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I originally fell in love with this recipe at Civilized Caveman. However it called for a 1/2 cup  each of coconut oil and honey which I felt was too much. I wanted to lower the sugar content so I reduced both to a 1/3 cup and it was just right. I have made this both with cinnamon and without, it is great either way. This is also great on yogurt or eaten just alone.

  • 1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 2 cups of slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp of cacao
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • heaping tsp cinnamon to taste – optional

Serves 10

heat oven to 325. in a bowl mix all wet ingredients (i used a metal bowl to melt the coconut oil in the oven) in another bowl mix all the dry ingredients. Once the wet ingredients are liquid and somewhat combined, mix dry ingredients with a fork. Then spread on a cookie sheet, I used a stoneware bar pan, helps to keep the cereal from falling off the sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven stir in bar pan or pour into bowl and stir.  The put back in oven for another 5 minutes. Remove and cool before eating.  Either eat plain or serve with coconut milk or milk of choice.

calories: 4o2 protein: 9 g fiber: 5 g sugar: 15 g saturated fat: 13 g

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Last week I tasted this fantastic snack mix from Zen Cat, called Cat Chaat and I fell in love with it. So much so that I decided to recreate it at home. After checking with google on various Indian spice snack mixes I came up with the following. I think it’s pretty darn close but I really need to go out and purchase a bags of Cat Chaat to really compare.

1 Qt of puffed brown rice cereal
1 Cup of cashews,
1 Cup of shredded unsweeten coconut
1 Cup of Pepitas
1 Cup of Raisins
3 Tbsp of Agave
2 Tbsp of oil or butter
1/3 tsp of Turmeric
1 tsp of Chili
3/4 tsp of Cardamon
1/2 tsp of salt – but I think next time I will omit
juice of one whole lime or lemon

Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Mix spices and set aside. Then heat or melt butter and mix with Agave. When Agave and Oil or Butter are will mixed stir in spices and toss with snack mix. The microwave for 3 minutes and stir for a total of 9 minutes. Spead to cool. Because it was still a bit soggy for me, I put it in a low tempeture oven over night. The result was a perfectly crunchy tasty snack mix that both Dave and I devoured on our trip to Cincinnati.

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