When I first posted this blog on Suite101 I had no idea how popular it would be. At one point I googled myself and found literally millions of hits on this recipe in numerous languages. Since I am trying to eat healthy, I thought I would post it again. This is actually a delicious breakfast.
Crunchy and naturally sweet this granola recipe will satisfy. Best of all because it is grain free this is a perfect Paleo Breakfast recipe.
The Paleolithic Diet has been around for thousands of years. For four decades a number of doctors have written books praising the paleo diet. In 2002 Loren Cordain Ph.D. wrote a book called The Paleo Diet which is a much lower fat version than some of the earlier writings. The premise of the diet is that our ancestors ate a diet composed of meat, vegetables, fruit and nuts.
Starches and grains were not part of their diets nor were processed foods. Modern man, by cutting out things other than the basic four categories, can gain strength and energy and relieve a number of illnesses caused by a diet humans were not intended for. These diseases are known as Syndrome X diseases and include:
-Type 2 diabetes
-High Blood Pressure
No grains are allowed on this diet so that means the breakfast staple of cereal is not part of the eating plan. No need to worry. The list of paleo diet foods has everything you need to make a healthy cereal.
The following recipe for Primal Granola is both healthy and delicious.
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup unsalted sliced almonds
1/4 cup raisins
10 Hazelnuts halved
5 Macadamia Nuts halved (unsalted)
5 Cashews (unsalted)
1/4 cup berries (optional)
1 Banana sliced (optional)
1/2 cup almond milk
Instructions: Place all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!
Almonds are a perfect balance of protein and carbohydrate. They have no cholesterol and have been thought to assist in:
-Reducing heart attack risk
Almonds are considered an excellent source of phytochemicals. One ounce of almonds contain 12% of your daily dose of protein. An ounce of almonds contains as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk and they are the best whole food source of vitamin E.
Coconut is rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre as well as being highly nutritious. Pacific Islanders have used coconut as medicine for centuries. Recently published studies show coconut benefits for:
-Killing fungi and yeasts
-Killing and expelling parasites
-Boosting energy and endurance
-Improving insulin secretion
-Assisting the pancreas
The above list is just a fraction of the list of published studies. For more information on coconut benefits visit Coconut Research Center.
It seems that the diet of our ancestors included many foods that are beneficial to human health. These days people are removed from understanding that food can in fact be the best preventative health measure of all provided it is natural and non-processed.