Granola is a nutritious, energy-packed way¬†to start the day!! And always an expression of your own creativity ūüôā Have fun!

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Ideas to play with:

  1. Cashew, coconut, ginger with sunflower seeds and millet puffs
  2. Or traditional honey, almond with oats and flax
  3. Maple, pecan, with oats, sunflower, sesame seeds and lots of cinnamon

These are my lose instructions:

  • 3 cups GRAINS: oats, buckwheat, quinoa flakes, rice puffs, millet puffs…
  • 1-2 cups NUTS: chopped or slivered almonds, cashews, hazel nuts, pecans…
  • 1-2 cups SEEDS: sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, ground flax, hemp… (I recommend adding after cooking, except maybe the sunflower seeds)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded COCONUT¬†(add afterwards to prevent burning)
  • 1-2 cups DRIED FRUIT:¬†to be added after cooking: raisins, chopped dates, apricots, figs, goji berries, cranberries… or raw cacao nibs!
  • FIBER¬†sources as an option: brans and germs of different grains, flax meal, chia seeds, psyllium…

Spread out all grains, nuts and seeds that you are toasting on a baking sheet. Bake¬†in oven at 300F for about an hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Mix together 3-4 Tbsps melted¬†coconut oil, butter, grapeseed or olive oil with 3-4 Tbsp¬†honey or maple syrup and your choice of spices:¬†cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and vanilla…. Drizzle wet mixture over top once out of the oven and stir.

Tips:

Omega 3 rich nuts/seeds should be added raw after cooking: chia, flax meal, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts etc.

Other ingredients to add at end to prevent burning: shredded coconut, germs and brans, and any puffed grains.

Sometimes I just toast oats, buckwheat, sunflower seeds and nuts, and add everything else at the end. You can also mix up a raw granola or muesli without any cooking!

When mixing with yogurt, milk or milk alternative for breakfast there is often no need for oil and sweetener, so often I skip the wet mixture ūüôā You can add any spices each morning for a variety.

 

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