For my first recipe post, there’s no other choice. This fall, the kids ate this granola EVERY DAY for breakfast. It makes a wonderful house gift instead of wine or flowers, and I bagged it up in December as holiday thanks for teachers, friends, etc.
It’s not cheap, thanks especially to the macadamia nuts. I would consider almond slices, or some other type of nut, but in the end I’d rather not worry about the Omega 6 content (the kids eat A LOT of this stuff). I have gradually increased the amount of coconut flakes, which brings down the price a tad…
I loved the original, but there’s always tweaking to make it SLTP! I’ve worked a lot on this version (I make it once a week, no kidding), but there is lots of room for personalization (like cranberries? apricots? raisins?).
Why don’t you take a shot with your own improvements, and let me know how it turns out?
375 g (about 1 and 2/3 cups) macadamia nuts (I use pre-roasted and salted, because those are the cheapest I can get)
400 g (1 and 3/4 cups) coconut flakes
66 g (1/3 cup) whole, pitted dates
60 mL (1/4 cup) maple syrup (organic grade C)
165 g (3/4 cup) coconut oil
2-3 tsp cinnamon
salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 130°C (265° F), line 2 cookie sheets (jelly roll pans) with baking parchment
If coconut oil is solid (mine usually is except in high summer), measure it out and place in a (non-plastic) bowl in the oven to liquefy (I suppose you could use a microwave if you have one)
Chop macadamias, cinnamon, and dates in a food processor to achieve a chunky powder consistency
Using a wooden spoon, gently mix macadamia mixture with coconut chips (use a LARGE bowl)
Add maple syrup to melted coconut oil, then pour over the macadamia/date/coconut mixture. continue to mix carefully with the wooden spoon until everything is well coated. Salt to taste.
Pour half of the mixture onto each cookie sheet and spread into thinnest possible layer.
Bake for approximately 50-60 minutes until the granola turns golden brown, checking every 10-15 minutes and stirring
Remove cookie sheets from oven, let granola cool, pour into large storage container.
Serve with yogurt, milk, cream, coconut milk, alone, with ice cream, or any other way you can think of! Enjoy 🙂