Its not too often that I miss carby things like bread and pasta. I have lived without them so long that I dont miss them. One thing I do miss pretty regularly is cereal and oatmeal. These are hard to paleofy. Oats give me a headache similar to dairy and cereal is full of crummy ingredients (same with commercial almond/coconut milks).
So, I decided to try my hand at making my own almond milk and cereal. I know granola is not really cereal, but when youre grain/dairy/soy free, its the next best step. Typical granola has oats, grains and lots sugar in it.
This version is low sugar and still tastes amazing. It doesnt clump like normal granola which makes it perfect for cold or hot cereal!
The almond milk is tasty! I enjoyed the whole process and felt very domestic while making it. You can add any spices you want, I just went with this wintry blend.
A yummy grain/oat free granola that can be eaten hot or cold or even just as a snack. I served it with my Spiced Almond Milk!
Prep Time: 24 hr
For Almond Milk
- 2 cups almonds
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (more or less depending on you)
- Leftover almonds from almond milk
- 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup almond butter or sunflower seed butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
For Almond Milk
- Soak almonds in water overnight.
- Rinse in bowl until water is clear.
- Add water and almonds to blender and blend for 90 seconds.
- Use fine mesh strainer or nut bag (cheesecloth) to strain out milk.
- Save almonds for granola.
- Put milk into a glass jar and add spices, syrup and vanilla.
- Shake and serve!
- Store in the fridge and shake before you use it.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix to combine.
- Put a piece of parchment paper down on cookie sheet and spread nut mixture.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, stir, bake for 6-8 more minutes.
- Let cool and store in a glass jar.
You can also add chopped walnuts, pecans or sliced almonds to granola for more of a crunch.
I added the almond milk to my decaf coffee this morning and it was delightful! It had just a hint of sweetness and a nice spice. Perfect for the stormy weather outside 🙂