Good-For-You Granola

Happy New Year! Have you all set your 2016 resolutions yet? I hope you're all dedicated to being strong, refreshed, productive, and most of all, being kind to yourselves. You can start with this granola.

Granola is a tricky, fickle beast. Often shorthand for 'the only seemingly healthy option at the brunch place,' granola is in fact more often than not loaded with sugar, butter, and oils. This option keeps things natural and very lightly sweetened. The lack of sugar or honey allows the natural flavours of the nuts, seeds & oats to shine, and lets you leave indulgence for an actual dessert.

Treat yourselves well in 2016!

Good-For-You Granola

2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup almonds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1/2 cup packed, chopped dates
1/2 boiling water
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp natural peanut butter (unsweetened, unsalted)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325F.

 
 

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients from rolled oats to poppy seeds.

In a blender or food processor, combined chopped dates and boiling water. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes until dates are softened. Add olive oil, peanut butter, salt, vanilla and spices, and blend until smooth.

Add liquid to the dry mixture, and mix until mixture is saturated and well-combined. Tip mixture out onto a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes (stirring every 10 minutes), until granola is lightly toasted.

Enjoy with a smear of greek yogurt and a few apple slices. Feel beatific.