Happy Friday, y'all!!!
And, of course, I must shout out to Mr. HHT today...Thanks for being born, sir! I sure am blessed to have you to do life with. God couldn't have given me a companion to watch Netflix, eat sushi, drink margaritas and red wine, and tame infants with. Happy happy.
Now, on to granola!
No one should be surprised to see yet another salty+sweet recipe from me.
Here’s a brief overview of my salty+sweet love affair that I enjoyed throughout my childhood:
Y’all, those are just a few of my early experimentations in the gloriously complex world of salty+sweet foods.
I never considered, however, tossing maple into the salty mix until I tried RX bar’s Maple Sea Salt flavor last year.
When they say sea salt, they weren’t kidding. It’s loaded with pretty course bits of sea salt and bursting with rich maple goodness, and IT’S FREAKIN AWESOME!
But it got my little paleo brain a thinkin….why can’t I take that same idea and turn it into a granola?!
A paleo granola at that!
Well, y’all, we wouldn’t be having this conversation today if I hadn’t knocked that idea out of the park.
This granola is gluten-free, paleo, and vegan, though it’s not Whole 30 since there’s maple syrup…hence the name of the recipe. But you could easily make it Whole 30 by omitting the maple, molasses, and vanilla.
If you’re on team #saltysweet like me and you enjoy crunchy snacks that make your body and brain feel fueled instead of drained, today’s your lucky day!
I am a granola fanatic.
Though that hasn’t always been the case. Throughout my nutritionally confused high school and college years, I avoided it like the plague since it was high in fat due to the frequent presence of nuts and oil.
Remember, in those days, dietary fat could still make you fat….or so we thought. Egg whites and chicken breast and nondairy buttery spread were staples of my diet.
I shutter just thinking about it…
Nowadays, I have to restrain myself around granola, especially this one. It’s so crunchy, so hearty, bursting with a variety of textures and flavors and consistencies.
And if when it's strictly paleo- so no oats- then it’s kinda like a baked trail mix that results in bit ol hunks and clumps that are just THE BEST for snacking.
Daggum it, I’m drooling just thinking about it.
If you’ve never made granola, well, this would be one to start with.
It’s totally paleo and vegan and gluten-free, cheaper than ANY store-bought paleo granola out there, and requires very little effort.
How little? Here’s how easy peasy paleo it is, y’all:
1. Throw coconut oil, maple, and molasses in a microwave-safe bowl and nuke for 30ish seconds so they’re a melty syrup of deliciousness.
2. Swirl in some spices and, of course, some salt.
3. Toss in a few handfuls of nuts and seeds, mixy mixy, and pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet (parchment=easy clean up)
4. Bake for 25ish minutes.
5. Sprinkle on smoothies, oatmeal, pumpkin pie breakfast custard, or enjoy it by the handful(s).
Would this make a KILLER Christmas gift to neighbors and coworkers and other worthy recipients? Hey, it’s not too early to start thinkin about it…
Could you hand this out to the neighborhood ghosts and ghoulies in a few weeks? Errrrrrm, probably not. Kids+bits chunks of nuts=usually not so hot.
Just do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself on Halloween night. Better yet, mix it with some popcorn or sprinkle it one some cashew milk ice cream for a wickedly delicious treat.
A few notes about the recipe before we adjourn:
Y’all, this recipe is just what your fall breakfasts and snacks have been needing. Gosh, if you really wanna guild the lily, enjoy it with a cup of coffee with my pumpkin creamer swirled in.
Talk about a freakin fall-tastic breakfast.
And if this recipe floats your boat, you might be interested in these, too:
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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