Granola is one of those things, people believe is healthy, but it normally contains a whole lot of sugar, which is a shame because all the other ingredients in itself are good for you. Since granola has to taste sweet I changed the sugar/honey/maple normally used for dates, which makes me confident to say, it now really is a healthy option for breakfast/snacking/… This was the first version I made, and it’s a bit basic. At this right moment I’m baking some other versions with ginger and goji berries, so feel free to change the ingredients to your own taste.
- 4 dates
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup sliced coconut
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 140˚ Celsius.
- Pit dates and combine with water in a small sauce pan. Cook until dates begin to break down and become soft. Stir them so you get a sauce.
- Whisk together the date mixture and melted coconut oil. Combine with oats, coconut, salt, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Stir until oats are coated.
- Pour out onto a covered baking tray and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so until oats are golden.
Note: Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure — they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye. Since those grains do have gluten in them, that cross-contamination makes most oatmeal brands unsafe on the gluten-free diet.