Momma’s Nutty Granola

2015-02-09 13.37.00

Without being biased, this really is one of the nicest granola’s I have ever tasted. Devised by my own talented momma, it has all the goodness and nutrition you need to get your day off to the best start and once you have your ingredients stocked up, you should get another batch out of them after, making it very economical and cost effective!

Ingredients:

400g jumbo oatflakes

200g mixed chopped nuts (Walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews)

200g pitted dates, chopped

100ml cold water

3tbsps extra virgin olive oil

2 dessert spoons honey

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C

Place jumbo oatflakes and mixed chopped nuts in large mixing bowl. Place chopped pitted dates in a small saucepan with the water. Place on a medium heat and cook gently for 3 minutes until the dates have absorbed most of the water and plumped up. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Place in a food processor and blitz to a smooth puree.

Add the honey and olive oil to the date puree. Pour over the oats and nuts mixture and mix thoroughly to ensure all oats are coated. Spread out evenly on a baking tray, place in a pre-heated oven and bake for approx. 20 minutes until nicely browned.

Stir once or twice during baking to ensure it is evenly baked. Allow to cool in the baking tray, then store in a glass Kilner jar.

Note: For smaller ovens the granola will have to be baked in two batches.

For a super healthy breakfast enjoy with:

Greek yoghurt & fruit, OR

Add a small handful of oats to your bowl, add a little bit of water and allow them to soak overnight (this allows the release of the good enzymes which means you won’t feel bloated) In the morning, take your soaked oats and sprinkle with a dash or cinnamon or ginger, cover with a few spoons of granola and top with fruit (I find a small red apple or a banana works best). For milk, we use rice milk or oat milk (only a drop is needed) as I try to have a dairy free diet as much as possible. I personally don’t like normal milk in it anyway but that’s ones own personal choice!! 🙂

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