Maple Mixed Nuts Granola

Maple Mixed Nuts Granola

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It give you the energy you need to go on with your day. However, I have to admit that I was not a breakfast person. I use to go on my morning with just a cup of coffee or sometime with banana bread or muffin but recently I try to eat more breakfast.  We seems to don’t have much time for breakfast and grab whatever easy and quick. Maybe that is why I skip it all together to begin with. I recently eat a lot of oatmeal for breakfast after learning about the health benefit of it, plus it is very quick to prepare. Half a cup of oatmeal has 7 g of protein and keep you full. I usually have my oatmeal with maple syrup,coconut oil, fresh fruit and chia seeds.

My husband and I went to Costco the other day and we bought a huge box of old fashion oats. We try to save money buying bulk but I am still not use to it yet. It was a lot of oat !! Though oat is good but I am easily get bored eating only one thing….so I started thinking what can I make from those oats and here it is Granola. I have a lot of idea on granola flavors and will share with you once I make them. Today, I will share this first Maple Mixed Nuts Granola. My husband was raving about it and asked me if I share the recipe on my blog yet coz it is sooo good 🙂 So I take his word for it!

You can have it alone as snack ( warning: you can’t stop snacking on it) have it like cereal with unsweetened nuts milk, sprinkle over oatmeal or yogurt. Hope you love it ! 🙂

maple nut granola

Ingredients

3 cups old fashion oat/rolled oat
1/3 cup of chopped raw almond
1/3 cup of chopped raw walnut
1/3 cup of chopped cashew
1/3 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar,cinnamon and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Combine both mixtures and mix well then pour onto baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway to achieve an even color.
  • Remove from oven, let it cool down.Once cool, add dried cranberries and mix until evenly distributed. Store in an air-tight container.

How to make your own nuts milk!

nuts milk
Homemade Almond Milk and Almond Flour/Meal

Yield: 4 Cups 
Prep time : 8 hrs
Cooking time: 8 mins

Ingredients
1 Cup Raw Almond
4 Cups filter water
pitch of salt
1 tsp of lemon juice
3 tbsp of agave
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla (optional)

Direction

  • Soaked 1 cup of raw almond over night ( at least 8 hrs) ,
  • Rinse and wash soaked almond, put soaked almond in blender with 4 cups of filter water and operate the blender, about 2-3 mins.
  • Strain the pulp out using nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Season your milk with a little salt and lemon to bright up the flavor. Add vanilla extract if you like.
  • Sweetens your milk using agave/ honey/ sugar or whatever sweetener for your liking.

Variations

Cashew Milk: 1 cup of cashew (soaked for at least 2 hrs) with 4 cups of water
Hemp Milk : 1 cup hulled hemp seeds (no soaking required) with 5-6 cups of filter water
Homemade nut milk should last in your refrigerator for 3-4 days. The remaining almond pulp can be transformed into almond flour/meal by dehydrating it in dehydrator or the oven with lowest temperature (mine is 170 F) for 4 hours. Grind dry almond pulp in coffee grinder and keep almond flour in the air tight container for making delicious almond cookies or other baking goods.
Note : Unlike store bought milk, homemade milk is not emulsified with additional ingredients. You will need a good shake before using.