Keto as a Way of Life
Maple Cinnamon Granola – The Keto Way
When we started Keto, I just assumed something like granola was off the table… Literally!
But then I came home one day and this warm aroma, spiced and earthy, fairly flowed past me when I opened the door.
My Old Factory quickly kindled the Old Furnace in my belly, and all three of us began wondering what that ingenious Ginger (I’m refering to my wife, Rebecca – she’s the Keto Ginger if you hadn’t already guessed) was up to in the kitchen.
I didn’t waste much time before I engaged in “Operation Investigate What My Wife Is Cooking.”
That’s probably not a great name for an Operation of that nature. “OIWMWIC” makes for a terrible acronym, but YOU try thinking up a clever name when there’s maple and cinnamon flavored….. something…. at stake.
I found myself praying that she wasn’t baking cookies for some lowly, undeserving neighbor, family member, or man living under a bridge (which she’s prone to do – no joke).
What can I say? My belly and me… we’re selfish jerks. She’s a much better human than we are. But, moving on…
When I finally made it to the kitchen, she was pulling a tray of granola out of the oven. It smelled crazy-good, but when I saw it, I was immediately crestfallen; like a child who just pulled the wrapper from a piece of his favorite candy only to stumble and drop it into a fresh pile of dog poo.
Remember when I said I was certain granola was off the table? You can’t have oats and grainy things on Keto!
I could practically feel my bottom lip beginning to quiver with disappointment.
Judging by the wry (and very cute) grin she was wearing, though, I should have known she was up to something.
To her credit, Rebecca didn’t let me start crying before she informed me that this was, in fact, Keto Granola!
My nose had not deceived me! I had correctly picked up notes of maple and cinnamon drifting around the house when I entered.
Some Notes About Some of the Ingredients
Monkfruit quickly became our favorite Keto sweetener. It tastes good, has no aftertaste that we can discern and it doesn’t affect our blood glucose at all. It also stands up to heat better than most other Keto sweeteners.
The only downside is that it’s a little more expensive than other sweeteners, but we think it’s worth it.
Granulated (aka Classic) Monkfruit is a substitute for white sugar, and can be used as a 1:1 replacement in most recipes.
Monk Fruit and the liquid form, Monk Fruit Extract is quickly becoming one of the most popular natural sweeteners on the market because it has no calories and no carbs. No kidding!
Not only does Monk Fruit have NO effect on blood sugar, there are natural substances in Monk Fruit extract called “mogrosides” that have shown to help control blood sugar in Type 2 Diabetics. Another study indicates that mogroside extracts may help prevent complications related to Type 2 Diabetes. Win Win!
Learn More About Sweeteners
Interested in learning a little more about sweeteners and where they rank for Keto?
We put together a handy chart of 55 sweeteners commonly used on the market today. The chart shows you which sweeteners are actually sugar, which ones are bad chemicals or natural, where they land on the Glycemic Index and more.
We also rank each sweetener on the list as Good, Bad, or Ugly for Keto.
She scooped a bit of the warm, crunchy granola into a bowl for me to try. Seriously… it was like the culinary equivalent of a slow walk along an orange leaf-strewn Autumn path, hand in hand with my sweet, red-headed girl, surrounded by trees and feeling the last warm stirring of Summer’s fading sigh blowing gently through my beard.
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Keto Maple Cinnamon Granola
What is more warm and filling on a cold January day than yummy, spiced granola? Our recipe will give you that flavor without all the carbs that normally goes with it.
- 2 cups Chopped Pecans coarsely chopped
- 1 cup Whole Pecans
- 1 cup Chopped Almonds coarsely chopped
- 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds aka Pepitas, shelled
- 1 cup Coconut Flakes Unsweetened
- 2 tbsp Granulated Monkfruit
- 4 tbsp Grass fed Butter Kerry Gold
- 2 tbsp Maple Extract Unsweetened
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix thoroughly, making sure that nuts and seeds are coated with cinnamon, monkfruit, salt and maple extract.
Pour granola mixture into skillet with butter.
Stir granola mixture, making sure to disburse the butter throughout.
Continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Line large sheet pan with parchment paper.
Pour granola mixture onto parchment lined sheet pan.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Remove from oven and allow mixture to cool completely before serving.
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