I love NomNom Paleo!  Best book!  Best Website!  Best cartoon figure!!!  Best App ever!!!!

This recipe is inspired by her Tropical Granola.  The original is wonderful but not something my kids would enjoy as much.  Her version, while amazing, is a more savory presentation and doesn't hold a sweetness that we enjoy when eating granola and yogurt in the morning.

My version is also not a paleo recipe -- rather inspired by paleo.  Almost paleo?  Paleolithicish?

In any case, I do enjoy many paleo recipes, but do find that sometimes I really enjoy some grains.  This is particularly true when it comes to oats and the concept of granola.  I am aware that many cannot eat even gluten free oats - and that is fine.  In this recipe, just leave them out or use a flake you can eat like buckwheat.  It won't affect anything.  Not a thing!  Further, if you are looking for the strictest interpretation of paleo granola please visit Nom Nom Paleo!  Her original recipe is really very good!

The ingredients are not measured strictly - I kinda went with what I had and what I wanted in that moment.

Ingredients:

Sauce:

1 cup fresh pineapple
8 large dates pitted
3 Tbsp apple juice
1 tbsp Vanilla (or Vanilla Nut is also amazing)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp sea salt

Place all into a food processor and blend until smooth

Add:

2 scoops  of whey protein isolate
1/4 cup to a 1/2 cup coconut sugar (to taste)


Blend again until all smooth and then let it sit for a bit

Add into a large bowl:

8 cups of various nuts and seeds
1 1/2 cups traditional oat flakes

Nuts and seeds should include:

Sunflower seeds
Pecans
Pumpkin seeds
Slivered Almonds
Flaked or shredded unsweetened coconut
Macadamia nuts
Whatever else you have on hand

You should not leave out the coconut - the recipe really needs it.

Add a total of 8 cups to the bowl and then pour the mix over the top -- blend well making sure all the ingredients are fully mixed.

Pour mixture onto cookie sheets that have parchment or silpats on them.  Do not try to bake this on an uncovered sheet -- it will stick and burn.

Put into a slow (250 F ) oven to bake for about 2 hours.

Toss the granola every 20 min or so.  It will over brown in spots if you ignore it.  Babysit it well or all your hard work will be lost!  Nom Nom is correct that this recipe can go from golden brown to burnt in a blink of an eye...  

Cool to room temperature and store in sealed containers!  

Enjoy!