Ciara’s Cashew Date Granola

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Okay. I’ve outdone myself. I think I’ve said that before, but you know what? It’s 100% true this time. Well, it was true every other time I said it as well, but this granola literally wins all round. In a burst of recipe inspiration recently, I was having a bit of a bake off with myself, and basically creating a Carrot Cake, Tahini Caramel Squares and as it turned out, a granola! I was reflecting on how much I love Homespun Quinoa Granola, and decided, why not try making one myself? Challenge accepted, boys and girls.

I hope you’re ready for how unbelievably more-ish this granola is. Prepare for it to last about ten seconds in your cupboard!

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Recipe

(Makes 1 big batch – I have NO idea how many servings – it’s willpower dependent!)

Ingredients

  • 150g jumbo oats
  • 75g Cashews
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 6 pitted dates, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil or cacao butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C (fan oven). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl – oats, seeds, cashews, and ginger.
  3. Add the coconut oil or cacao butter, and stir until it’s well mixed in.
  4. Next, add the honey one tablespoon at a time – mix one tablespoon in and then repeat.
  5. Finally, chop the dates and add them to the bowl.
  6. Stir through the mixture once more ensuring all dry ingredients are coated and a little sticky, and then tip the granola onto the baking tray.
  7. When the oven is ready, place the tray in to bake for 10 minutes at 175C, and then remove the tray, and toss the granola a little so it gets evenly browned.
  8. Turn down the oven temperature to 150C, and continue to bake the granola, checking every 5 minutes and tossing it again. I find it takes about 10-15 minutes once you’ve turned the heat to 150C to get the granola fully golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool, and then tuck in!

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Granola. Basically, it’s life. Tag me if you try this one out guys – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara 🙂 x

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