Recipe: Paleo Granola


paleo granola, recipes, primal jordan, nut granolaI don’t follow a paleo diet. After reading Gary Taubes’s “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” a couple years ago, I modified my eating habits and mostly adhered to a carbohydrate-restricted diet (no bread, pasta, most grains, white rice, potatoes, etc.) that was higher in proteins and fats.Over the course of 2016 (about seven or eight months), I lost about 35 pounds and dropped four sizes. While eating habits were the primary weight-loss driver, exercise did play a part. I had always been a runner but I started regularly doing more than just running (spinning, Body Pump, yoga).paleo granola, recipes, primal jordan, nut granolaSo on top of running 16-20 miles a week, I would also do three or four group exercise classes. At my peak fitness that was probably about 8-10 hours of exercise a week. I was less strict about cutting out carbs in the latter half of 2017 (especially on home leave) but I am still mindful about what I eat and am committed to an active lifestyle.That brings me back to paleo granola. I was inspired to make my own paleo granola after trying some at Primal, a paleo restaurant here in Amman. After I tried it for the first time, I craved it all the time and knew I had to make it part of my regular breakfast rotation at home.paleo granola, recipes, primal jordan, nut granolaPrimal serves its paleo granola with coconut cream, which is sweet and delicious, but I prefer mine with regular old plain yogurt (read: chock full of dairy and not paleo at all). See below for my take on homemade paleo granola.What are your thoughts on a paleo diet?paleo granola, recipes, primal jordan, nut granolaPaleo GranolaPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: N/AYield: About 16 1/2-cup servingsIngredients:

  • 2 cups walnuts, pulsed in food processor
  • 2 cups almonds, pulsed in food processor
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, shelled
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup sliced dried apricots
  • 1 cup sliced pitted dates

Directions:Mix everything together in a large bowl. Enjoy! 

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

4 thoughts on “Recipe: Paleo Granola

  1. The granola looks tasty! I have an ongoing bone to pick with the term Paleo though, anthropologically, the term is very inaccurate when used to describe a dairy and carb-free diet. That aside, I do think that cutting back on carbs does have health benefits. Everything in moderation!


    1. Thanks! I agree — the term “paleo” is thrown around a lot, whereas in reality, it’s unlikely our cavemen ancestors were able to, say, grind almonds into flour and then make pasta.Thanks for commenting!:)


    1. It makes about 16 1/2-cup servings. Usually a big batch lasts Kail and me 2.5-3 weeks, and we each have it maybe 3-4 times a week. It can’t compete with Trader Joe’s granola, but for a solely nut- and fruit-based version, it’s pretty good!


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