coconut chia granola (oil free, vegan, sugar free)
Granola that has everything you want from granola. Crunchy clusters? TICK. Oil and sugar free? TICK. Easy to make? TICK. Perfect amount of sweetness? TICK. Absolutely freaking delicious? TICK TICK TICK! You guys, make a batch today and start the new year right. One of the things I love about the granola recipe is that it’s not too expensive. I love using maple syrup in, well, anything sweet to be honest, but damn it’s costs a pretty penny don’t it? Enter rice malt syrup. It’s like the cheaper cousin of maple syrup, a little less sweet and little less nuanced but still a total darling. I find in a recipe like this Coconut Chia Granola there’s often enough flavour going on that you don’t miss the essence of maple syrup.
I mentioned my blossoming love affair with oats a few posts back, when I discovered oat bars and made these amazeballs Chocolate Date & Pecan Oat Bars. Let me just say it again “Oats, where have you been all my life?” I’ll tell you what, 2017 is gonna be full of oats. Ha! Let’s make oats sexy again. Actually, let’s make all whole foods sexy. I feel as though we are well on the way. Healthy eating is gaining popularity by the second. I mean, have you seen Instagram lately? Is eating more whole foods on your New Year To Do list?
I’ve got a decent NY To Do list, but I have to say I’m so proud of myself and my family for what we have accomplished in this past year. We’ve moved house twice, one of those moves being interstate. We’ve taken a two year old to Vietnam and the UK. We quit eating refined sugars earlier in the year. I grew my first vegetables and found a passion for gardening. I started brewing kombucha and researching gut health. I fell in love with oats. Whew, what a year it has been! You know what? I am SO excited for this coming year. I just have this feeling deep down in my gut that it’s going to be awesome. Here’s a little bit of my NY To Do:
- Put my phone down. As I know many of us do, I struggle with my phone addiction. I worry so much about the impact of screens on my two year old and I am not modelling best practice for her. So this year I want to cut my phone time in half, at the very least.
- Continue learning about nutrition, gardening, best diets for our genetics, gut health etc.
- Be present for my daughter, make fairy gardens with her, cook with her, get her to sleep in her own bed!
- Find my tribe. (If you’re in Melbourne, holla at me!)
- Buy less. Because less really is more.
- Grow this blog. Post regularly, whilst still in keeping with my slow living principles, branch out in to savoury vegan meals, get a little better at writing these words!
Tell me in the comments, what’s on your list?
Let’s all start 2017 with a big bowl of healthy, delicious Coconut Chia Granola, a smile on our face and compassion in our hearts.
Love & light and a very Happy New Years!
Coconut Chia Granola
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats gluten free if required
- 1/2 cup oat flour see notes
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup raw cashews roughly ground, see notes
- 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes
- 1 cup rice malt syrup
- 2/3 cup tahini
- 1 tsp fair trade vanilla extract
- 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
- Preheat oven to 140 and prepare two baking trays.In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat flour, chia seeds, cashew meal and salt.
- To a small saucepan, add the rice malt syrup, tahini and vanilla. Gently warm over a low heat and stir to combine. If your tahini is quite thick and you don't need the granola to be oil free you can add a tablespoon of coconut oil to thin the mixture a little.
- Once mixture is liquid and combined, pour it over the oats and stir well until all the oat mixture is covered.
- Pour the granola onto the baking trays, making sure not to over fill and don't spread too much - we want the oats to clump a bit and create those awesome clusters. Place baking trays in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Check your granola after 20 minutes and give it a little stir around for even baking (it is meant to be soft, it won't harden until it has cooled).
- Once your granola is golden brown, take it from the oven and let it cool on the trays. When it has cooled, pour over the coconut flakes and mix them into your granola. Transfer to a well sealed jar and store in the pantry. Enjoy!
- To make oat flour, simply grind rolled oats in a coffee grinder or food processor. They don't need to be super fine for this recipe.
- I also used my coffee grinder to grind down my cashews, but only a little so there was still a few chunks of cashew.