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Paleo Granola With Oven-dried Strawberries

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Recipe: Paleo granola with oven-dried strawberries

This grain free, gluten free breakfast cereal alternative might take a couple of hours to prepare but it’s a leisurly project that will return many happy moments every time you eat a spoonful. Full of filling nuts and Omega-3 rich Chia seeds, this paleo granola packs a punch full with its vitamins and flavour. Serve with unsweetened, full fat yogurt, coconut cream, coconut milk or coconut yogurt. You can also sprinkle it on stewed fruits and fruit salads.

Cooking notes: you can get most of these ingredients from your local health food store and green grocer.

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 10 medium strawberries
  • 6 dried apricots
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup dried Goji berries
  • 2/3 cup Chia seeds

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Instructions

  1. First you have to prepare oven-dried strawberries and this will take the longest amount of time. The good thing is that you can occupy yourself with other errands or reading a book while they’re baking. Wash and pat dry strawberries and slice lengthwise. You should get about 5-6 slices from each strawberry. Turn the oven to the lowest heat setting, about 75C. Spread strawberry slices on a rack or a tray that has holes to let the hot air circulate under the berries. Oven dry/bake for 2-3 hours. At around 2 hour mark, I carefully peeled and turned the strawberry slices over.
  2. Once you remove strawberries from the oven to cool, turn the heat up to 150C. Scatter almonds and macadamia nuts in a large baking tray and roast for 10 minutes, giving them a stir every 1-2 minutes. You’re after golden brown colour and a nice toasted smell. Watch the nuts towards the end of the roasting period as they will need more frequent stirring.
  3. Remove nuts to a bowl and let them cool. In the same baking tray, scatter coconut flakes and roast for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. As with the nuts, keep an eye on them and stir half way through.
  4. Place adlmonds and macadamia nuts in a food processor and grind into small chunks/crumbs.
  5. Finally dice dried apricots. Mix nuts, coconut flakes, and apricots with strawberries and the rest of ingredients and let the mixture cool down completely before storing in an air-tight jar or container. It should keep for a few weeks, although you might end up eating it much quicker.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours

Number of servings: 10-12

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19 Comments
  1. Since we are the only mammals that drink milk after we are nursed, I do not believe that paleo ancestors used dairy products

  2. Thanks for this recipe. I’ve just made it, and can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow now. A quick question on toasting nuts. My oven’s normally pretty reliable, but I got next to no colour on the macadamia and almonds in the time you suggested. Next time round (and there will be a next time!) is more time or a higher heat better?

  3. Hi there, I made the mistake of using my magic bullet for the nuts. It made them like powder. I haven’t tried to eat it like cereal, so we’ll see. Would a regular food processor break them but not pulverize them? I made a few “butters” from nuts before, in the processors, so I’m hoping it doesn’t get like that.
    Thanks!

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  5. Hi Irena!
    Recipe looks great and I think I’ll tackle it tomorrow. I’ve recently started Paleo (35 days and counting) and your website is helping me a lot!! I feel quite relieved when I find good recipes as I get quite bored with food and like to mix it up constantly.
    I was wondering with this granola – could I make a double batch of it and store in the fridge for a 2-3 weeks period? Would the ingredients be ok for this amount of time?
    Thanks for your recipes and all your time! It’s greatly appreciated.
    Alissa.

    1. Hey Alissa,

      Yep, it will definitely keep longer in the fridge. I made a huge batch the other day as we were going on a road trip and it was super handy to have and I know in the past I’ve had a batch for over a week even out of the fridge.

      Irena

  6. Hello,

    I recently came across this recipe on Pinterest, and am interested in posting it to our website, http://www.genesmart.com, the place for healthy anti inflammatory diet resources.

    I’d love to share this recipe with our customers. Do you have any sort of nutritional information for this recipe?

    Also, we did link back to your site. Looking forward to finding more delicious recipes on your website!

    1. Hi Allison,

      I don’t have full nutritional info for this recipe on hand and I would have to go through all ingredients and look it up, which I don’t have the time for at the moment. Sorry. I’m ok with people sharing my recipes as long as they only use the pic and ingredients and link back to my site for full instructions. You can write up basic instructions in your own words of course. :)

      Cheers,
      Irena

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