There are times when I go out for breakfast or brunch and I will look wistfully at the pretty bowls of porridge and granola around me and then check the menu hoping that the dish is nut free.
It never is.
Cue the violins.
I have resigned myself to the fact that granola is something I can only really enjoy if I make it at home and make it nut free.
So, that is exactly what I did! And to be honest, making nut free granola myself means I can add all of the stuff I like and don’t need to pick out the stuff I don’t like….
…But speaking of picking stuff out, I need to disclose something here:
Making this nut free granola recipe came with a hefty dose of self-compassion towards myself as it turned out to be another one of my food fails.
This granola ended up being made from whatever quantities of stuff that I had in my cupboard. It was all very ad hoc and in my attempt to do five things at once, I made the mistake of putting the fruit in the oven (which I never do!) and of course, the dried apple burnt and was unsalvageable. FYI: the cranberries survived their roasting, that’s why you can see them in the picture but no apple!
But 15 minutes of picking the burnt apple pieces out and adding some freshly chopped pieces; everything was back on track.
In other words, s*%t happens, you deal with it and move on and still have an awesome granola to show for it at the end.
Nut allergies and granola don’t mix. Which is why I have created a simple nut-free granola recipe.
3 cups oats
¾ cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons flax seed
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup dried cranberries
¾ cup dried apple rings, chopped
- Pre-heat oven to 150˚C (fan-forced) and line a large baking tray with baking paper
- In a big bowl add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the dried fruit and mix really well
- Spread granola out evenly on the baking tray
- Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes (this will depend on your oven), checking every 10 minutes to make sure the edges aren’t burning – I like to stir the granola each time to make sure everything gets golden evenly
- Once golden remove from the oven and stir through dried fruit. Cool and store in an airtight container
Keywords: granola, breakfast food
what are your favourite additions to granola?
Originally published September 2017