Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Chia Walnut Granola.


Granola Titles

"Breakfast: The fifth most important meal of the day!"

OK so I may be quoting a film. A film I saw over a decade ago. Surprisingly it stuck, with both me and my brother. We've been quoting it to each other periodically since then!

I know some people eat constantly, and possibly do have that many meals a day! I don't! haha! : just a small disclaimer there!

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xylitol! - is soooo funny. You can't make a syrup like you normally would be able to do with sugar. The minute the syrup gets too cool it crystallises. And becomes pretty unusable. It's easy to fix, you simply add a little more water in, and heat gently until it dissolves again. 

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I currently have quite a few different food obsessions. Chia seeds are one of them! I absolutely love how you can use them in so many different ways. They are brilliant "thickeners" for jams or sauces. They are so much fun when used to make puddings, but I also really like them in granola.

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I have to admit. I'm not the best when it comes to remembering to eat breakfast, however I have been trying. I've been finding that keeping a jar of granola on hand has been really helping (I tend to bounce between two households - which means knowing what food is available is a little difficult)

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I know I've mentioned it before, but my love is a little. . . bad at eating properly. He does coffee in the morning. Nothing else. I have sneakily left pots of this by the kettle with the hope that he picks it up at some point! 

I think I may make a feast of a Sunday brunch this weekend, convince him to eat. . . breakfast in bed?!

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Whilst typing up this blog post, I got thinking about different combinations I could try. I think that a hazelnut and cacao nib granola would be divine. And this has also made me slightly hungry!

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When serving, coconut yoghurt, blueberries and an optional drizzle of dark agave are absolute musts!




Recipe :
1/4 cup xylitol (see notes)
1/4 cup water
2 cups Rolled Oats
(see notes)
1/2 cup walnuts (see notes)
12 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup cacao nibs (see notes)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp sesame seed



1. Add the xylitol and water into a pan, heat gently until it reaches the boil. Remove from heat to cool slightly, however don't let it cool completely.
2. Obliterate the walnuts into pea sized pieces in a food processor.
3. In a bowl mix the walnuts and Oats until combined, then pour in the slightly cooled xylitol mixture.
4. Tip onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Bake at 180c for approx. 10 minutes or until browned. Be careful not to burn it.
5. When cooled, mix in the dates, coconut, cacao nibs, chia seeds and sesame seeds.






Substitutions :

Xylitol - can be substituted for sugar, I just try and stay clear of it. I have also considered using coconut nectar, or Agave, but I haven't actually tried it yet.

Walnuts - Walnuts are just the nuts I had on hand at the time, however I think this would be lovely made with hazelnuts, a sort of nutella granola!

cacao nibs - I love cacao nibs. Pure and simple. However if you were being naughty you could use chocolate chips, or substitute in more fruit.



Notes :


Rolled Oats - Make sure you use "Old fashioned oats" and not "quick cook" varieties.

If you let the xylitol and water mixture cool too far, it will begin to crystalise again, if this happens, add in another 2 tbsp of water and heat gently until it dissolves again.
I don't personally like to cook the fruit with the oats, because sometimes I feel like it burns quickly.

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