Tropical Maple Granola
By Amy Crawford
Let it be known, I accept no responsibility if this granola disappears from your pantry faster than you can say “far out Brussels sprout this stuff is GOOD!” Making this granola requires a degree of will power in my opinion.
Don’t confine this creation to breakfast folks – sprinkle it on poached fruit for dessert (see vanilla infused rhubarb concoction below), with yoghurt for a morning tea treat or scoop it direct from the jar into the palms of your hands for an afternoon lift. Just be sure to put the lid back on after first (large) scoop.
Oh and if you run your eyes to the foot of this post you'll see a shot I took recently whilst compiling a hamper for a housewarming gift. Maybe this is a fun alternative to a pot plant?
Makes 6-8 cups
2 cups puffed brown rice
1 cup raw mixed nuts of choice, coarsely chopped
¾ cup dehydrated mango/banana/pineapple, chopped
½ cup puffed amaranth
½ cup quinoa flakes
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup mixed seeds of choice
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 110 degrees C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Leaving the spices and dried fruit aside, combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
In a small saucepan over low heat combine the spices, vanilla, maple syrup, coconut sugar and coconut oil until the coconut sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and pour over the dry ingredients. Use both hands to combine.
Spread the mixture evenly across the baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring the mixture at intervals to ensure even cooking.
Remove from oven, allow to cool then add the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for maximum crunch.
For those who recognise this recipe, it's actually from my second whole foods eBOOK A Nourishing Morning, alongside 74 other recipes for any time before noon. If you're yet to secure one of my recipe books and are looking for some simple, nourishing, gluten free, whole food recipe inspiration perhaps you'd like to grab yourself a copy here.