Grain-Free Granola

Grain-Free Granola

A quick but equally healthy breakfast on the go can be a bit tricky. I won’t lie, the convenience of a quick bowl of cereal was one of the few perks of the old days. Some mornings you need to be up and at-em and not slogging over the stove making a hot breakfast. It’s great for people, especially kids who struggle giving up their daily cereal routine. Plus it’s packed with loads of nutty, seedy goodness!

Grain-Free Granola

Ingredients:

100g desiccated coconut
100g chopped nuts
50g dried berries (I like cranberries, blueberries & goji berries)
50g mixed seeds ( I use linseed, sesame, sunflower & pumpkin seeds)
3  Tbl honey or xylitol
3 Tbl olive oil or coconut oil
2 Tbl butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Method:

The nice part about this recipe is that all the quantities are equal measures, so if you make it regularly you will know it off-by-heart in no time. Making it that much more fuss free.

– Preheat your oven to 140C.

– Start by measuring out your coconut and adding it to a large mixing bowl.

– Next measure and roughly chop your nuts, seeds and fruit, and toss them in with the coconut.

– Follow that up with the oil, melted butter (I just melt mine in the microwave for a few seconds), cinnamon and salt.

– Then with a big spoon mix it around until it’s well combined and everything starts to stick to each other.

– Prepare a large baking tray, either with a coating of butter or spray-n-cook non-stick spray, whatever your preference is.

– Sprinkle the mixture onto the tray, and spread out with the spoon so that it covers the tray evenly.

– Slide it into the oven for about 30 – 45 minutes at 140C.

– Check your granola after about 30 minutes, to make sure it’s not burning, as everyone’s ovens are different. And give it a toss just to let the underside also get a chance to crisp up.

– Once everything looks nice and toasty and golden, leave it to stand and cool completely before you bottle it up.

I like to make this in big batches over a weekend, so it’s ready for those unexpected early mornings of farm mayhem when time is tight. It also travels very well, so if you’re worried about finding a banting-friendly brekkie or light meal on the road, this makes a lovely quick and easy, portable meal with some full-cream milk or even Greek yoghurt. I even bottle them up into little jars, as they make great alternative gifts!

 

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