Paleo “Granola” Recipe

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Check out what I had for breakfast yesterday morning””and it’s not a French Toast Breakfast Scramble or a Two-Ingredient Pancake!

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I made a Greek yogurt parfait with blueberries and some Paleo “granola” that I whipped up the night before.


I know there’s a lot of Paleo “granola” and Paleo “crunch” recipes out there, so I’m not the first to create something like this, but I simplified the recipe by using what I had in my kitchen. And, hey, you might like my recipe better than the others (it’s salty and sweet), so here’s my version!

Paleo “Granola”

Base Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups almond flour/meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Add-in Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

You can pretty much add anything you want to your Paleo “granola” once you have your base ingredients. I had shredded coconut, a bag of mixed nuts, and sunflower seeds on hand, so that’s what I used. Feel free to add whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen!



  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Combine base ingredients in a large bowl; blend well.
  3. Mix in your add-in ingredients.
  4. Spread mixture onto a prepared baking sheet. (I sprayed my baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray, but you could use coconut or olive oil.)
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing after 10 minutes or so.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.


Tough WOD yesterday! I swear, any WOD with more than 3 or 4 rounds kills me and yesterday’s had 6! Yowsahs.

Met Con

6 RFT:
100m Sprint
10 OHS
10 Box Jumps
10 T2B
Rx: (95, 65) (24”, 20”)
Scaling #1: (65, 45) (24”, 20”)
Scaling #2: 45, technique, PVC; whichever weight allows you to keep the bar over your heels and the weight in your heels (20”, 15”)

Before the WOD, we worked on headstands, and I got my very first one””thanks to some awesome coaching tips from Kerrie. I actually did a bunch of headstands and managed to stay balanced in the pose for a few seconds. It was cool.

For the WOD, I did scaling option #1 (45 pounds for the Overhead Squats and a 20” box for the box jumps) and finished in 13:30. I tried to keep up with Kerrie, but she was en fuego and almost lapped me! Haha! Trying to keep up with her definitely made me push myself, so I know my time was faster because of her.


For lunch, I cooked up a turkey burger and then topped it with guacamole. On the side, I head some roasted summer squash and some mashed butternut squash.



A little while later, I snacked on some baby carrots and rice crackers with some more guacamole, which I can’t seem to get enough of. Basically, when it’s near me, I need to eat ALL OF IT!


I also snacked on some a lot of Paleo “Granola” over the course of the afternoon. I couldn’t keep my hand out of it!

Paleo Granola

Question of the Day

What foods do you have trouble controlling yourself around?

Mine: Cereal/granola, guacamole, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Doritos, my Mom’s Apple Crisp.

P.S. My cousin just sent me this video and it’s absolutely adorable. It’s a dog teaching a puppy how to go down stairs. ADORABLE!!!



  1. Thank you for that video! It really made my day!

    Regarding your question : I have no control when it comes to cereal or hummus (it’s just so good and creamy!). The cereal one is really, really bad. I can go through a box in one sitting. Oups! 🙁

  2. YES! So excited for this recipe! I’ve been keeping an eye out for something snacky & paleo friendly, thanks! I have trouble controlling myself around any sort of “finger food” which I pretty much consider most snack items ”” cereal, carrots, chips, pretzels, etc. Yikes, that’s a lot 😉

  3. I have trouble with controlling myself around buffalo chicken dip, queso & tortilla chips, Doritos, Cheez-Its, my grandma’s rocky road fudge, pecan pie, molasses cookies and ‘s’mores cookie bars 😉

  4. Can’t stop with popcorn or m&m’s.

    Noticed this is the first time with greek yogurt in a while — how’d it go with the tummy?

  5. Omg that video was the cutest thing ever!!

    I definitely can’t stop when it comes to ice cream & chips & dip. I can control chips on their own, but when you add dip to it I’m like a mad woman lol.

  6. Let’s see…cereal, butterscotch chips, m&m’s, salsa and chips, snacky stuff in general and lately, because someone gave my office one, a box of See’s Chocolates. Thank goodness they’re gone now. Weirdly, I’ve never been a box of chocolates girl but holy yum – it was hard to hold myself back from eating more than one.

  7. Where’s the peanut m&m’s on your list?? 😉

    My food tastes change, so lately my items include: chunky peanut butter, Artisana coconut butter (SO FREAKIN GOOD–why haven’t I tried it til now?), popcorn with truffle salt, & SUSHI! I’m sure there is more, but thats whats in my head right now. 🙂

  8. Trail mix!! It’s the sweet and salty together that gets me. I’ll have to try this granola. I used to make my own granola all the time but I stopped because I couldn’t control myself around it! Ha!

  9. This granola looks great! And I just so happen to have a full bag of almond meal on hand…
    Granola is also a “no-self control” food for me, as are Chex Mix and Raisinets.

  10. The granola is so yummie~ I had to make some today! Wondering if your was crunchie or a bit soft yet. Not sure if I baked my lond enough. Also what kind of turkey burgers do you have or do you make them home made?


  11. Do you have any suggestions for a coconut oil substitution? Currently don’t have any around the house and feeling a bit lazy since I have the rest of the ingredients, haha.

  12. The granola looks heavy in calories. It has a lot of almond flour, coconut milk, honey and coconut. Would this only be for people who work out. Wouldn’t you gain weight eating this every monring?

    It looks incredibly delicious but really heavy in calories.

  13. Good read. Just because you are doing a specific diet doesn’t mean granola is out of the picture. You just have to get a bit more creative with the ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Yummo! I just made this granola and it is awesome. I added sliced almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and dried apricots. I told my two year old that its cookies and loves it too. Thanks for the great recipe.

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