Thursday, 30 May 2013

Grain Free Coconut Crunch Mango Granola

Over the weekend, the worst possible thing that could ever happen occurred. My MacBook Pro's hard drive failed. Not only did it fail but it decided to do so as I was halfway through a 4000 word research essay. With haste I took my computer to the Apple store, where I waited for over an hour watching the Genius bar man try and access my "pretty much dead" laptop's files, with alas, no success. To calm my impending anxiety attack the Apple guy assured me that a hard drive retrieval specialist would have a good chance of being able to recover my files, but it would cost from $300-$1000. Being a full time student I don't have access to large amounts of cash and knew it would be a few weeks before I could save my pennies to afford this service. So right now I have no laptop and no files. I had to research and re-write a 4000 word essay in 3 days, which to say the least is an experience I never wish to repeat again.

Lucky for me, the morning before this incident I had made granola. Not only was it a delicious, filling and nutritious breakfast, but it acted as the perfect meal replacement for lunch and dinner also; allowing more time to for me to frantically retrace my previous weeks research and furiously type out my ridiculously long essay.

While I don't endorse granola as a meal replacement, it does make an excellent breakfast, especially for time poor people like myself, who need a nutritious and balanced meal in a hurry.




Grain Free Coconut Crunch Mango Granola
Adapted from I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson


Ingredients

3 cups coconut flakes (unsweetened, found in health food shops)
2 cups cashews, roughly chopped
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup flaxmeal
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
10 drops liquid stevia (optional)
1/2 cup dried mango, roughly chopped

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius (300F), and line a baking tray with baking paper

2. Combine the coconut oil and stevia in a bowl, mixing well, then add the remaining ingredients. except the mango, mixing until combined.

3. Tip the ingredients onto to baking tray, spreading evenly, and place in the oven to cook for 40-60 minutes. After 20 minutes has passed, remove the tray from the oven, and using a spatula flip the mixture so all sides cook evenly. Return to the oven and repeat this process every 10-15 minutes until it has reached the desired colour of golden brown.

4.Once toasted, remove from the oven, add the mango and let cool on the tray. Once cold place in an air tight container (or your mouth!) and store for up to a week.


133 comments:

  1. Your granola sounds super delicious! YUM!

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  2. I just made granola for the first time and loved it! This looks excellent! What a bummer about the computer and paper. Good for you that you rewrote it, though.

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    1. Homemade granola doesn't even compare to store bought and you get to put in whatever you feel like!

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  3. Oh my! I am so sorry to hear about your laptop..yikes!! Hav eyou heard of Dropbox? check it out. I use it all the time because I am scared my PC will crash on me any day now.

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    1. My partner has connected my desktop computer to sky drive which since last Saturday ive been using religiously to back up my work. Lesson learnt!

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  4. This is definitely much better than a MacBook!

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  5. Love homemade granola! This is loaded with goodies.

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    1. Yes lots of goodies, making sure you get a nutritious start to the day!

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  6. This looks so easy to make, and at the same time is so yummy! And looks great, too. I bet my husband would love this.

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    1. It was very easy, your husband could even make it!

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  7. Ugh, so sorry to hear about your MacBook. I actually dropped mine, on cement, with only a thin reusable grocery bag protecting it a few weeks ago. It's got a pretty good dent in one corner now, but it seems to be functioning ok. However, I'm still terrified, and continously backing up my work to an external hard drive. Ugh, REALLY need to get a travel case for this thing :(

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    1. Yes I have learnt the hard way the importance of backing up!! But thank you for your sympathy :)

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  8. I wish you good luck with your essay (As a student, I understand your troubling experience!). Great granola recipe, it seems easy to make!

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    1. Thank you! I am dreading the return of my essay mark but at least I got it done!

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  9. I'm all about making my own granola these days and this recipe looks divine. I love the addition of coconut and mango!

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  10. Oh man, that sucks! I remember something similar happened to me during nursing school and that feeling I got when I realized all of my work was gone is something I never want to feel again. On the bright side, though, you got it done and turned in on time, in the end it is only one grade, and you got to eat this delicious granola all week! Hope you get to relax for the weekend and let your brain recover...

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  11. Two new tasks on this weekend's to-do list: make a batch of homemade granola, and back up my netbook.

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  12. Just made the granola today. Super tasty! Question though, my turned out to be really oil-y: Should you measure the 1/2 cup of coconut oil before or after it melts? Thanks!

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  16. I love this recipe except the stevia, used it for many yrs until I learned from Paleo Mom that it is a hormone disruptor and boy, are my hormones ever disrupted! So.. How much honey could I use to replace the stevia?

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