Clustered salted caramel granola

Gluten + Refined Sugar + Dairy Free | Plant Based

I'm a big fan of granola + I'm an even bigger fan of caramel so I've decided to combine the two!  Perfect for a crunch addition to your latest smoothie bowl or ideal for a berry, granola + coconut yoghurt mixture.

Ingredients | 

3 cups rolled oats, gluten-free if you’d like

1 cup buckwheat

1 ½ cups coconut flakes

1 cup nuts/seeds of your choice, I used a mix of hazel nuts, cashews, almonds + sunflower seeds.

¼ cup chia seeds

½ tsp sea salt, my fav is Maldon salt

1/3 cup rice malt syrup or pure maple syrup

1/2 cup dates, soaked for 15 mins or so in boiling water

1/2 cup dates, chopped (not soaked)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup cacao butter

2 tsp. vanilla extract, I like Heilala Vanilla

1/4 cup water

Optional, ¼ cup / 35g coconut sugar, if you like it on the sweeter side



Grain Free? |

This can totally be made grain free, it just won't be as clustered.  Simply swap out the 3 cups of oats + 1 cup of buckwheat + make it a total of 5 cups of your fav nuts/seeds.  I do recommend though adding the sesame seeds in after cooking as I've found they can sometimes burn.

Method |

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F

  2. In a large bowl combine oats, buckwheat, chia seeds + (optional) coconut sugar. Roughly chop nuts + add them to the mix.

  3. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt Pams cacao butter + coconut oil.
  4. While this is melting, pop the dates + water in a blender until smooth then add to the saucepan along with the rice malt/maple syrup, vanilla + salt. Whisk mixture until smooth.
  5. Pour liquid ingredients over dry + fold together until they’re evenly coated.
  6. Spread mixture out in an even layer on a baking tray (baking paper optional, I didn’t use any). Then take a bag, I use a plastic bag from my lettuce and press down so that the mixture is compact.  
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, flip/break up granola into large chunks + place back in oven to bake for another 10 minutes, maybe less or more. You want it golden, it will harden as it cools.
  8. Once cool, sprinkle the sesame seeds, chopped dates + coconut flakes over the granola.
  9. Save in a jar, although I’m sure it won’t last long. 

If you have an questions or comments, pop them below - I’d love to hear form you.  AL XO