Granola

Granola is often made from a combination of healthy and not so healthy ingredients. Replacing the sugar with maple syrup and using healthy Coconut Butter as the fat tasted delicious but the resulting texture was a disappointment: I like my granola chunky and without all the sugar, the oats did not stick together. I experimented with different fats and adding varying amounts of sugar. Finally, it was by adding an egg white to the mixture that I achieved the consistency I was looking for: my kids were so excited when I served the granola for breakfast- they thought I was serving them chunks of cookies.

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Granola

INGREDIENTS

3 cups old fashioned groats (its great to flake your own oat groats if you have the equipment see post about homemilled flour)
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I like a mixture of almonds and walnuts or pecans)
1/4 cup seeds (I like using either sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds)
2 tablespoons raw brown sugar
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 coconut oil (melted)
1 egg white, beaten until its frothy
1/2 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, dates, apricots, goji berries etc)

directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients.
3. In a medium bowl combine the maple syrup and melted coconut oil and add it to the oat mixture. Add the egg white and mix well to combine.
4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread out the granola mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave it in there overnight.
5. In the morning break up into large chunks and add dried fruit.

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Category: Breakfast, Snacks
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