Thursday, November 12, 2009

Good to the Last Mouthful! Grain-Free Granola

I do declare that this granola is really, really yummy. I don't make it that often because the nuts and seeds are pretty expensive, it's a little high on the carb count for my liking, and my children and husband just devour it in days anyway. Still, it's so darn good, that it's nice to have every now and then as a healthy treat. We like to eat our granola with homemade yoghurt, but a good glug of raw milk is pretty wonderful too.

Please just use this recipe as a guide. You can't really go wrong here. Try adding different types of dried fruit, some dried ginger if you like it, or different nuts and seeds.

  • Approximately 4 cups of organic crispy nuts (soaked and dehydrated)
  • 2 cups of various seeds (I like Chia, Flax, Sunflower, Pumpkin and/or Sesame)
  • 3 cups of unsulphured, dried coconut
  • 1 cup of finely chopped unsulphured, organic dates
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons of organic cinnamon (it's worth sourcing "true cinnamon" if you can)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of raw, organic honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
Having a jar of crispy nuts at the ready makes life a whole lot simpler.
  • Soak seeds (not coconut) in water overnight. In the morning, lay them on a parchment lined cookie sheet in a thin layer. Dry them in a low temperature oven (as low as your oven will go) for a few hours, stirring them around every now and then. I usually do a bunch at a time like this and freeze some for another use. Set aside when completely dry.
The seed mixture after everything has been dried and the coconut has been added in.
  • Toast coconut in 200 degree oven, stirring often. It doesn't take coconut long to turn golden brown so watch carefully to prevent it from burning.
There's a fine line between 'golden brown' and 'hideously burnt'. Trust me on that one.
  • Place nuts and seeds in 200 degree oven until just warm.
  • Mix seeds, nuts, and coconut together in a large bowl and drizzle with honey or maple syrup while everything is still warm.
  • I use my hands to really get in there and rub the sweetener in so it's well dispersed. This also helps infuse the food with your love.
  • Throw in your dry fruit, spices, and salt.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings. Allow mixture to sit in bowl, stirring every now and then as it cools down. It will feel 'damp', but this will change as it dries.
  • After a couple of hours, put in an airtight glass jar.
  • This granola will keep for a really long time if you don't have granola-maniacs in your house. If you have extra, please send some my way.
I like mine extra-milky.

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