With the gentle sweetness of Jaggery (unrefined cane sugar) and maple syrup, this granola is ideal paired with unsweetened coconut or almond yoghurt and fresh fruit – and a drizzle of white almond butter, of course!
Jaggery is an Indian/Asian/African unrefined cane sugar that has its’ molasses – and therefore micronutrients and rich, malty flavour – intact! It can be found at Asian supermarkets some heath-food stores.
Although this recipe seems to have a lot of ingredients, they are all easy-to-find store cupboard foods.
It’s easy to make too: mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then mix together, then bake in the oven!
I suggest adding the dried fruit just before the end of the baking process stops it from drying out and keeps it soft and moist.
- 2/3 cup extra virgin coconunt oil
- 3 tbsp white almond butter (optional)
- 4 cups jumbo oats
- 1/2 cup (125ml) maple syrup
- 1/2 cup (110g) Jaggery (found at good Asian supermarkets)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1 cup slivered or chopped almonds
- 3/4 cup (100g) pumpkin seeds
- 3/4 cup (100g) sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup (80g) chia seeds
- 1 cup (45g) coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup (30g) cacao nibs
- 1 cup (130g) dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup (50g) dried goji berries
- Oven on at 170C/340F
- Melt the coconut oil over a bain marie or in a heatproof bowl in the oven on a low heat.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine oats, seeds, nuts, coconut flakes, cinnamon and salt.
- When the coconut oil has melted, mix in vanilla extract and maple syurp and stir to combine.
- Add coconut oil mix into large bowl of dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated.
- spread as a 1-2cm (0.5-1 inch) thick layer in a lined baking tray and bake for 25 minutes, by which time, the granola should be looking nice and toasty.
- Take out of the oven and carefully stir in the dried blueberries and gojis and return the tray to the over for another 6-8 minutes (adding the dried fruit at this stage prevents them burning and keeps it nice and moist).
- Remove the granola from the oven and leave to cool on the tray without disturbing it until completely cool.
- When cool, break into clumps [as small or large as you like it], and enjoy with fresh fruit and natural coconut or almond yoghurt.