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Quinoa Cacao Granola

Juliet Wrathall
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Because home made is so much better than store bought!

So many granolas from the supermarket are deemed healthy, but really they have quite a bit of sugar and preservatives in them. Annie from https://cleanandmean.co has created a lovely home made granola that ticks all the boxes.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 

1/2 cup raw almonds 

1/2 cup raw hazelnuts

2 Tbsp coconut sugar

3 Tbsp coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup (or you can use honey)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup raw quinoa 

1/4 cup cacao or chocolate chunks

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Combine oats, coconut flakes, almonds, quinoa, hazelnuts and coconut sugar in a large mixing bowl, and six well.

In a smaller seperate bowl, add the coconut oil and maple syrup. Warm for 2-3 minutes, with frequent stirring, ensuring that both are combined without separating. Add vanilla, and stir.

Pour the hot mixture over dry ingredients and stir until all the grains, nuts and oats are thoroughly coated. Stir through chocolate chunks and/or cacao pieces, and then spread out evenly onto a large baking tray (lined with baking paper).

Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and turn the pan around, so the other end goes into the oven first. Continue for another 10 minutes. Do not stir or attempt to break the granola up! This will ensure you get yummy chunks throughout your mixture.

Be careful to keep a close eye on your oven in the cooking process, to avoid any burning or individual areas of the pan getting too hot. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely.

Feel free to add in any dried fruits or other yummy treats at this point, and further break the mixture into chunks. 

Store in a large airtight jar or container at room temperature for up to 4 weeks.