Breakfast on a restricted diet is hard. You can make pancakes or waffles (and I promise a waffle recipe is in the works the last try just.. didn’t work out too well, it’s getting there), or eggs. That in my experience is pretty much it. There are of course other avenues, making mini quiches, muffins etc… all of which I will eventually post but even those things while delicious take a lot of work. Sometimes when rolling out of the bed at any time previous to 7am you don’t feel like cooking, anything. So I decided that it was high time I had a breakfast cereal to eat with my fruit on mornings that the thought of food preparation made me internally angry. This is the result.
4 c. whole almonds
2 c. raisins (or dried cranberries)
4-5 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 c. pumpkin seeds (or other chopped nut)
1 1/2 c. sesame seeds (or other chopped nut)
5 tbs. cinnamon
3 tbs. vanilla
1/2 – 3/4 c. honey (depending on how sweet you like your granola, I use 1/2)
1 1/2 c. boiling water
Preheat your oven to 375F.
Pulse whole almonds in a food processor until they are in smallish chunks. There will be some fine powder as well, this is fine. The main idea is to great a consistency similar to rolled oats.
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
Mix together thoroughly.
Dissolve honey in boiling water with vanilla. Pour the honey mixture over the dry mixture and mix together until all the dry mixture is thoroughly coated.
This is a large recipe so you may need to bake it in a few batches depending on how many cookie sheets and baking pans you own (or how big your oven is).
Spread a thin layer of the wet granola over an ungreased cookie sheet or baking pan.
Bake for 30 – 40 minutes total. Halfway through the baking time (around 15-20 minutes in) use a long spoon to reach in the oven and stir the granola around on the pans to keep it from sticking and make sure it all bakes relatively evenly.
Once bakes allow the granola to sit for half an hour or more cooling, it will get a little crunchier as it cools as well.
Then eat and enjoy!