Last week I was frantically trying to get the kids and myself ready to tackle the busy day. 30 minutes before I was supposed to start work, I got a call that my childcare plans fell through for the day. This also meant I had to figure out breakfast.
All the kids wanted was cereal. The Dad loves to buy an organic gluten-free cereal that’s really good, but full of sugar. I’m not down to load the kids up with refined sugar for health reasons of course (we save those times for donuts!), but my kids literally turn into Tasmanian Devils when they have sugary cereal for breakfast. I’m not talking the cute Tasmanian Devil animal, I’m talking the Looney tunes character (did I just age myself?). They get nuts.
I needed something fast to save the morning. Thankfully I had a batch of this granola I had been working on.
It’s been too hot to use the oven for blender muffins in the morning, but having a triple batch of this cereal go in the oven it’s not 142 degrees gives a better alternative to the sugary madness in my pantry throughout the week.
When I fed this granola to the kids the first time and they loved it, I made a fist and a yes motion (because I am a dorky mom).
This granola is really so good. We eat it with homemade cashew milk and strawberries. You can top it with a little maple syrup if you like it a little more sweet.
It’s my favorite because you don’t need a dehydrator and it’s so easy. It’s paleo, nut free and vegan so everyone wins!Print
Paleo nut free chocolate granola made with just five ingredients and no dehydrator needed!
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1.5 cups dates
- 2 tablespoons cacao
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Add sunflower seeds and dates to a food processor with an S blade.
- Turn on food processor and process until you reach desired consistency of granola. I like it just a little bigger than beach sand, which takes about a minute.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and process until blended. It should be a little chunky here.
- Spread mixture evenly onto parchment paper. Add to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then using a fork, stir the granola around a bit and bake for another 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool for 15-20 minutes. Store in an airtight container, like a mason jar.
Delicious on its own, or in a bowl with your favorite milk and fresh fruit.
Would also be great on vanilla ice cream!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Category: Breakfast, Dessert
- Serving Size: 0
- Sugar: 0
- Sodium: 0
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0
- Cholesterol: 0