The Ultimate Granola

The Ultimate Granola

I call this the Ultimate Granola because for me it has the ultimate combination of natural sweet nuttiness. 

In the search for this ultimate recipe I have found that granola is a very personal product with endless combinations and permutations.

What I was after was something that was crunchy, that was not based on rolled oats, no grains, no added cane sugar and of course, it had to be absolutely delicious.

After much trial and error, this is my recipe for The Ultimate Granola.

The uses are endless.

Eat it straight out of the jar as a crunchy snack. It is scrumptious stirred into yoghurt just before eating. Sprinkle it on porridge or chia seed pudding. Use it as a crunchy topping for stewed fruit. Have with some coconut yoghurt on top of banana pancakes for breakfast.  YUM!!!

I am making myself so hungry just writing this and hopefully you now just can't wait to try it - so here's the recipe

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flaked almonds

1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (not in shells)

1/2 cup pepitas

1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

1 cup chopped pecans (or other nut of your choice)

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Method

Preheat the oven to 165C.

Melt the coconut oil in a large microwave safe bowl. Stir in the cinnamon, vanilla & maple syrup.

Add all the dry ingredients and mix until everything is coated.

On a large baking sheet lined with baking paper, loosely spread out the mixture so it is in a single loose layer.

Bake for around 15 minutes then take out and stir, put back in for another 5 or 10 minutes until just deliciously golden - keep a close eye on it at this stage so that it doesn't burn.

Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container and restrain yourself from eating the lot!!!

Enjoy!!