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Coco-Nutty Granola

March 30, 2014

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Sure, eggs are a great, healthy way to start the day, but sometimes you just need a sweet breakfast! This healthy granola recipe will satisfy the most avid sweet tooth, plus it's full of protein-packed nuts, superfood chia seeds and cinnamon, and the super-healthy fats of coconut oil. So when you find yourself snacking on handful after handful, you can munch guilt-free!

The brown rice syrup in this recipe is optional—I personally don't sweeten my granola at all. Perhaps make half a batch with the syrup, half without, and see what you like. I like to eat this granola with yogurt--nice and chunky.

 

 

Makes 5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds (preferably sprouted), roughly chopped (you can either use one type or a mixture)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 5-7 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup (optional)

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 250°F and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Combine all the ingredients, then spread evenly on a tray.

3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden, turning halfway through the cooking time. I like to bake mine until quite dark—the darker it is, the crunchier. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then eat while it's still crispy.

Variation: If you wish to add rolled oats, toss 2 cups into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and add a little more oil and syrup.

What's your favorite way to eat granola? Tell us in the comments!

Sarah Wilson is an author, tv host, blogger and wellness coach whose journalism career has spanned 20 years across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She's the author of the Australian best-seller I Quit Sugar, available in the US April 8.  (Pre-order before April 8 and get a free cocktail cookbook!) Sarah has also authored a best-selling series of ebooks from IQuitSugar.com. She is a certified Health Coach through the Institute for for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Sarah’s 8-Week Program has seen over 300 000 people quit sugar.