Loaded Granola Crunch

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Without a whole lot of time to prepare breakfast, having a stash of granola has become my ultimate saviour. Long ago, I used to buy it already prepared but then after looking into the ingredients, I realized how unhealthy something I had always considered good for me was. The same went for cereals. While they might look like a healthy choice on the outside, especially when they're advertised as 'gluten-free', 'organic', & 'sugar-free', they are filled with tons of hidden sugars and other additives. This began my grand experimentation of creating a healthy version that's still bursting with flavour and finally, I've fined it down. It's become my new obsession to say the least and I just love how much easier it makes mornings. Less things to think about in those early AM's .. yes please! What's even better is that it's sugar and gluten free, plus vegan just as long as you leave out the egg whites.

 

The Ingredients:

- 3 cups oats (I used gluten-free oats)

- 1/2 cup chopped almonds

- 1/2 cup, crushed pecans

- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

- 1/2 cup raw crushed cashews 

- 1/2 cup shredded coconut 

- 1/2 cup chia seeds

- 1/2 cup hemp seeds 

- 1 cup puffed rice or puffed quinoa

- 1 cup coconut flakes

- 1 tbsp maca powder

- 3 tbsp cinnamon

- 1 tsp ground ginger

- 1 tsp himalayan salt

- 2 egg whites (opt out if vegan)

- 1/2 cup coconut oil

-  2 tbsp coconut butter

- 2 tbsp cashew butter

- 2 tbsp hazelnut butter

- 3 tbsp almond butter

- 3 tbsp honey (optional)

Serving Size:

This recipe makes two 1-liter jars. I usually split it in two before baking and make half with honey, half without or half chocolate. If you would like a smaller portion, simply cut all the ingredients in half. 

The How:

[1]. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. (For a chocolate version, you can also add 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder.)

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[2]. Combine coconut oil, nut butters & honey in a cup. Microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. You can also melt them together in a pan if preferred or just put the bowl in the oven for a minute.

[3]. Add in egg white and whisk all together until properly blended.  

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[4]. Pour sauce over the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together until everything is evenly coated. 

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[5]. Spread evenly on top of a parchment sheet over a baking pan. 

[6]. Set oven to 150°C/ 300°F. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure everything is evenly browned. Once finished, allow the granola to cool fully. If wanted sweetened, mix honey or maple syrup in once the granola is finished cooking while it's still warm. 

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[7].  Store in an airtight jar or container & enjoy!

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Some other ingredients you can add in (after the granola is cooked) if you prefer a sweeter taste are mulberries, goji berries, chopped dates, and banana chips. I know it can seem like an overwhelming amount of ingredients so I recommend buying everything in bulk and it will go a long way. Everything in this recipe is packed with vitamins, minerals, and combined together make a perfect healthy explosion of deliciousness. I love making big batches for the week and making different, quick morning combinations (like the one above with coconut yogurt, hazelnut butter, & blueberries). Ok.. and maybe sometimes also for lunch/dinner when I don't feel like cooking. ;)  I hope it makes your mornings a bit easier and of course, more nutritious & satisfying!

With love,
♥ JJ