Autumn is well and truly upon us and if you are like me you may want something a little sweet to have in the evenings, after dinner or a snack in the day on workout days. I warn you now, my nutty granola is seriosuly addicitive. It’s delicous, light and crunchy and also packed full of vitmains and nutrients. You really can’t go wrong here and what’s more, you can be quite versatile with this granola. I like to heat some almond milk and have my granola on top, espcially when the chilly mornings roll in but you can have it on its own or as a topping for coconut ice cream (as my brother kindly pointed out) for eaxmple, the options are endless. All you need to make my nutty and grain free granola is:
(Makes roughly 10 standard bowl servings)
(use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)
1.5 cups of almonds
¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
¼ cup of sunflower seeds
¼ cup of cashew nuts
¼ of hazelnuts
¼ cup of Brazil nuts
20g of chia seeds
½ cup of desiccated coconut
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of maple syrup
½ teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt
1 level teaspoon of ground cinnamon
From your kitchen:
A mixing bowl
A rolling pin
A baking tray
A silicone spatula
A couple of teaspoons for measuring
A small saucepan
1 standard cup
A couple of jars for storing
A plastic bag, for bashing the nuts in
Preheat your oven to gas mark 3 or 275°F. Heat your saucepan over a gentle low heat and melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together, set aside to cool.
Combine all your nuts in a plastic bag and use a rolling bin to bash them into rough and small bite size pieces. Add them to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle over your salt and cinnamon, mix together with your wooden spoon.
Pour your granola mixture evenly on your baking tray, use your silicone spatuala to aid this. Bake your granola in the middle shelf of your oven for 15-20 minutes and strring it every so often so its browned evenly. Once its nice and golden, leave it to cool before decanting to your jars.
My delcious granola will keep for up to two weeks in a cool dry place so is perfect for making big batches ahead of time. I really hope you give this a go and see how striaghtforward it is. Bursting with mood enhancing properties from the brazil nuts and vitamin e from the almonds, every mouthful is good for you…and tastes bloody brillaint too!