One of my favourite pre-paleo breakfasts was a maple-pecan cereal by Waitrose (in the UK). Today, being home, with the weather turning cold and miserably grey, I didn’t really feel like preparing anything too fussy – but I knew I felt like a warming, crunchy, moreish ‘cereal’. I had some dried blueberries (preservative and sugar free) so took it from there. I gathered some nuts (hey, this is a diet based on our hunter-gatherer past selves, right!?), chopped them roughly, decided some desiccated coconut and seeds would be good, and started figuring this thing out. I was concerned about the taste because the recipes I’ve seen for granola tend to have honey/maple syrup/molasses added, so I made a very small amount just in case it was a more suitable dish for the dustbin. Nuts aren’t exactly cheap!!
So, one thing that I did not do (which in hindsight, I should have done), is soak the blueberries in some water for a little while just to rehydrate them a bit. They were very ‘crunchy’ in my muesli because I also heated (er-hem… fried) them in coconut oil whilst trying to create the ‘glue’ that would hold it all together. Yeah, don’t do that! I didn’t mind the crunch but I’m not about to advocate this method because I don’t feel like getting bills for dental appointments!
What you need
Yield: about 3/4 cup
2 tblspns cashews
2 tblspns pecans
2 tblspns almonds (I used flakes)
2 tblspns sunflower seeds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 tblspns seed mix
2 tblspns dried blueberries (soaked in water until lightly rehydrated)
1 tspn coconut oil
1 tspn ghee (optional; just add an extra tspn of coconut oil if not using ghee)
Few drops of vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon powder
2 tblspns coconut flakes (I didn’t have this but I think it would be delicious)
What you need to do
1. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Gather your ingredients.
4. Drain the blueberries, add to the mix. Melt the ghee and coconut oil, add that in too. Add the vanilla extract.
*I had added all these to a saucepan and heated it together – not a good plan!