Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sexy Homemade Granola!!

Granola is one of those super tasty breakfasts that you can have with yoghurt or milk in the morning. There's nothing like that crunch of nuttiness! But... there is a but... there is no reason that this has to stop at breakfast! It's great as a yummy snack mid-day too!
I'm not a great fan of dried fruit - any of my friends will tell you the thought of a raisin or dare I say a sultana *shudders* makes my skin crawl - one of those weird phobias of mine! But, with this granola, YOU are in charge! I love dates and have a slight addiction to goji berries too but you can add any dried fruit you wish, or even leave it out! It's your call! Granola can also be used in my love bowls in place of the oats, it can be used in cookie recipes too amongst other things.
Please feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your taste - if you don't like something, simply leave it out. Please be aware that you may need to adjust liquid ingredients accordingly.




Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of pecans (hazelnuts and brazil nuts are tasty too!)
  • 1/2 cup almonds or flaked almonds (just do not process the flaked ones)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 cups mixed seeds (I like sunflower, sesame, pumpkin and linseeds)
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup of flaked coconut or dessicated coconut
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp raw maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tbsp redcurrant jam
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 175 degrees or 150 fan oven, line two baking trays with greaseproof paper
  • Process the nuts in a food processor for about 30 seconds so that you have some rubble and some chunks
  • In a large bowl add the nuts, seeds and oats
  • Warm the coconut oil, maple syrup or honey and jam in a pan until all combined
  • Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the bowl and stir through until really combined
  • Pour onto the two baking trays and flatten out as much as possible
  • Put in the oven for 30-40 minutes checking every 10 minutes and stirring frequently
  • Cook until golden brown and then pour back into the large bowl
  • Stir through the dates, coconut and goji berries
  • Allow to cool and then store in a large air-tight jar. This should last up to 3 months if stored correctly.

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