Google search granola and the first search result beyond the Wikipedia definition is eatdrinkpaleo’s recipe. Look no further, seriously. I am not a breakfast person nor do I particularly enjoy eating nuts as a snack. The combination of the honey and coconut in this recipe has so much sweetness and crunchiness it is to die for. Get the recipe here
The recipe allows for some ad-libbing depending which ingredients take your fancy. I used a mixture of almonds, some macadamias and hazelnuts. For the dried fruit component I used apricots and cranberries, I’d love to try dried figs next.
I am in no way dedicated to the paleo movement so I don’t activate my nuts. This is a process which basically involves soaking the nuts for a period of time in order to remove the enzyme inhibitors or ‘phytic acids’ which are found in most nuts and seeds making them difficult to digest. Want to activate your nuts? Check out these guidelines from Lorna Jane’s, Move Nourish Believe site.
I cooked the granola in a baking dish lined with baking paper, no need to use oil or ghee as suggested. If you like the crunchy texture, try cooking for a little longer. I carefully watched mine over 20-30mins to get that really golden colour with lots of crunchy clusters of goodness.
Keep it in an airtight container on the kitchen bench, you can store it in the fridge to keep it over a week (if it lasts that long) but you do lose the crunchiness a little with refrigeration.
The recipe comes with a warning about Omega 6 fatty acids and consuming the granola every day. The warning is probably appropriate because I would consider eating this for every meal it is that tasty. In a nut shell (nice pun) Omega 6 and Omega 3 are the essential fatty acids that play a crucial role in brain function and normal growth & development. Because the human body does not produce these we must ingest them, they come from food sources like fish and shellfish, flaxseed, linseed, soya and canola oil and leafy vegetables. Ideally a healthy diet should contain a balance of both, nutritionists recommend the ratio of Omega 6:Omega 3 should be 5:1. The reason for this is that Omega 6 fatty acids are said to cause inflammation and can exacerbate symptoms related to arthritis, gout etc. It is said that the western diet already contains too much Omega 6 (up to a ratio of 35:1), so try to refrain from eating this for every meal. There is a whole lot more reading about the omegas and the ratio debate. Interestingly though if you take an Omega supplement like fish oil, consider krill oil instead (which seem to be popping up in supplement advertising more frequently). Krill Oil supplements have an Omega ratio of 1:12 in comparison to fish oils 1:8, there’s not a whole lot of research to prove that its more beneficial just yet, the jury is still out on that one. You can read more about the benefits of krill oil here.
We eat this Granola with fresh berries and yoghurt, I eat if for breakfast, my husband enjoys it as an after dinner snack. I actually think it would make a great topping with rhubarb or apple a bit like a healthy crumble dessert. I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, for another variation checkout Sarah Wilson’s (author of ‘I quit sugar’) version.