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Paleo Granola With Oven-dried Strawberries

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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 leisurely project that will return many happy moments every time you eat a spoonful. Full of satiating nuts and omega-3 rich chia seeds, this paleo granola packs a punch of nutrients and flavour. Serve with unsweetened, full-fat yogurt, coconut cream, coconut milk or coconut yogurt. You can also sprinkle it over stewed fruits and fruit salads.

Paleo Granola With Oven-Dried Strawberries

Paleo Granola With Oven-dried Strawberries
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups raw almonds
  • 2 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1½ cups coconut flakes
  • 10 medium to large strawberries
  • 6 dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • ⅔ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅔ cup dried Goji berries
  • ⅔ cup chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preparing the oven-dried strawberries is easy but it does take a bit of time, so you can occupy yourself with other errands or reading a book while they’re baking. Wash and pat dry the strawberries and slice lengthwise. You should get about 5-6 slices from each strawberry.
  2. Heat the oven on its lowest heat setting, about 75 C / 165 F. Spread the strawberry slices on a parchment paper covered tray or sheet pan, or ideally on an oven tray with holes for better air circulation. Bake (oven-dry) the strawberries for 2.5-3 hours. At around 2-hour mark, carefully peel and turn the strawberry slices over. You can also dehydrated the strawberries using an actual dehydrator.
  3. Remove the strawberries from the oven to cool, and turn the heat up to 150 C / 300 F. Mix the almonds and macadamia nuts in a large baking tray and roast for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes or so. 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.
  4. Remove the nuts to a bowl and allow to cool. In the same baking tray, scatter the 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.
  5. Place the almonds and macadamia nuts in a food processor and grind into smaller chunks/crumbs.
  6. Mix the nuts, coconut flakes, and oven-dried strawberries with 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.

Paleo Granola With Oven-Dried Strawberries

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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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