Crunchy Nut & Seed Granola

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE

If you like to start your day with a little bit of crunch then this is the breakfast for you. It’s not only tasty but there is a lot of goodness on offer here. The nuts and seeds provide healthy fats and fibre as well as other important nutrients which not only help to keep us full until our next meal, they also provide an energy boost. 

approx 18 portions


INGREDIENTS

200g dates
100g figs
50g dried mulberries , raisins or prunes
100g chia seeds
200g almonds
100g cashews
100g macadamia nuts
optional: 50g desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon sea salt


STEP-BY-STEP

Soak the dried fruit overnight in 200ml water. Then blend with their soaking water and add the chia seeds.

Soak the nuts in salted water overnight, then discard the water and pulse the nuts in a food processor.

Combine the chopped nuts and dried fruit mixture with your hands, and add the desiccated coconut, vanilla extract and salt.

Spread the mixture out on to one or two oven trays and cook overnight, or until it is dry, at 80c / 60c fan / gas 1/2 – with the oven door slightly open.

When cool, break the granola up into chunks and store in an airtight container. Serve with nut milk (see below) or coconut yoghurt and fresh berries.

A few alternative flavours to try adding into the mix:
Banana and passion fruit
Fig and raspberry
Pear and grape