It is pretty easy to make your own granola, and it is worth the extra effort. This week I have a really delicious granola recipe for you that is grain free! If you like variety in your granola, this Strawberry Apricot Granola recipe is a delicious way to add it. It may become your new favorite! It is definitely my springtime favorite this year! With nuts, seeds, fruit and healthy fat, what’s not to love? I like to grab a handful for a snack, and for breakfast it is good with dairy free milk and fresh fruit. It is also fantastic with yogurt.
Strawberry Apricot Grain Free Granola
1 Cup Raw Pecans
1/2 Cup Raw Pistachios
1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
1/2 Cup Raw Brazil Nuts
3/4 Cup Dried Strawberries (like these) not freeze dried
6 Medjool Dates
1/2 Cup Dried Apricots
1/2 Cup Very Hot Water
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Ground Flax
1 Tablespoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, Melted
Preheat oven 325º degrees.
In a food processor with a blade attachment, puree dates, apricots, vanilla, coconut oil and hot water until it is smooth. Add the nuts, sunflower seeds, flax and coconut flakes and pulse until you have a medium grind and everything is sticking together nicely. Add in the cinnamon and salt and pulse to combine. Dice your dried strawberries into 1/2 inch pieces then add them to the food processor and pulse a few extra times to incorporate them.
Turn the granola out onto a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet and bake in a 325º degree oven for 35 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, or until golden brown. Cool and store in an airtight container. Enjoy this delicious granola for breakfast or as a snack! It travels very well also!