Maple Nut Granola

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When it comes to granola, it's all about the crunch and the clusters, am i right? While homemade granola is great with or without cluster, a granola that clusters is 10x better than one that doesn't cluster!

This recipe is simple, nutritious and nutty sweet. Oh, and addictive. And it clusters!!  

Maple syrup is my personal favourite, and walnuts do not only look like little brains, they are also good for your brain - the only nut that has omega 3's. Also: I just heard that it's supposedly Breakfast Week (at least in the UK) from the 24th to the 31st, so this a great excuse for me to celebrate breakfast :)

When i baked this granola, our entire flat smelled like cookie dough, and i absolutely love how indulgent it makes my cereal bowls taste. Oh, and right after this photo shoot, i could not stop eating it by handfuls myself. Whoops.

DIY GRANOLA

Preparation time: 30 mins
Main ingredients: oats, nuts, maple syrup
difficulty level: easy
makes: 2-3 cups
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, low-sodium
 
Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if intolerant to gluten!)
1 cup crushed walnuts/pecans/cashews 
1 tbsp pure cashew butter (any other nut butter would work too)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 - 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional)


Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C.

In a big bowl, combine oats, nuts, salt and cinnamon. Stir well. Or, pulse them in a food processor instead.

Add the cashew butter, maple syrup and blackstrap molasses and stir until everything is well coated in the nut butter / syrup mixture. Perhaps use your bare hands for this.

Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and toast it in the oven for about 10 minutes. Stir carefully, and return to oven for another 10 minutes.

The granola is done when it is toasted and lightly golden.
  
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container

This is supposed to last for up to 2 weeks, but knowing me it will be gone in 2 days, haha!  





Maisy



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