If you're avoiding oats like me and find it hard to get oat free cereals that are not crazy expensive you'll like this recipe. It has a great combination of grains, nuts, seeds and fruit and tastes great. I have it for breakfast with fruit and yoghurt and it makes a great mid morning snack too.
You might look at this collection of ingredients and think I am having a laugh as sometimes they can be hard to acquire so I've added some substitution ideas below. If you don't have or can't get quinoa you can substitute with more nuts and dried fruit. I've used cup measures as it's one recipe that doesn't need exact weights and you can mix and match things you have in your cupboard. This quantity fills 2 regular sized baking trays so will keep you going for a while.
2/3 cup maple syrup (you could also use honey or agave syrup)
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil (you could also use sunflower or vegetable oil)
2 cups whole almonds roughly chopped (if you don't have almonds then any nuts will work; cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts etc or any combination of these just chop them up a bit)
2 cups coconut flaked or desiccated coconut
1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup sunflower seeds (you can also use pumpkin seeds or if you've no seeds them add more nuts or dried fruit)
1 tbsp cocoa powder (you can add another spoon if you fancy an extra chocolaty flavour)
2 cups of dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, sultanas, dates etc or any combination of these)
Preheat the oven to 160C/Fan 150C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
Whisk the maple syrup, vanilla and salt together, add the oil and combine. Fold in the almonds, coconut, quinoa flakes, quinoa, sunflower seeds and cocoa powder until thoroughly coated with the wet mixture. Keep the dried fruit to one side for now.
Transfer mix to the baking trays, spread evenly and press the mix into the tray with a spatula.
Bake in the oven for 10 mins then rotate the trays. Bake for another 10 minutes. If you like your granola extra brown and very crunchy then give it another 5 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and add dried fruit to the mixture while still warm, then leave to cool. The mixture will harden so when you're ready break it into pieces and store into an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.