Granola

5 Nov

I’ve always been super disdainful of granola. I feel like its pretending to be a healthy breakfast food, but is actually chokers with sugar and fat – making it delicious but super not healthy. So I’ve always eaten my untoasted dry muesli. BUT (in capitals so you know its important), that was before I made my own granola. See then you know exactly what’s in it – you know yes it had oil and sugar and so isn’t as healthy as my other muesli, but actually not that much, and its SO much tastier! So moral is – ignore my rant, make this granola, eat it for breakfast, enjoy!

Recipe very slightly adapted from here.

Essentially mix lots of rolled oats with the tasty bits of your choice.

My choice was pecans, macadamias, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Add cinnamon and mix well.

Meanwhile heat honey, maple syrup and oil on the stove to combine.

Pour all the liquid onto all the solids, and mix well – coat all the oats with honey mixture.

Bake until deliciously golden.

Add dried fruit of your choice. My choice was chopped dried apple, goji berries, dried sour cherries.

Stir to combine! Delish!

Eat as you choose. My day one choice was for breakfast with plain yoghurt and stewed apple. Yum!

Day two choice was smoothie-fied.

All these ingredients combined…

Gives a delicious smoothie, and ice-cream for breakfast!

Until next time,

Alice

Recipe – Granola

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts (pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts etc)
  • 1 cup seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds)
  • 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups dried fruit (goji berries, sour cherries, apple etc)

Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Roughly chop nuts if you wish.

3. Toss together coconut, nuts, rolled oats, cinnamon, and salt.

4. In a saucepan over low heat, stir together the oil, maple syrup, and honey until combined and runny.  Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

5. Add the wet ingredients, all at once, to the rolled oat mixture.  Toss to coat, insuring that all of the dry ingredients are coated in the maple syrup mixture.

6. Divide the mixture between two lined baking pans.  Spread into an even layer.

7. Bake granola for 45 minutes to 1 hour, removing the pans from the oven twice during baking to toss and stir.

8. Once mixture is evenly browned and toasted, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

9. Add dried fruit and stir.

10. Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature.

11. Enjoy!

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