Posts Tagged ‘nuts’

This recipe comes with a huge disclaimer – I will not be held responsible if you sit down and eat nearly the entire batch!   Honestly, this is probably some of the best stuff I have made and I am really struggling with the  whole concept of “eat in moderation”, so much so that I packed a bunch of it up and gave it away to friends.  

For a sweetener in this recipe I did use some organic raspberry blossom honey, so it is definitely a treat and should be enjoyed in moderation!  If dariy still makes its way into your diet, this granola would be excellent sprinkled over plain yogurt and fresh berries. 


  • 1/2 cup each sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ribbon coconut and chopped walnuts (really any mixture of nuts and seed will work)
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup each chopped figs and goji berries
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey (I used raspberry blossom honey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. In saucepan over low heat combine coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt.  Continue stirring until heated through, but not boiling.
  2. In separate bowl, combine nuts, seeds and fruit.   Drizzle hot oil/honey mixture over nuts, stirring until well coated.
  3. Place mixture on a cookie sheet and bake in 300 degree oven for 30 minutes, turning once or twice during cooking
  4. Remove and let cool. 
  5. Break granola apart and store in air-tight container.

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Primal Protein Bars

Looking to pack a protein filled snack for my longer day adventures, I decided to add a simple twist to my primal nut ball recipe through the addition protein powder.  Using your food processor, you’ll find that these bars come together very quickly and the paste like mixture will press easily into bars making these a perfect pack and go snack.  


  • 3 dates, seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • 12 dried prunes, seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup organic dried apple slices, soaked for about 30 seconds in hot water and drained well
  • 1 cup roasted mixed nuts
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 scoops “proteins+” brand vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon, or more to taste


  1. In food processor, process nuts and coconut until roughly ground, remove and set aside
  2. Add dates, prunes and apples to food processor, and process until finely chopped
  3. Add nuts, cinnamon and protein powder and process until mixture comes together
  4. While processor is running, add maple syrup and continue processing until the mixture begins to ball
  5. Turn mixture out onto parchment paper and press into a block.   Wrap up in parchment paper and refrigerate until cold.  Cut into pieces and enjoy.

Note: If you still want nut chunks in your bars, reserve 1/2 of the ground nuts and coconut, and quickly pulse or knead it into the mix after all the other ingredients have come together.  Like in my primal nut ball recipe, flax seeds would also be a great addition to these.

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Roasted Mixed Nuts

For most of us who follow a primal/paleo diet, nuts have become a daily staple as they are a quick satisfying snack that also provides us with a good dose of essential fats and minerals.  In addition, many nuts including almonds and walnuts have also been linked to reduced cardiovascular risk. 

However, having to deal with food allergies has also opened my eyes to what is really included in commercially roasted nuts.  While it’s easy to reach for the roasted nuts over the sugar laden variety in the store, roasted nuts can often contain added unfavorable oils (i.e. corn, soybean or peanut), refined sugars and/or preservatives (i.e. wheat starch), thus making these commercially prepared varieties unacceptable under the primal/paleo eating plan and also very dangerous to those with food allergies. 

Roasting raw nuts at home is an easy way to avoid these hidden dangers and also produces what I believe is a fresher tasting more flavorful product then anything you can buy in the store.  When selecting what nuts to roast keep in mind that peanuts and cashews are not considered paleo as peanuts are in fact a legume and cashews contain a poisonous toxic making them inedible when raw.   For my nut mix, I selected almonds, walnuts and pecans, all acceptable under the primal/paleo eating plan and are also of similar size making them easy to roast together. 


  • 3 cups of mixed nuts (I’ve used raw almonds, raw walnut pieces and raw pecans)

Let’s get Roasting

  1. Spread nuts into single layer on an aluminum baking sheet
  2. Roast in 400 degree oven for 12 minutes or until the nuts emit a fragrant aroma.  Turn once during cooking

Note:  Keep and eye on the nuts to ensure they don’t burn.  If you’re using a non-stick baking sheet, the nuts will cook much faster and will need to be turned more frequently to ensure they are evenly roasted.

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