Grain-free Granola

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Can you believe that it’s almost the end of the first month of 2015?! No, neither can we. This month has absolutely flown by and we’re still trying to wean ourselves off the urge to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Christmas seems like such a long time ago, although the after-effects of the food and lazing around are still lingering. And no – don’t worry, this is not going to be a “January detox” post – our focus is to eat things that make ourselves feel good and taste good. Life is too short for yucky. So goodbye weird kale smoothies. Hello sweet and crunchy granola! So what if we like to put cheese on our salads? Or slather our bananas with a little too much peanut butter?

Let’s be honest, we did pore over magazines which advertised a really healthy start to 2015. But the thing is, having to push yourself to eat things you wouldn’t normally eat for that elusive “bikini body” sounded really sad! (It’s also the reason why we are hanging on to cocoa nibs from 2010.)

And this granola is KIND of healthy? For one, we resisted the urge to chuck in a load of oats. We also were more economical with the maple syrup (relatively speaking). And we’re going to eat it with Greek yoghurt, okay?

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Makes about 500g granola

300g mixed nuts (Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts)
150g sliced almonds
100g dried apple slices
100g coconut flakes
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup

  1. Preheat the oven at 150 degrees C.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl except the coconut oil and the maple syrup.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the the coconut oil and maple syrup until combined and syrupy.
  4. Pour the oil-syrup mixture onto the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly onto a lined baking sheet and place in the oven.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, but stir every 5 minutes so that the mixture does not burn.
  7. When the mixture is golden brown, take the sheet out of the oven and leave to cool.
  8. Enjoy with milk or creamy yoghurt!

So what do you think? Feel free to share your questions and comments below! We’d love to hear what you have to say.

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