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Granola

Ingredients

½ cup sesame seeds

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup walnuts

1 cup coconut chips

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 120 degrees celcius
  2. Heat a large fry pan
  3. Without oil, brown the almonds until they just start turning brown.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Repeat with walnuts and then sesame seeds
  6. Take pan off heat and combine all the seeds/nuts into the pan
  7. Add coconut chips
  8. Pour coconut oil over and mix until all the granola is coated in oil
  9. Spread mixture out onto an oven tray covered in baking paper
  10. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes, until coconut chips start to brown.
  11. Let granola cool before storing it in Tupperware in a cupboard

Sugar free Granola

Serving suggestions

Tastes great with plain yoghurt and garnished with a bit of cinnamon and/or Stevia. I often eat this as dessert because it’s great for satisfying sugar cravings.

Tips

  1. To chop the walnuts, you can either bang them in a bag with a rolling pin or something like that, or just break them into bits with your hands like I do.
  2. A lot of granola recipes tell you to mix in Stevia and cinnamon at the coconut oil stage but I find that the taste of these gets cooked away so I only add these right before I eat the cooked granola. This is also good because it allows for different tastes – people can add as much or as little as they want. For example, I add a pinch of cinnamon while The Coach adds about 3 tablespoons. Seriously – I think he has a problem…

Preamble

I call this the Carrefour Granola because you can buy all the ingredients from Carrefour (duh). When we first arrived in Qatar we didn’t have a car so had to get around using taxis. The taxi system here is somewhat challenging and taxis are in short supply. It’s therefore important to shop at the larger malls so that you can be guaranteed a ride home at the end. And what supermarket do all the large malls prefer? Carrefour of course!

A lot of homemade muesli recipes call for things like sunflower seeds but I am yet to find any that are a) raw and b) unsalted. This is the simplest muesli I could make with the materials at hand. When we get a car I’m planning a trip to a store called Megamart which apparently has a wider range of health food than Carrefour.

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