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Coco-Coco-Nut Grain-Free Granola Recipe #GenworthUSA

03/08/2013 - 14 comments

Cereal comes from a box right?

Not in my house.

When we began cleaning up our diets we switched to organic and gluten-free cereals, but I had always vowed that I would one day make cereal from scratch, and if I could do it totally grain-free it would be a major achievement.

It really seems rather strange to think that you can have a cereal without grains but you can, and honestly I think it tastes better!  Now, some purists would say that you don’t need to try and recreate cereal, just enjoy the food in it’s original form. Those purists clearly don’t have kids.

grain-free granola

This recipe isn’t set in stone. You can use whatever nuts you want, leave out the coconut, replace the sunflower seeds with a different kind of nut. You could use dried bananas or other fruit, add cinnamon, cashews, pumpkin seeds, dates, flax seeds, chia seeds, maple syrup, whatever floats your boat. Don’t be afraid to experiment but make sure you write down the recipe in case it turns out incredible and you want to be able to recreate it.

grain-free granola

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s soooo easy to get the kids involved.

grain-free granola

And who knows, you just might inspire a future food blogger!

grain-free granola recipe

We can’t stop eating this stuff, and it is SO EASY to make, it just takes some time to bake. You can eat it as cereal. Put it on yogurt. Eat it by the handful. I just recommend you have someone hide it after you take some because you will not stop with just one serving, I promise.

grain-free granola

Coco-Coco-Nut Granola Recipe
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  • 1 cup soaked raw almonds
  • 1 cup soaked raw pecans
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp grass-fed butter (unsalted)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees farenheit.
  2. Pulse to grind pecans and almonds just briefly in a food processor. Use a big enough bowl to allow you to add the remaining ingredients to it.
  3. In a small pan, heat honey and butter until soft and blended well then add in the cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt.
  4. Add honey/butter mixture to the nuts and process gently until blended together.
  5. Add in the sunflower seeds and coconut and continue to pulse until blended. The pieces should be small, it will almost look too small but the pieces will group up when baked.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture out onto it.
  7. Bake for 4-5 hours until crisp, stir mixture about halfway through but don't break down the pieces too small, you want them to clump together.
  8. Cool as long as you can before devouring it.


grain-free granola

I love when my kids help me in the kitchen because I want them to grow up with the skills to do for themselves.

Both of them.

I want my daughter to know how to change a tire and my son to know how to bake a cake. But it’s not the knowledge that is really important, it’s the confidence that they can do what they set their minds to. Anyone can read a recipe and make an edible meal (I’m living proof of that), or read a vehicle manual to change a tire. But not everyone has the confidence to accept that they have nothing to lose to at least give it their best shot.

We can’t prepare our kids to have the knowledge and skills to tackle anything that comes along in life, but we can give them peace of mind in the form of life experiences that provides them with the self-reliance necessary to always TRY.

Try and fail.

Try and succeed.

Both are critical.

Armed with the knowledge that they don’t need to be afraid to live, they will hopefully garner a whole lifetime of successes AND failures all of which helps them grow up to cherish the little things, know that cereal doesn’t have to come from a box, and never be afraid to try something new.

Part of that confidence comes from knowing that should anything ever happen to my husband or I my kids will be taken care of because we have life insurance. After we got married my husband insisted that we each have a policy and I didn’t really understand the importance then, but I sure do now. I remember sitting down with our financial advisor discussion exactly how much coverage we needed, and I was shocked by how you actually calculate the numbers. Genworth Insurance has some great tools to help you plan for the unknown including a worksheet that will help you figure out how much coverage you actually need.

And if you are a woman who doesn’t think she needs life insurance, think again. This article from Shine from Yahoo explains why ALL women, whether you work or stay-at-home to take care of your kids, should have life insurance: Why women need life insurance.  I think alot of women think their income doesn’t contribute enough, or if they stay-at-home and don’t have physical income, that their life doesn’t have a monetary value.  But that’s simply not true.

You do so much.

You run a household.

You are a sibling mediator.

You are a chef.

You administer first-aid.

You teach your kids how to make their own cereal.

And so much more.

It is our job to teach and protect our children. While we cant prevent the unthinkable from happening, we can make sure our children are equipped to handle the aftermath – from simple things like achieving the confidence that they can eventually take care of themselves to making sure there are no financial burdens when you are gone.

Do you have life insurance?

This post was inspired by Genworth Financial as part of a campaign with Brandfluential.

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  • Reply Amy 04/15/2013 at 3:58 pm

    Your daughter looks so sweet! I wouldn’t be surprised if food blogging runs in your family. And any breakfast with chocolate involved sounds good to me!

  • Reply DS 04/12/2013 at 10:24 am

    Hi there, one of our team members just stumbled upon this post via foodgawker. Amazing job! We love your pictures and your creativity. Keep up the great work bringing real food to real people.

  • Reply Nichol 03/12/2013 at 12:03 pm

    We have wonderful life insurance plans. They are definitely necessary. I really really want to try your granola, it looks incredible!

  • Reply Maryann 03/11/2013 at 1:31 pm

    Looks awesome

  • Reply Natalia 03/11/2013 at 7:37 am

    This recipe looks delicious! And my littles help me in the kitchen too! Great post, thank you for sharing! Oh and SO cute her with her camera taking a picture of it! Future food blogger for sure!

  • Reply Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving 03/08/2013 at 5:40 pm

    I’m going to try this recipe! It looks amazing and Amen to the work that women due when they are stay-at-home-moms. I’ve been working my tail off to take care of my family and get the house ready to sale, pack and all that jazz. I need a paid vacation, lol.

  • Reply Andrew Kardon 03/08/2013 at 4:26 pm

    This looks great, Kim, but considering my son’s allergic to nuts and seeds, I think just about the only ingredients in here I could use are honey, butter and cocoa powder. :)

    Some really great points about women getting life insurance too. Don’t just think it’s only “for men.” What if the woman’s working and the dad’s staying at home? Or if they’re both working? Or even if the mom’s a SAHM, it doesn’t matter. If something happens to you or your husband, it’s a no brainer. You need to be prepared.

    • Reply Kim 03/08/2013 at 4:29 pm

      Andrew, then I recommend eggs and bacon for your son LOL.

      Our insurance isn’t that expensive and if something did happen we would not only have money for arrangements but enough so that realistically it could be years before the survivor “had” to work again. If something happened to one of us, the kids wouldn’t have to go into daycare or anything like that.

  • Reply Paula @ Frosted Fingers 03/08/2013 at 2:11 pm

    I’m trying to teach all of my kids their way around the kitchen as well. My mom didn’t teach me. She didn’t do a lot of homemade cooking.

    This recipe looks amazing and I’m definitely going to try it!

  • Reply Henrietta 03/08/2013 at 2:10 pm

    This sounds amazing! What do you mean by soaked? Just soaked in water? For how long? Other than that, so simple to have a healthy cereal!

    • Reply Kim 03/08/2013 at 2:36 pm

      Yes you soak them in water for around 8 hours. Nuts contan phyto chemicals that are enzyme inhibitors. If you don’t soak them, technically your body can’t handle them very well. Soaking breaks that stuff down for better digestion. After soaking you can put them on a paper towel and dry them. They don’t have to be compltely dry to make the recipe but they might take a bit longer to bake.

      • Reply Henrietta 03/08/2013 at 6:07 pm

        Thank you for clarifying, Kim! I had no idea!

  • Reply Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting 03/08/2013 at 2:03 pm

    Annnnd bookmarked. Love this, Kim!

  • Reply trisha 03/08/2013 at 2:00 pm

    Oh she is KILLING ME with her camera!!!!