Today I have for you a very unique granola recipe: Sweet and Crunchy Animal Based Granola. It’s so good with raw yogurt, a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon, and a drizzle of raw honey on top. Read on to see what’s included in this yummy and healthy granola.
What is Animal Based?
An animal based diet involves building your diet around animal foods such as pastured meat, organ meats, eggs, raw dairy, wild caught fish, and raw honey. Unlike carnivore diets, however, the diet allows all fruits, white rice, certain vegetables such as squash, herbs, and lettuce, and some root vegetables.
Health Benefits of Animal Based Eating
People decide to try the animal based diet for many reasons. Some want to lose weight, others want to improve their energy levels. Some have health conditions that can range from chronic disease to autoimmune illness. For some people, they just want to experience what it feels like to eat a truly nourishing diet.
I’ve decided to try the animal based diet to heal some lingering gut health issues as well as improve my strength and fitness. So far, I’ve felt very satisfied on this diet and have greatly reduced cravings for sweets, which has been a life long struggle for me. I’ve also noticed I have no mid-afternoon energy slump. It used to be that picking up my kids from school and coming home to our routine of music practice, homework help, and snack prep was so draining that I felt like taking a nap. But now I just go along at a steady pace and don’t notice feeling tired until around 7 pm, which, at that point, it’s only 2 hours from my bed time.
What’s in Sweet and Crunchy AB Granola
So back to the granola recipe. What could I possibly put into an animal based granola that is not oats? Here’s what’s in there:
- Dehydrated beef
- Coconut flakes
- Coconut butter
- Dried fruit
- Macadamia nuts
- Ceylon cinnamon
Beef?! What am I thinking? I know it seems strange at first glance. But. When the beef is dehydrated, it tastes crunchy and only very slightly beefy. The other granola ingredients highlight sweet and buttery flavors, and the beef adds protein and crunch. It really is a beautiful thing when it all comes together.
In addition to dehydrated beef, coconut flakes and macadamia nuts add some crunch. Macadamia nuts are not technically included on an animal based diet, so you can leave them out if you like, but they have the lowest amount of Omega 6 and are, in my opinion, the healthiest nut to eat if you’re going to eat nuts.
Coconut butter, when it’s not too warm, adds a crumbly, buttery sweetness to the mix. I love the decadent flavor it carries. Ceylon cinnamon adds a floral spice to everything, and dried fruit sweetens it up.
How to Make Sweet and Crunchy Animal Based Granola
The beef is cooked and then dehydrated in the oven at a low temperature for about three hours. If you have a dehydrator, you can use that instead. Once the beef is dehydrated and completely cooled, mix in the remaining ingredients. I choose to sprinkle my cinnamon on each time I serve this, but you could also mix it into the granola ahead of time.
For dried fruit, you really could use anything. Sometimes I use dates, other times dried bananas or raisins.
To serve the granola, you can eat it alone as a snack, or serve it with raw yogurt or raw milk. I usually eat this as a meal with some yogurt and sometimes with added fresh fruit.
Before You Go…
Don’t forget about these other animal based/carnivore friendly recipes:
Thanks for reading, friends! Take care, and see you next time.
Sweet and Crunchy Animal Based Granola
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup crumbled coconut butter
- 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts optional
- ceylon cinnamon optional, to taste
- raw honey optional, for serving
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Cook beef over medium high heat, adding no extra seasonings or fat. Remove beef from pan and place on paper towels, blotting the top with another paper towel. Continue cooking in oven, stirring every 30 minutes or so, for about three hours until beef is completely dry and crisp. Let cool. Alternatively, you can use a food dehydrator to cook the beef.
- Prepare in a separate container the dried fruit, coconut flakes, coconut butter, macadamia nuts, and optional cinnamon. When dehydrated beef is completely cool, add to container, cover, and give it a shake. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Serve with yogurt and raw honey, or eat as a snack.