Friday, 19 August 2011

Gran-oh yeah!-la

The crunch. The nuttiness. The health benefits. The deliciousness. The completely innocent guilty pleasure. Yes my friends, I am talking about granola - or as I like to call it, gran - oh yes please I would love some more of this tasty delight - la. But that's a bit of a mouthful...  What else is a bit of a mouthful is granola! And try and not have to many mouthfuls of this little beauty! Impossible!

Lauren's Nutty Crunch Granola

Dry Ingredients
1 Cup raw Buckwheat Groats (or what I like to refer to as my little Buckwheat Gloats because, let's face it, if I were a buckwheat I would gloat too...)
1 Cup Raw Oats
1 Cup each of your choice of raw nuts -- I used cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts and walnuts
1 Cup of your choice of raw seeds -- sunflowers, pepitas, sesames are all yummy additions!
1 Cup of dried fruits -- gojis, raisins, cranberries -- whatever takes your fancy! My only suggestion is to try and buy ones without added sugar or preservatives!
A touch of real salt

I blitzed these together in my food processor on a low pulse so that they blended together and chopped up but were still in big enough pieces that they could be separated - so depending on how chunky you like your granola chop your ingredients to your desired size!

Then top with...
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (the real stuff only!)
1/2 Cup almond butter
1/2 Cup oil of your choice -- I used Macadamia oil to echo the nuts and seeds that are in the granola, however any healthy relatively flavourless oil will work fine!

Mix and add more wet ingredients if desired

Spread onto your baking dish, and bake at 180 degrees (Celsius) for 40-60 minutes, depending on your oven.

Remove and enjoy with your favourite milk and fresh fruits... If you can wait that long... Mine never seems to make it to the bowl before I begin gobbling it up...

These crunchy granola pieces also make great snacks! Pop in a bag or container and take them with you as a great, healthy, satisfying snack to keep you powering along in between meals!

Love and light,
Lauren xxx

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