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Chocolate Granola

Just made the best tasting ‘nola’ (aka granola, cereal, muesli….whatever you call it) so I have to share my triumphs.

It tastes just like coco pops but it’s good for you!!! My cherub is impressed with her chocolate for breakfast.

Coco-Nola

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 Cup Cashews
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1/4 Cup Macadamia Nuts
1/4 Cup Sunflower seeds
1/4 Cup Pepitas
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder
1 Tbsp Mesquite Powder
2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)

Step two Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
1 Cup Sprouted Buckwheat (Buckinis)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. On an oven tray combine all the nuts and seeds
2. Add powders, oil and maple
3. Toss
4. Pop in an oven at 200c
5. After 5 minutes mix on the tray(you don’t want to burn the powders and get it stuck)
6. Add Buckwheat and coconut. Leave oven door open (this is to make sure the coconut doesn’t burn)
7. You will smell an aroma of chocolate and coconut, this is when it’s done (about another 5 minutes)
8. Open oven door fully, pull tray out of doorway, leave tray on rack and leave to cool.
9. Once cool, grab a pestle or a measuring cup and squash all the nuts until crushed to your liking.
10. Put in jar
Serve with Coconut milk or nut milk, berries and banana.
Enjoy in moderation. For us a small portion is substantial as it’s packed with fats, protein and carbs.

Over indulgence may lead to belly ache ha ha

Local Suppliers

Sometimes I feel bad for finding a consumer product then reinventing it and making it my own homemade version, then I think about the cost of these products and how much I am saving by doing it myself?! It’s a bittersweet feeling really. I feel for producers trying to earn their keep for themselves and probably family so I try to buy locally owned and produced products as well as make my own.

Today I’m giving a plug to wholly granoly. They make the yummiest granola and for every dietary requirement you could think of. I bought the ‘free free free’ version on the weekend. It is gluten free, fructose free and preservative free. It was gone in three days as the husband fell in love with it and I caught him munching a bowl at nighttime every night.

So considering he loved it so much I decided that I would try and make it and see the price difference as to whether it is a great product to keep buying regularly and whether it’s a ‘when they come to market once a month’ kind of product.

Below is my GFP free Granola recipe;

What you’ll need- I didn’t measure just shook, poured

Almonds

Cashews

Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower seeds

Quinoa flakes

Shredded coconut

Chia seeds

Macadamia nuts

Walnuts

brown rice puffs

amaranth puffs

Rice Malt Syrup/ Coconut Sugar or syrup

Cinnamon

Coconut oil

What I did-

Firstly I activated my nuts (so I soaked them, dried them, left them in the oven on low low temp for 24 hours) check out my post of activating nuts and why I do it.

Then I laid all the ingredients (but puffs, syrup and oil) onto lined baking trays.

Popped the oven at about 150c and let them roast.

After about 10 mins (once I smelled the roasting nuts and coconut) I gave the tray a good shake and turned the nuts so that they would be crunchy and golden on both sides.

This is when I added the magic flavours. Depending on the amount you make coat the dry ingredients with syrup (or sugar) oil and cinnamon.

Bake for another 10 mins and you will smell caramalised nuts and cinnamon

I tried a few nuts to see if they were done to my liking (crunchy-not soft, sweet and roasty)

I shook the tray if they weren’t done then checked again after another 5-10 mins.

I took tray out and left on bench to cool, transferred to jar and stored in pantry.

Safe to say that it was more cost effective to make it myself as I have these ingredients on hand all the time and buy bulk. But I will buy from wholly granolly and I will recommend buying them too especially if you are time poor and love granola but since changing your diet realized you can’t eat your favourite any more.