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Granola

Granola

Granola is one of my favorite breakfast cereals, most mornings I have a shake or smoothie but when a shake just won’t do this is my breakfast choice. I like to make my own, it doesn’t take long and the results are fantastic. This granola is chock full of nuts, 3 varieties, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts, the lightly sweetened, roasted nuts and oats is irresistible. I don’t add fruit to the granola, I save that for serving. One thing I really like about this is that it’s substantial, you only need a little and it fills you up and you know you are getting a nutritious meal. This recipe makes a lot, it’s almost half nuts, sweetened with a little maple syrup and coconut palm sugar, I also add coconut flakes and flax seed. Serve on its own or with fruit and I like my DIY almond milk with it. You might notice I use olive oil but you can use whatever you like, vegetable/canola oil or coconut oil.

A bowl of goodness

A bowl of goodness

Makes a lot of granola

3 cups oats (not quick cook)

1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts

1 1/2 cup ground almonds (I use the almond meal left from making almond milk)

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup coconut flakes (preferably unsweetened but sweetened is fine)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar or you can use organic or turbinado sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup (I used grade A but B is also good)

2 tbs flax seeds

Optional: drizzle a little honey on top before baking

In large mixing bowl add all the ingredients, stir to combine. Pre heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the granola in one layer, drizzle with honey (this is optional).

Place in oven and bake, stirring every 10 or 15 minutes. You have to watch it especially towards the end of the baking time. It takes almost an hour to bake. The granola will be a lovely golden brown. Cool and place in air tight storage jars or containers.