Nut Free Granola (makes 3 cups)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened sunflower seed butter
  • 3/4 cup raw pepitas
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Mix the warm water and the chia seeds in a small bowl and place in the refrigerator.

3. Melt the honey in a sauce pan over low/medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the honey is fully liquified and bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut oil and sunflower seed butter.

4. Meanwhile, combine the pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, salt, vanilla and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse for 10-15 seconds or until chopped with small and larger pieces remaining. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

5. Stir in the melted honey mixture, coconut, and soaked chia seeds, then thinly spread mixture on the prepared baking sheets.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden, rotating the tray half way through. Remove and let cool completely for one hour.

7. Crumble the granola with your hands and stir in raisins or other favorite dried fruit if desired*.

8. Eat as is or place on top of ice cream, greek yogurt or açaí bowls.

* optional additions: chocolate chips, carob chips, raisin, dried cherries, blueberries or chopped apricots.