I love this stuff!
I eat it at all times of the day and night – I like to have a batch on hand whenever I can. Yes, I get sad when the jar is empty! My family also LOVES it, so I do find myself making it frequently.
I also make it for gifts, rocking up to a friends place with a jar of some homemade + nutritious goodness…is there anything better?? So, this is the recipe for this particular batch. I vary the ingredients from time to time, and you really can play around with this. You can’t really go wrong, so get creative!
Great for: Breakfast, snacks, yoghurt topper, use atop a crumble, bircher, muesli bars, late night munchies!! When making this particular batch, I made some gluten free or paleo (as I was catering to some GF’s) and then after I’d done that, I added oats to the rest to bulk it out a little and make it stretch further! You can see both pictured here.
This make a LARGE batch. I don’t do anything by halves, and am catering to a household who can’t get enough of this gear. You can half the ingredients listed and you will still have a decent amount!!
INGREDIENTS 6 cups mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamias, brazil nuts – I used predominantly almonds and walnuts), 1.5. cups dried fruit (cranberries, dates, apricots, figs), 1 cup pepitas,1.5 cups desiccated coconut, 1 cup coconut flakes, 3 tbls pure maple syrup, 4 tbls honey (may also use rice malt syrup, pure maple syrup, coconut syrup), 1 tsp (generous teaspoon) pure vanilla extract, Orange zest from 1-2 oranges (this is optional, but it really is what sets this granola apart from others, so I definitely recommend trying it), 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 cups oats (optional: not gluten free, not paleo).
- Preheat oven to 160C
- Add 5 cups of whole nuts (reserve the rest) to a food processor. Process/blend into medium size crumbs. Some of the mixture will turn into a finer flour/meal, that’s ok. We want a variety of shapes and sizes. Transfer to larger bowl.
- Add remaining whole nuts to blended nuts. You may like to roughly chop the whole nuts, or leave them whole. Up to you.
- Add remaining dry ingredients (seeds + coconut). Mix well.
- In a small saucepan gently heat the coconut oil, maple and honey. Mix until combined.
- Stir coconut oil/maple mix through nut/seed mix. Use a large wooden spoon to break down clumps when they form after coconut oil has been added.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- At this point I seperated the paleo/gluten free batch and kept it seperate. Add oats to the remainder. Mix thoroughly.
- Bake mixture in batches – a generous cover of the tray (a couple of cm’s deep) is a good guide. Check every 10 mins, turn mixture when checking so it toasts evenly. It should take about 20 mins per tray. It can burn very quickly!
- Return cooked mixture to large bowl, then add the dried fruit and orange zest. Mix well and you’re done!