Samstag, 15. Juni 2019

sweet n salty granola 🍓✨

A few weeks ago someone on instagram requested a new granola recipe – but without dried fruits. As you all know, I love experimenting and creating new recipes – … but hardly ever manage to follow existing ones. 😬
So I went to my trusty organic store, stocked up on oats, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and a lot more and came up with a sweet n salty granola recipe which I’m a bit proud of, tbh. 👧🏻
I actually made it up as I went along, which is my usual modus operandi when it comes to cooking – and took notes so that I could share it with you.
I hope you don’t feel put off by the “salty“ – I only used one teaspoon of salt for roasting the sunflower seeds and the salty taste barely comes through. But when it does, it’s really … harmonious (?) and goes well with the slightly sweet taste of the caramelized almonds. Anyway, let’s do this, shall we?



# 1 The first thing you need to do is soak the dates in water for (at least 45 minutes) up to a few hours. ✌️ #patienceplease

# 2 Roast almonds in a pan from all sides for ~4-5 minutes on high heat – add cinnamon in the process. Reduce the heat when your almonds get a darker colour, add agave syrup to caramelise almonds slightly. Make sure you move them around a lot so that they’re evenly covered with a thin sugary film in the end.
You can totally skip this step, if you don’t want any additional sugar (apart from the sugar in the dates) in your granola. I find it’s a good amount and not overly sweet, but it’s up to you of course!
Take the almonds out of your pan (soak the pan in hot water so that the crystallised sugar dissolves) and put them on a tray lined with baking paper. The almonds stick together as soon as the sugar hardens, so try to distribute them evenly as long as you can.


# 3 Take your (clean) pan again and now roast the sunflower seeds on high heat for a few minutes/until they darken (and smell really good!) and add the (himalayan) salt.
I got into himalayan salt a few weeks ago and find it milder than sea salt. That’s why I prefer using it for baking.
# 4 Now drain the dates, but save the water for the time being – you might need it later –, put the dates and the tahini in your blender/food processor and blend everything together. You should end up with a creamy paste. In case your blender gets hick-ups (or overheats), add a bit of your date water to make the blending job easier…
Intermission: Preheat your oven to ~150°C


# 5 Now comes the fun part! Although it was quite fun already, right? 👵🏻🎉
Mix all the dry ingredients in a big mixing bowl, add the salty sunflower seeds, chop the caramelized almonds into chunks and add them to the mix as well.
# 6 Finally, add the date/tahini paste, (wash your hands) and get right in there, mixing and kneading everything together. The dry ingredients won’t be properly “soaked” in the end, but mix it all until you feel like everything at least came in contact with the date/tahini paste.



# 7 Cover a baking tray with baking paper and put half of your mix onto the tray, spreading it out evenly. I kind of loosened the mix up a bit with the tips of my fingers (instead of pressing it down firmly). No idea if it did anything but I was happy with the result, so … 🤷🏻‍♀️
Bake for around 15 minutes, but check every once in a while so that you don’t burn your precious granola. All ovens are different, so maybe yours takes longer or is done more quickly. I took mine out when it had darkened slightly golden brown, especially around the edges.
You can either let the granola cool off on the tray and use a second tray to bake the other half of the mix, or, like me, break the granola into small junks and put them in a bowl. Make sure you let it cool off completely before you fill it into a jar or container and cover it with a lid!


Just a heads-up: The granola doesn’t “develop” its full taste until a few days after making it, so don’t be disappointed when the still warm granola tastes just like “oats mixed with other stuff”. 😂

I like the granola best with fresh fruit and oat milk or as a smoothie bowl topper!


Hope you enjoyed – please let me know how it went and if you like it! ☀️


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