Thursday, March 22, 2012

raw cacao, almond, coconut and maple baked granola

I’ve been taking Heather’s Wholefoods Workshop and she inspired me to revisit my love for granola. I have been steering away from granola because I know it is best for digestion to soak grains instead of eating them baked or undercooked, however I am also a firm believer in ‘everything in moderation’ especially since adding more animal proteins to our diets and seeing the unbelievable results of this. I made only 1/3 of a batch of the following recipe as a special treat to have sprinkled on some yoghurt as a snack or dessert. The kids love it... and so do I!
6 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon all spice
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cacao nuts
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
Grind or Process or Chop the nuts to the consistency you like- chop for big chunks, grind in a mortar and pestle for smaller chunks and process for more of a nutty floury consistency
Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan, add maple syrup and vanilla to combine and take off heat
In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (with nuts), stirring well
Pour wet ingredients on top and stir
Spread a layer of the granola on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 180 for 40 minutes until golden
When you remove it it might feel soft while it’s warm but it once it cools it should be quite crunchy

1 comment:

thejadeleaf said...

Yum. We love granola over here. I make a new batch each week. Can't wait to give this one a try. Love your recipe posts Meghan x

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