I’ve got to say… I was pretty impressed with myself when this recipe popped into my mind. The result came out better than expected. It usually takes a good 2-3 experimental mistakes to get a really tasty Granola.
However, my ode to Christmas has gone down an absolute TREAT. Even my family members who don’t get my Gluten Free Vegan hype; enjoyed this.
The beauty of this is you have everything required to start the day right – Protein, Fibre and Carbs. Rich in flavour without the nasty sugar crash 30 mins after you’ve eaten.
I also like how crunchy this is, without being tooth breaking. It softens with milk but isn’t gooey.
4 Table Spoons of good Ground Cinnamon
2 Table Spoons of Ground Ginger
1 cup of sugar alternative – I like Coconut Sugar but Xylatol is a good one too.
1 table spoon of Cloves
1 teaspoon of black pepper
4 Cups of GF Oats
2 Cups of Mixed Nuts (Christmassy nuts include Walnuts & Hazelnuts)
1 cup of raisins and cranberries (dried)
1/2 cup ground Almonds
1 cup of flax seed
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Table spoon of Coconut Oil
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time approx 40-50mins
Start by pre heating your oven at 180
Take your apples and slice really thin and pop on a baking tray with foil – juice your oranges and sprinkle 1/2 of your sugar alternative, 2 table spoons of cinnamon, 1 table spoon of ginger and the cloves on top. Make sure your apple slices are coated in this mixture and bake until crispy.
While these are baking prepare your oats in a bowl throw them and the nuts, fruit and other spices into it.
Using a blender pop your dates, boiling water, flax, rest of the sweetener and vanilla extract, black pepper and the ground almonds. Blitz until a smooth and creamy texture you want this to be fairly runny so add water accordingly.
Then pour this mixture into your oats, nuts and fruit and make sure it’s all coated.
Take a large flat baking tray with greased baking parchment (this is what the coconut oil is for) and spread onto the sheet.
I like to add extra cloves at this point because I love the flavour but that’s preference.
Remove the apple “crisps” from the oven and chop into small pieces and add to the granola mix.
Pop in the hot oven and bake for 30 mins.
Remove and using a fork tease into granola pieces. Keep popping into the oven and repeating this process until golden and baked.
Leave to cool and then sprinkle a little more ground cinnamon and shake it up.
I like to have my granola with Alpro Single Soya – it’s a deliciously creamy milk and a small drizzle of Agave Nectre. Almond milk would also be yummy.
Keep in an airtight container. A weeks worth only lasted 2 days in our house so be prepared to binge.