Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Granola love: vegan, gluten + refined sugar-free, packed with health and flavour (and no oven needed!)

Granola's reputation has taken some real knocks over the past few years. Way back when,   (the 90's) we associated it with people in beards playing the flute and eating pears that they had plucked themselves- in other words, it epitomized health. Fast forward to 2013 and it's often exiled from the common pantry due to its deceptive "healthy" branding: most commercial granolas are pumped with tons of sugar, high fructose syrup and vegetable oil. 

Ultimately, granola is just oats, toasted and sweetened with a couple of nice additions. A hybrid cereal - eaten alone, with milk, yoghurt or sprinkled on top of something. So that's  exactly what I made! My granola is healthy, free from all and any bad-ness, but still feels like a total indulgence. Vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free- I hope this restores your faith in granola. 

* On a lazier note, this recipe works perfectly using a frying pan...(I love an excuse not to turn on the oven.)

To make 1 jar's worth (it can keep for ages, although it doesn't usually hang around long! Har har)

You will need

Just under 1 cup gluten-free oats (I used Bob's Red Mill Quick cooking GF oats)
2 tbsp Flax seed
A handful of goji berries (You could use raisins if you can't get a hold of these)
A handful of almonds (or any other nut really)
1 tbsp coconut oil (or any oil you like)
A splash of water (about 1 tbsp)
1 tbsp Brown Rice-Syrup ( or any other un-refined sugar syrup, or honey)
1 tsp stevia


1. On a low heat, throw your oats in a large non-stick pan, stirring constantly. Don't leave these for one second as they WILL BURN! Once they start to turn brown/smell toasted, immediately take them off the heat and put them to one side.
2. In the same pan, heat your oil, syrup, stevia and water, stir for 30 seconds
3. Then add in your oats and all the other ingredients, stirring well
4. Once everything looks combined and the oats have soaked up all the sugar solution, remove
5. Let cool (it'll form clumps naturally), break it up later if you need to

This tastes just wonderful,  however you choose to eat it <3

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