I LOVE Granola!
I love it in place of morning cereal with cold plant based milk. I love it as a crunchy topping showered over my homemade smoothies or scattered on a hip overpriced Acai bowl. I love a full bowl of granola with a hefty dollop of creamy coconut yoghurt and fresh berries. And yes, I am also the kind of person who just loves it by the handful as a snack!!
It is pretty safe to say that Granola has become my real obsession, but like all obsessions they can come at a price – LITERALLY!
Firstly there is an expensive price tag placed on pre-made, pre-packaged store options, even for the most basic ingredient combinations. Secondly, there is a price on your health as these same expensive granola mixes are laced with hidden extra sugars, unnecessary fats and all sorts of other unhealthy ingredients sneaked in to the pretty package.
So, what is the solution?
Well my solution is really simple… just make it yourself at home!!
This is really the best way, where you can have complete control over what ingredients you include into the mix and you can personalise it with your own desired flavour combination. It is also a great opportunity to use up bits and bobs you have left over in your pantry before a good restock!
Lately there is a combination doing the frequent in my kitchen and belly!! The ingredients could suggest that this girl is just missing her tropical sunny warm roots from back home… let us all remember that I am an Australian girl in the centre of Germany! But somehow this lightly golden mix of goodness, laced with dried pieces of pineapple and mango… well let’s just say this is one way to link the two parts of me together and satisfy my little hunger cravings any time of the day or night.
So other than sentimental facts and a bang on taste, why is this particular combination a real winner for you? The good ingredients, of course! From these amazing little guys called Brazil Nuts which are the densest food source available packed with Vitamin E and C and Selenium, these are the wonders that give you beautiful hair and skin. Sunflower seeds are also high in Vitamin E, folate. Ginger – you all know about this from our last post 😉 And to the miraculous that is all things born from the Coconut.
Let’s get into the recipe for my Tropical Nutty Granola.
What’s in it:
- 95 grams of Maple syrup
- 15 grams of Coconut syrup
- 100 grams of Organic Pure Coconut oil (Sorry, NO substitutions here!!)
- 30 grams of sunflower seeds
- 30-50 grams of coconut shred pieces (depending on how much coconut vibe you’re channeling )
- 1 teaspoon of ginger spice (fresh doesn’t work quiet as well in this granola)
- a pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
- 350 grams of regular or Gluten free Oats
- 80 grams of Brazil nuts
- 80 grams mix of dried mango and pineapple (try to purchase the dried fruits that have no added extra sugars – there are these options available, alternatively you can make your own)
How to make it:
- First, pre-heat your oven to approximately 125 degrees Celsius fan forced
- In a separate pan gently heat and mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut syrup
- Give the nuts a rough chop up
- Add the nuts, seeds, ginger, coconut and oats
- Next, add the liquid to the dry mix
- Spread the mix evenly over a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
- Bake in the oven for approximately 35-40 minutes – keep eyes on it and try to mix the batch every 6 minutes or so. It should be a light golden colour when finished
- Once the mix has cooled, add in the dried fruit
- Serve it up anyway you like!!
So head on in to your kitchen and start a new Granola batch, for you alone or to share with some friends!
Have fun and let us know how you get on.