Do you eat yoghurt/smoothie/-or milk with granola, or do you eat granola with yoghurt/smoothie/-or milk? I’m the latter! Or, I used to be. When you make your own granola, from natural and nutritious ingredients – it’s not so economical to eat the whole batch in two go’s, am I right? Also, it fills you up in a whole other way. I still eat most of the smoothie around it first though – so that I get that crunch at the end.
Anyway, enough about how I eat granola! Let’s move on to why this one is with saffron. As we all know Christmas is around the corner and for some reason saffron is a spice that is quite common to use during Christmas time in Sweden. Now, I don’t live in Sweden anymore but I still want my saffron this time a year – so I went out and bought me some. Usually we use it to make saffron buns, but I like to also use it in my porridge, in raw balls, chia pudding, stews, granola etc. Now, if you don’t like saffron – don’t worry you can make this without it for sure!
I make mine gluten free (gf oats) and plant based. You can make it grain free by taking away the oats and exchange it for more nuts and seeds instead. The recipe below is for a big batch, just use less of the ingredients if you want to try it out first, the amount is not that important but don’t use as much oil if you make less.
- 2 dl gluten free oats
- 1 dl cashews
- 1 dl almonds
- 1 dl pecans
- 1 dl macadamia nuts
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 0.5 dl chia seeds
- 0.5 dl coconut flakes or grated coconut
- 0.5 tsp sea salt
- 1 g saffron (I use a lot, you can go with 0.5 as well)
- 0.5 tsp cardamom
- 0.5 tsp cinnamon
- 0.5 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp maple syrup/agave or honey*
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
Heat the oven to 175°C. Start by chopping the nuts using a knife, then place them in a large bowl and add the rest of the dry ingredients. Stir well with a spoon. Then, add the melted coconut oil and sweetener – I like to use my hands to mix it in but you do what’s easiest for you. Place the granola on a paper covered oven plate and spread it out evenly. Roast it in the oven for about 7-10 minutes, but stay close! You want to keep an eye on it. When it starts so smell lovely from the oven and the granola gets some golden colour, it’s done! Take it out and add some goji berries if you want to.
*not plant based.