Crunchy sunshine granola

Hi friends!

Today I’m bringing you granola. If you have never made granola before (what have you been doing with your life?) it’s super easy so don’t sweat it. But before we get into it, let’s have a wee chat.

Well what a week I’ve had! I had my last school gala, my last mufti day and my last assembly EVER! On Wednesday it was my birthday, and my dear friends decided to kidnap, blindfold and drive me round in circles…(you could be forgiven for thinking this sounds like a stag night prank gone wrong ) they then led me to where they had set up a special picnic just for us.

This weekend was my party and we had a girl’s retreat at my house. Highlight was trying (and failing) to do pilates. I think our abs were pretty worked out if you know what I mean (I mean from the giggling…keep up!) Anyway, after one very hectic, traumatic and slightly melancholic week, I bring you Crunchy Sunshine Granola.

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I’m on a bit of a granola craze at the moment (you could say I’m NUTS for granola…but you shouldn’t because it’s a terrible pun!) I’ve basically tried putting everything in granola…and let me tell you…it still tastes good! So shall we bring on the recipe then?

Crunchy sunshine granola:

Adapted from Nad’s healthy kitchen: http://www.nadshealthykitchen.com/#!homemade-almond-vanilla-granola/c22wy/433A8A44-C3C2-4C06-8864-52F899D16A75

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 egg whites*
  • 2 Tbsp nut butter (almond is the way to go)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla (ice ice baby)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp sweetner (like stevia, xylitol… or sugar if that’s your jam)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup puffed amaranth (or millet, or you can add more oats)
  • 1 cup wheat/bran flakes (I used Special K)
  • 1/2 cup almonds, crushed
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas if you’re Mexican)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dates

Phew. I’ll wait while you go get all that…

So, first go on and mix all the wet ingredients.

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Then in another bowl you can mix up the rest of the ingredients.IMG_1175 edit

Add in your puffed amaranth* (check out my hints below if you are frowning.) IMG_1176 edit

Then all you need to do is mix your wet and dry ingredients together and lay it all out on a tray.

Bake it up at 150 degrees C for 25 mins-ish* (DON’T LEAVE IT! Take it from one who knows the dry, blackened ashes and heartbreak all too well!)IMG_1177 edit

Once it’s done you can store it in a cute jar… (if it lasts long enough)

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Hints: (1. READ THIS BEFORE YOU BEGIN!)

2. I know you think egg whites are for meringues…but trust me it’ll add the crunch-factor!

3. Puffed amaranth- if you aren’t sure what I’m on about I’ll give you the lowdown… Amaranth is a cute little grain which is an excellent source of protein, is easy to cook and has many uses.

4. Most importantly…turn the granola every 10 minutes…Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I think that’s all from me. So until next time…have a great week and go get your crunch on!

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