Just a few days ago, Chelsea (see her blog here) and I celebrated one month since the release of Health, Happiness, Paleo. We’re so proud of our e-book, and it’s the first one that either of us have ever written. While she’s been on the recipe development and blogging scene longer than I have, we’re both passionate about the Paleo lifestyle and reaching people who might need more recipes. We tried to do just that with the e-book, and I’m thrilled to share one of the recipes from it with you today!
If you’ve read my E-book page, then you know a little bit of the history behind Health, Happiness, Paleo. During the last weekend of February, I flew out to meet up with Chelsea so that we could cook/bake all of our recipes and photograph them. While we both had recipes ready to go that weekend, we also both did some recipe development. Our Orange Zest Granola recipe is one that I developed while I was with her that weekend, and it’s one of my favorites from the e-book.
We were looking to develop more recipes for our Breakfast chapter, and something that many Paleo followers seek is a delicious gluten-free, grain-free granola. There are an increasing amount of quality Paleo granolas appearing in stores like Whole Foods now, but they tend to be expensive because you’re paying for the quality of the ingredients. I’m totally on board for supporting small businesses like that, who are trying to get their product out to people who need it, but not everyone can afford to spend upwards of $10 on a small bag of granola that will probably only last them a couple of days. So, we decided to develop a granola recipe that people can make homemade and that will last quite a long time…if you have self-discipline.
We did some research on other granola recipes, and then we just decided to start throwing things together. I worked on this while Chelsea cooked and photographed other recipes. I threw in some nuts and seeds, some coconut oil, some honey, and some other ingredients, and then we toyed around with the baking process. My real stroke of genius, though, was adding in the orange zest. I thought the granola needed something to kick it up a notch, to make it stand out from the crowd. Many granola recipes I’ve seen focus on sweeter flavors, like chocolate or maple. When I thought of the orange zest, I just had to try it–and I was not let down by the results!
I snacked on this granola for the rest of the weekend at Chelsea’s (after we photographed it, of course), and I brought a bag of it home. I’m so disappointed right now that I can’t whip up a batch, because it’s not AIP. If you’re just following Paleo, then this is an excellent granola recipe to try. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!
If you love our Orange Zest Granola recipe, then I hope that you’ll purchase our whole e-book. You can buy it by clicking on the image below, which is a link to the sale page for it.
This is a citrus-flavored granola that will keep you coming back for more because of its crunchy texture and amazing flavor! Enjoy it as "cereal" with your choice of dairy-free milk, or snack on it by itself.
- 2 + 1/2 cups mixed nuts and seeds of choice
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 medium orange, zested
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Put nuts and seeds into a food processor or blender, and pulse until broken into small chunks.
- Transfer nut and seed mixture to a large mixing bowl.
- Melt coconut oil and ghee. Add to mixture when melted.
- Add almond flour, shredded coconut, honey, maple syrup, and orange zest.
- Mix well with a large spoon. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven, put back in mixing bowl, and stir again.
- Spread onto baking sheet again and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.