Delicious Fruit Free Granola

Breakfast to me is special.  It’s my most favourite meal. And while it’s easy to fall in a rut and have the same thing everyday (and I’ve been doing this for years), with a little planning, you can mix it up and discover some amazing new flavours and textures that will improve the variety in your diet and also serve as a healthy snack during the day.

I love granola, and there are lots of granola recipes just everywhere these days, but I still wanted to put mine here for you as another alternative.

It’s fruit free, loaded with healthy fats, protein, iron, B Vitamins, magnesium and zinc.  This granola will make you feel fuller for longer as it’s pretty much sugar free so you won’t get that pesky insulin release that’ll make you feel hungry in an hour.

Eat it with some fresh berries, banana, apple slices, milk of your choice (almond mylk works beautifully) or a big dob of organic full fat yoghurt.

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats (not instant oats please!), or for a gluten free option use quinoa flakes

2 cups of raw nuts, I used walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and brazil nuts

1 cup of coconut flakes

½ cup of pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tblsp chia seeds

⅓ cup coconut oil, melted

Method

Preheat your oven to 120 degrees C, fan forced.

Roughly chop all of the nuts or pop them in the food processor and blitz them for a few seconds. Be careful not to overprocess them. Better to have some whole nuts in there than a bowl of nut powder!

Place these chopped nuts in a large bowl and add the pepitas, ground cinnamon, coconut, chia seeds and rolled oats.  Mix these thoroughly together and then add the melted coconut oil and stir this through so that it's evenly spread throughout the mixture.

Then take a baking tray and put a sheet of baking paper on it and spread the granola on the tray evenly and put it in the oven for about 20 minutes.  Make sure at the 10 minute mark that you turn the granola to help it cook evenly.

The granola will appear a little oily but when it cools the oil will solidify a bit.

I find this sweet enough, but if you need some more sweetness, then add a small amount of organic honey (unprocessed, preferably) or rice malt syrup if you want to avoid the sugar/fructose in honey.

This is beautiful as breakfast and also great as a snack during the day.

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