I have always been a huge fan of traditional granola. Before my healthy eating days I used to buy this in bucket loads from the supermarket. Then I realised just how super easy it is to make, not to mention much healthier! After reading about the benefits of eating as much raw food as possible (improved digestion, improved skin appearance) I thought – you really don’t need to bake granola to get the perfect breakfast dish on the go. This rawnola recipe is the best combination of oaty nuttiness with just the right amount of sweetness thanks to the dates and cinnamon. I can’t stop eating it with Coyo’s coconut milk yoghurt, almond milk or just on it’s own as a snack.
INGREDIENTS (makes 1 large container)
- 1 & 1/2 cups pecans
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup oats
- 1 & 1/2 cups medjool dates
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
Start by placing half of the almonds (1/2 cup) and 1 cup of the pecans into a food processor and blend for a couple of minutes until you have a fine crumbly texture. Set the remaining half a cup of almonds and half a cup of pecans to one side.
Place the pecan almond crumble mixture from the food processor in a large bowl.
Add the dates to the food processor and blend for a few of minutes until you have one large gooey sticky ball of date mixture. Place this in the large bowl with the pecan almond crumble mixture.
Melt the coconut oil in saucepan and mix in the cinnamon and vanilla extract once you’ve taken it off the heat.
Take the remaining 1/2 cup of pecans and break them up into pieces with your hands, adding them to the large bowl of crumble mixture. Almonds are a little more difficult to break up with your hands so blitz these in the food processor for about 15 seconds and then add them to the large bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
Place the oats, desiccated coconut, sunflower seeds and coconut oil mixture into the large bowl with everything else. In order to make the delicious crumbly granola chunks (we all know and love!) massage the ingredients together with your hands for a couple of minutes until the sticky date ball is completely mixed in. At this point, some of the mixture should have stuck together nicely to create granola chunks which you often get by baking traditional granola. Transfer the granola into a container rolling some of it into little balls and the leaving the rest as crumbly oatiness (this is how I like mine anyway!)
Place the container in the fridge to allow the rawnola to set for a few hours. You can either store it in or out of of the fridge. Serve with your favourite fruit and enjoy!