Honestly Healthy Nutty Granola

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I feel a bit stressed if I don’t have a stock of homemade granola available. It not only makes a great breakfast, but it also makes an even better late snack. Without it I have visions of myself absentmindedly tearing through a pile of double stuffed Oreo cookies while watching a Hollyoaks omnibus (Yes, I have very high / low tastes in television. Sue me.)

This nutty granola was the very first recipe I tried when I bought the Honestly Healthy cookbook more than two years ago. It is so simple to make, and it tastes absolutely delicious. Lately I have also been adding a 1/3 cup of quinoa to the granola which I feel adds a bit of depth to the flavor. The recipe in the book calls for:

1/4 cup dried dates
1 cup jumbo rolled oats
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup mixed cashews and pecans
15 grams raw pumpkin seeds
3 tbsp olive oil

I double this which yields enough to fill a large Tala jar just because I go through it so quickly.

To prepare it all you have to do is simmer the dates in 1/2 inch of water until soft and then blend them until smooth (I just do this with the back of a fork until they break down into a paste.) Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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Spread the mixture on to a baking tray and bake at 160°C for 15 minutes in a preheated oven until golden, then reduce the oven temperature to 110° and back for a further 30 minutes or until the mixture is dry and crisp.

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Leave to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.

I cannot recommend the Honestly Healthy cookbook enough. The recipes in it are all pretty fantastic and really gave me such a new appreciation for vegetables. I no longer saw them as just an obligatory side dish because this book really showed me how wonderful and diverse cooking with vegetables could really be. I believe I went for about half a year solely cooking from this book and not eating meat. And to be perfectly honest I didn’t miss it at all. Even now that I have begun eating meat once again, I still have at least three or four meat free dishes each week, and that all stems back to this fantastic beetroot stained, page-stuck-together-with-tamari cookbook.

What I also learned, well what really began with cooking from this book, is just how satisfying cooking and putting thought and effort into what I was eating can really be. I have come to find it almost cathartic to take a bunch of ingredients, cook them together in a certain way, and then be left with a delicious meal or dessert (my day is not complete without a sweet) that I then get to share with people I love and enjoy. To me it is like a direct cause and effect exercise with often times (yes, I have had the few odd disasters here and there) a thoroughly tasty result.

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2 thoughts on “Honestly Healthy Nutty Granola

  1. I agree and recognise there’s a certain feeling of cartharsis when the ingredients all come togther and the end result exceeds your expectations. Particularly baking where my experience has been hit and miss to say the least and the post mortem on failure defies all scientific analysis!…. The nutty granola recipe does look good though. I’ll try it at the weekend if time permits ~ Wish me luck!

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    • Yes, it is certainly satisfying. I find my baking catastrophes funny because I always really TRY to like them even though I know they are not quite right! I should really have some granola too. I feel like everything I have eaten lately has either been a dessert or wrapped in pastry.

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