Recipe: “Bare-nola!” Healthy Granola

Oct 14 2013

I got this idea from Steak & Sass’s “Better than Granola” (a paleo granola) and made mine that isn’t entirely paleo but is entirely delicious and is definitely better for you than the traditional recipes you’ll find or buy. The secret is in the dried dates! Dried dates provide natural sugars without raising blood sugar levels. Need I say more? Without further ado, here’s the rough guide for your healthier granola.


4 to 6 servings. Tools required: blender or food processor, baking sheet. 

- 1 cup dried dates, pits removed
- 3/4 cup water (enough water to fully soak the dates)
- 2 cups cups of raw, chopped nuts (I use almonds and walnuts)
- 1 cup rolled oats (substitute for more nuts if you’re doing paleo)
- a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- enough butter or coconut oil for greasing a pan


Prepare to make your bare-nola by first soaking dates in water overnight. Next morning, with the dates all soaked and fluffed, you can begin!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. As that’s heating up, prep the other ingredients.

If you weren’t able to find chopped nuts, you’ll have to employ the use of a blender or food processor. Pulse away til you get the nuts to a nice size. Combine the chopped nuts and oats, if you’re using, into a large mixing bowl when done.

Before you wash up the blender/processor, put the dates and their soaking water in there and get it to a nice, thick liquid. Pour that in with all the other dry ingredients and mix. Add your dashes of pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon if you have any.

I line a baking sheet aluminum foil for less cleanup and grease it with virgin coconut oil (yum! smells so great!), but you can use butter as well. Then, spread the mix out over the baking sheet into one even layer.

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, mix and re-spread out into one even layer. Bake for 10-12 more minutes. It should become a darker shade of golden brown.

You’re done! Let the granola cool before storing or eating.

Serve with some Greek Yogurt or milk, some raisins, sliced fruit, and a drizzle of honey–a delicious and nutritious way to start the day right.

– jz

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