You know the granola addiction is real when you eat it regardless the time of the day. Whether granola is a snack for the mid-afternoon slump, just a topping on your smoothie bowl or your little evening treat with greek yogurt, it is definitely a must in my pantry.

With a pantry that always has a mason jar filled with granola, I have to admit that these jars have often been “just-okay granola” : too crisp, a little soft, no flavor or too bitter. I lost my love for granola and yogurt, it became habitual, instead of joyful.

So I started experimenting; here are a few I came up with and a few I use from other bloggers.

Ways with granola:

The basics of a guilt-free granola

Raw Base Ingredient Protein or Healthy Fat Fruit Sweetner (optional) Flavour
Oats Mixed seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds) Dried cranberries or blue berries, goji berries, dried figs Raw honey or maple syrup Cinnamon, chai spice, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg
Quinoa flakes Mixed raw nuts (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, macadmian) Fresh dates (chopped), raisins or sultanas, apricots Stevia powder Vanilla essence or extract
Hulled buckweat Mashed banana (gives caramel flavour) Cacao powder
Puffed rice Orange zest

To keep in mind:

  • Preheat oven to 160 Celcius.
  • Before you put the tray in the oven, pour the coconut oil over and stir well.
  • Place baking tries in for 20 minutes, increase heat to 175 for 5minutes. Put the oven off and leave it for another 3-5 minutes in the oven. Let it cool down and store in an airtight container.

GRAIN FREE GRANOLA:

  • 1/2 cup  coconut flakes
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar, raw honey or agave syrup
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • optional: 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
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PALEO GRANOLA:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 225g mixed raw nuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mixed seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g coconut oil

CLUSTERED GRANOLA AND THE HOW TO

Preheat the oven to 121 Degrees

  • 5 cups oats
  • 2 cups almonds (roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced dates
  • 1/2 cup  dried apricots (optional to slice them)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions: There’s a method to this madness, this recipe goes for an hour and a half. Be sure to stir every 15 minutes. Tastes regularly to make sure the oven is working properly.

  1. Pour the oats, almonds, ground flax seed, salt and shredded coconut in a large bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan
  3. Pour the butter in a separate large bowl
  4. Add the honey to the bowl with melted butter, (Once done measuring the honey, lick the measuring cup)
  5. Add the dry ingredient from the bowl into the wet ingredient bowl
  6. Mix all the goodness together. When everything is mixed well, take a bite, if it tastes good, take another taste just to be sure.
  7. Spread it in a baking dish
  8. If the oven is preheated, put it in the oven and patiently wait while you linger on the smell travelling
  9. through the kitchen.
  10. Stir every 15 minutes.
  11. When your beloved clustered granola has been in the oven for an hour and a half, take it out of the oven and add raisins, dates, and apricots.

 

CHAI SPICED GRANOLA

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect comfort treat with a warm cuppa.

  • 500ml mixed nuts and seed(you can buy pre packedone sin the shop)
  • 1 tsp chai spice blend (available at  Food Lovers Market)
  • 1 tspground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (powder would be best, but I didn’t have)
  • 3 tbsp melted coocnut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey (sweetner of choice)

PERFECT SNACK ATTACK

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white whisked
  • Optional: ½ cup dried fruit

ORANGE & COCONUT GRANOLA

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 60g sunflower seeds
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 4tbsp coconut flakes
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 75g melted coconut oil
  •  2 tbsp honey (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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