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April 25, 2013

The Recipe: Coconut, Fig & Nut Granola

Start your morning off right with this simple and wholesome granola! After all, it’s basically been engraved in our brains since we were little that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for your morning, it gets the brain and body moving, and it’s that little bit of down time you get before tackling the outside world.

So, why make your own granola when there are boxes of the stuff in every grocery store? Because this way you know exactly what you’re eating and you get to control the sugar and flavour. Some of those supermarket granolas can be loaded with white sugar, oils and other things that make those “clusters” form. This granola is far from that; we used honey for our sweetener and coconut oil to get it crispy in the oven. The best thing is that this recipe is completely customizable, feel free to switch in your favourite dried fruits and nut combos.

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Ingredients

4 cups rolled oats (not instant)
¾ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup of hazelnuts, chopped
½ cup dried frigs chopped (I used a fig paste that I happen to find but whole dried figs will work the same)
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ tsp cinnamon
1.5 cups flaked coconut
1/4 tsp. finely ground sea salt or a 1/2 tsp. coarse
1/3 cup liquid honey (or maple syrup, agave)
4 Tbsp. coconut oil

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Directions

1/ Preheat over to 350°F.

2/ In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, whisk oil and honey together to warm up, this will only take a few minutes.

3/ In a large bowl combine oats, walnuts, hazelnuts, figs, cranberries, coconut, and sea salt.

4/ Pour the warm oil and honey mixture over oat mixture and stir well to coat. Spread the granola on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes; remove and stir granola. Place back in oven and continue to stir every 5 minutes or so until the oats and coconut are golden brown, approximately 25-30 minutes.

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Created for TLL by lifestyle blogger, Kayla Seah from Not Your Standard

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