and add more nuts and/or shredded coconut (or coconut flakes). Oats are naturally gluten-free but they contain substances that are pro-inflammatory and, therefore, are avoided on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). These substances are called prolamins [1]. They are storage proteins in plants and the prolamin in oats is called avenin. The problem is that they are not completely broken down in the gut because their complex structure is not compatible with our digestive enzymes. They then damage the gut and cause an inflammatory reaction.

Moreover, oats are usually handled in a gluten-loaded environment. Therefore, sensitive individuals may get a reaction from contaminated oats. Look specifically for gluten-free oats, if you want to be 100% sure.

Enjoy!

[1] Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Approach, Victory Belt Publishing Inc., 2013

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