I am lucky enough to have just returned from an amazing holiday in Europe, so things have been a bit quiet in the blogging department, but I’ve come back refreshed and inspired. I was in food heaven the entire trip; France, Italy and Spain had some of the best food I have ever tasted in my life! Often not what I would consider the healthiest options, but I love to try new and different foods, I made sure I experimented with the the local cuisine in each new place I visited who knows when I’ll get that chance again so I definitely made the most of it! One thing I couldn’t get used to were the breakfasts, the norm was pastries, white bread and sugary cereals, I really missed having my home made Granola and yoghurt. So this was one of the first things I made when I came home.
Choco Crunch Granola
Mix the following ingredients in a large bowl
- 3 cups of raw nuts roughly chopped (brazil, hazelnut, pecan, almonds, cashews or macadamias)
- 1-2 cups of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
- 1 cup of coconut flakes or thread coconut
- 3 TBsp chia seeds
- 4 heaped TBsp coconut oil
- 2 TBsp honey (or pure maple syrup)
Turn off heat and add 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 TBsp cacao or maca powder + 1 cup of almond meal, it will form like a paste. Pour the paste into the bowl of nuts, seeds and coconut and mix through with your hands. If it seems too dry add a bit of extra coconut oil.
Optional: add 1/2 cup of dried fruit like currants, chopped dates or figs.
Spread in one layer in an oven tray and bake at 160 degrees for around 20-30mins. This is the trick bake at a lower heat, be patient and keep an eye on it! Patience is not my strong point and I have often tried to crank the heat up to speed it up, the result; many burnt batches of Granola!!
You can adapt this Granola recipe depending on what you have in the pantry. This recipe above is low in carbohydrates, high in fats (LCHF) but you could add some oats, buckwheat or other grains to fill it out and make it go further if you are feeding a hungry family.
I love the chocolately flavour of using the cacao powder in this recipe, I also often use Maca powder instead and this gives more of a caramelly taste, and always my favourite spice cinnamon!
Serve with natural yoghurt or coconut cream and fresh fruit any time of the day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂