I stay prepared, big and small.
I’m prepared for tomorrow’s day of work. I mean… insofar as I have a bra and a pair of jeans set out on my bedroom chair.
I’m prepared for my hungry hungry cat with extra bags of food. I’m prepared for my travel schedule with my passport and this face mask.
I’m prepared for a good time with a drawer full of sparklers and a bar full of gin and a freezer with plenty of ice.
I’m prepared for a hurricane with extra drinking water, a mostly full tank of gas, and flood insurance like a dang adult.
But mostly I prepare for my hunger… and the hunger of anyone who crosses the threshold. This granola, or some version of it, stays in my pantry. It’s something I pile in a bowl for breakfast and snack on in the afternoon. You best believe I’ll shake up a handful with chocolate chips for a midnight snack. It’s versatile and really so so satisfying.
The turmeric cuts the sweetness almost adding a savory quality to this granola. Cocoa nibs offer a perfect chocolate bitterness and dehydrated fruit is much more amiable than dried fruit.
What do you think? Add this to weekend food prep?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- old fashioned oats.
- raw cashews though raw walnuts are a great option.
- sesame and flax seeds.
- coconut oil and maple syrup for fat and sweetness.
- turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of black pepper and salt, too.
- dehydrated raspberries (or strawberries) and cocoa nibs make this granola wealthy in flavor and health.
- date syrup is optional but rich in nutrients and helps the granola clump.
In a food processor or small spice grinder blend half of the nuts and half of the oats to moderately fine.
This will help the granola clump as it bakes.
Add the remaining oats and nuts along with the flax and sesame, salt and spices.
Toss to combine.
In a small bowl whisk together melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and date syrup if you’re using it
Thoroughly combine the wet ingredients. They’ll thicken and emulsify.
Stir the wet ingredients into the oat and cashew mixture.
Toss together to coat all of the dry ingredients in the coconut and maple concoction.
The turmeric will tint the oats orange. That’s a good sign.
Spoon the unbaked granola onto a parchment lined baking sheet and here’s the trick: press the granola into an even layer. Not chunks scattered around the pan. Press the granola into an even and cohesive rectangle or oval shape. Bake until the edges are golden and the nuts have browned.
Allow the granola to cool for 15 minutes or so and crumble as you’d like.
When the granola has cooled sprinkle in cocoa nibs.
Add dehydrated fruit. Raspberries are my favorite, but dehydrated bananas or strawberries would be an equally solid choice.
Serve with yogurt or whipped cream. Munch on it straight out of a bag. Make your airplane seatmates jealous with your breakfast snack. Keep it in the pantry in case of emergencies and really the emergency is 2nd breakfast and this is perfect.