First off – thank you for visiting my new website! I’m so excited to share it with you – there’s loads to do in terms of fixing and cleaning but it’s about time I made the move. Now to the granola…
I love granola, but it’s difficult to find something that satisfies all my requirements – healthy, sweet, crunchy, not too sugary, not cooked in a ton of oil/butter. My favorite packaged kind is the blue bag from Familia (you get it at Nature’s Basket, Indigo Deli and a few other places) – it kinda satisfies those requirements but not completely.
I’ve made my own granola before but it’s never been perfect like those boxed ones. Somehow it always felt a little too cardboard-like. One time I even tried making some with an over-ripe banana and it just turned out to be a big mushy gross pile of oats and banana. But, I have realized, making your own granola is actually incredibly easy if you follow a few basic rules.
To me, a good granola has: a healthy grain, nuts, seeds, something sweet and something to hold it all together. I followed this (and avoided any kind of mush by deciding never to use fresh fruits in my granola).
Coconut adds such a great potent flavor – and sweetness – to a dish without overwhelming it. I focused on that, added buckwheat, crunchy almonds, a mix of flax and sesame seeds, a spoon of coconut sugar and finally a pinch of vanilla powder. I usually add cinnamon into my oatmeal so I wanted to make it a bit different by not using that spice in the granola.
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
- ½ cup buckwheat, soaked for 30 mins and rinsed
- ⅓ chopped almonds
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1½ tsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla powder (use less if using freshly scraped vanilla bean or essence)
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 170C.
- Toss all the ingredients together.
- Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes or until crunchy, browned and dry.
It turned out to be the perfect coco-nutty crunchy sweet savory mix! Now it’s just waiting to be eaten atop my oatmeal and yours.