Crunchy Christmas Granola

YUUUUUMMMMMM

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I LOVE GRANOLA! you can make it as naughty or a good as you are feeling!!

Think a healthy light Christmas Breakfast or a recovery Breakfast for Boxing day!

DF

MAKES: 10 cups

PREP TIME: 10 mins          COOK: 100-120 deg  FF oven           TIME: 3-4 hours

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups                rolled oats
  • 1 cup                   pepitas
  • 1 cup                   sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup                   raw pistachios or cashews
  • 1 cup                  brazil nuts - chopped
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup    cacao liquor @heavenlycacao or cacao nibs
  • 1 cup                 cranberries
  • 1/2 cup              naked ginger @buderimginger
  • 1/2 cup              honey
  • 1/2 cup              coconut oil or light tasting olive oil
  • 2 tsp                  ground ginger(more if you want to punch it up)

METHOD:

  1. Line 3 x baking trays with  greaseproof paper - set aside
  2. Place nuts, dried fruits, seeds  and ground ginger into large bowl (Do not put in the cacao liquor/nibs)
  3. Place oil and honey on the stove and warm very gently - if this mix is too warm it will soak into the oats instead of coating)
  4. Pour wet mix onto the dry ingredients and stir until well coated
  5. Spread onto baking trays as thinly and as evenly as possible
  6. Place into the oven for 3-4 hours, check and turn around every hour
  7. Once baked, allow to cool completely before adding in the cacao liquor/nibs - combine until well mixed
  8. Place in an airtight container (and i bet you can't resist eating spoonfuls before you get it away)              
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A FEW LITTLE EXTRA TIPS TO MAKING AWESOME GRANOLA:

  1. increase the amount of honey and you will be able to create clusters from this mix - great for snacking
  2. Always use rolled oats or whole oats - this won't work with quick oats
  3. Honey will make the mix brown up - don't to be concerned, it's not burnt, that's just the difference between honey and sugar in commercial granola :)
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