Tuesday, 20 November 2012

You know that saying, the cardboard box it comes in is more nutritious than your breakfast cereal?  Generally, it’s true.  The majority of big brand cereals are full of sugar, colouring and preservatives.  A number of companies now rave on about how healthy a product is because it contains whole grains, but even these are really just a morning sugar hit.  Granola is particularly evil because it’s laden with sugar, and sulphured fruit, and cheap oil, which makes me cry, because I LOVE granola.  When I lived in Sydney, BREAKFAST CITY, I used to love to go to one particular café in Bondi every weekend to have their house-made granola, yoghurt and berry compote.  In response to this conundrum, I just started making my own. 

Cacao Fruit and Nut Granola

1 cup whole grain oats
¼ cup raw cacao nibs
¼ cup dried blueberries (without sulphur if you can find them)
½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (you could use any nut you’re fond of, but I used walnuts because they’re good for your brain)
A pinch of salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons agave syrup

Preheat the oven to 150 C/300 F.

Combine oats, cacao nibs, blueberries, walnuts, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. 

Put coconut oil and agave in a microwave safe bowl, and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds, or until the oil is melted.  Pour the coconut/agave mixture over the oats and stir thoroughly to combine. 

Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from the over and stir mixture.  Return to the oven for another 5 minutes.  Keep a close eye on your oat mixture while it’s in the oven – all ovens are different and the last thing you want is dry oats and burnt cacao nibs. 

Cool completely and store in an airtight container before you eat the whole lot, with your bare hands, standing at the kitchen counter. 

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