A family approved Homemade Granola

by Sana Al Hadethee
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I do crave the crunchiness and the yumminess of the morning granola and breakfast cereal. I haven’t had that since I gave up all refined sugar, gluten and grains, I gave up buying the supermarket granola because it is full of sugar, vegetable fat and other artificial flavours. Am not a chef but I do research a lot and experiment a lot. To me, cooking is a form of therapy and a path to healing. I know there are tons of Paleo and healthy granola recipes online, but I try to be true to myself and make my own thing. I had invited my big family over for breakfast, and therefore I had to make a big portion of granola that made it much more difficult to control and I thought, its OK, I will keep the left overs for the rest of the week. Although I didn’t have the dried fruit I wanted, I just used what I had available at the time. I like granola  chewy and crunchy. This recipe turned out as I wished chewy and crunchy but it could have been chewer! however, when I served my big breakfast alongside the granola which I thought was a side thing, i was surprised to see that there was not one nut left in that big ball! And trust me there were a few picky eaters in the room. This means one thing. This granola recipe is approved but I will still try to find a chewer recipe than that. For home granola you can really make what is handy from nuts and seeds and dried fruit for a convenient meal all day long. If you don’t have a family like mine you can store it in an airtight container and leave it in a cool room temperature place and not the fridge. The fridge will make it soggy and will not even last for two days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of walnut
  • 1 cup of pecan nuts
  • 1 cup of flacked almonds
  • 1 cup of coconut smiles
  • 1 cup of cashew nuts
  • 2 tbs sesame 
  • 1/4 cup of broken Brazilian nuts
  • 1/2 cup of mixed shelled pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of green sultanas
  • 1/2 cup of dried sugar free cranberries or any of your favourite dried fruits
  • 1/2 cup organic raw honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbs carob powder
  • 3 tbs of coconut oil
  • 1 tbs fresh vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1tsp himalayan salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven on 160c
  • Place all the nuts and seeds apart from the coconut, almonds, cranberry and sultanas in a big ball and mix well by your hands.
  • Take 1/2 cup of the mixed nuts and put it in the food processor for a few times until broken to deferent sizes.
  • Mix it back again with the rest of the nuts
  • Mix the honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, carob powder and the rest of the spices together. Stir fast with your hand to mix. I don’t like microwave.
  • Add the liquid mix to the nuts mix, stir well with hands or spatula until all mixed evenly.
  • Oil an oven try with coconut oil and place a parchment paper evenly.
  • Spread the granola on the paper and place in oven. Leave for 20 minutes and stir every now and then.
  • While the nuts in the oven, mixed the almonds, coconut smiles and the dried fruits in a ball together.
  • After 20 minutes, switch off the oven, take the granola out of the oven.
  • Add the new mix of almonds and coconut to the baked try by spreading it all over and pressing it hard until it evens out with the rest.
  • Put it back in the switched of oven for another 20 minutes without stirring to get it cruncher.
  • Take it out of the oven, and leave it an touched to cool for another 20 minutes. This is when the mix sticks together and get clustered.
  • Break it to pieces and keep pressing them together with your hands to keep together
  • Serve the hungry mouths and forget the airtight jars! ?

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