I love granola. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s just the best.
I have never before, however, tried to make granola without oats OR quinoa. As quinoa can get expensive when you’re throwing it willy nilly into granola every day, I thought I’d treat my gluten-free house guest to an oat-free granola that could be cheaply made and would be utterly delicious and gorgeously nutty. Voila!
I like to make a batch of this granola on Sunday night to see me through the week, especially when I know my breakfasts are going to be eaten on the fly. If your mornings are usually a blur of spilled coffee and burned toast, this is the recipe for you.
(Makes a sizeable batch)
3 cups of mixed, raw, chopped or sliced nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews, macadamias and walnuts)
1 cup shelled seeds, such as sunflower or pumpkin
1 cup fresh grated, toasted coconut OR unsweetened desiccated coconut
1/2 cup ground flax
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup pure coconut oil
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and either grease a baking tray or line it with parchment paper
In a large bowl, stir together the chopped / sliced nuts, seeds and flax
In a smaller bowl, stir together the agave nectar and the coconut oil
Stir the wet mixture into the dry and stir to coat
When the ingredients are coated well, spread them out onto a baking tray and place into the oven
Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring relatively often
Remove from the oven and allow to cool
Break up the granola into chunks and stir in the toasted or desiccated coconut
Keep in a sealed container for up to two weeks
This granola is a fantastic alternative to overpriced and often adulterated store-bought granola, and the joy is that you can tailor it to your own tastes! The inclusion of flax is important, however, as ground flax has a high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids that us vegans can sometimes lack. Flax also contains lignans and fibre – both great for our overall health and digestive health – and the good fats in the nuts and the coconut oil will help our cells stay well and functioning!
I love this granola over fresh fruit with a little soy or almond milk in the morning, and I top it with fresh grated coconut if I have any. Pure joy!