Unfortunately many shop bought granola’s are laden with sugar, gluten and artificial flavourings. Fortunately however granola is super easy to make yourself. This granola tastes great on its own, served with yoghurt and fruit or used to top stewed apples for a tasty apple crumble.
- 1 cup raw or activated almonds or mixed nuts
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds and/or sunflower seeds
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of sweetener (optional). I crumbled unrefined organic molasses sugar in this recipe but other options are honey, rice malt syrup or coconut sugar.
- 2 – 3 teaspoons of cinnamon (adjust to taste)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of melted butter or coconut oil
- Chocolate alternative: if you prefer chocolate over cinnamon simply replace the cinnamon with 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder and add an extra tablespoon of butter or coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 120 degrees Celsius and line a large baking tray with baking paper
- Using a food processor (or by hand), roughly chop the almonds
- Add the remaining ingredients and quickly process to combine them (don’t over do it – a couple of seconds should be enough)
- Spread the mixture over the baking tray/s and bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes until golden, stir the mixture half way so that the granola browns evenly. Note: Once the granola just starts to brown I usually turn the oven off and leave the granola in the oven while it cools so that the granola dries thoroughly and is nice and crunchy
- Remove from the oven and let it cool
- Serve with fresh fruit and a dollop of coconut yoghurt and store the remainder in an air tight container in the pantry