Granola is such an easy way to make sure what you eat is clean. You control the ingredients, the quantity, and can make the granola totally your own. Apricot and sesame granola is sweet, crunchy, nutty and processed sugar-free. I only used mashed dried apricots and dates as a binder to make this granola. I usually don’t add any extra dried fruit but this is totally up to you. Just make sure you don’t bake the fruit with the granola. They will burn and turn bitter. Add your fruit to the cooled granola.
Make sure you buy preservative free dried apricots. They are not orange but have more brownish color. The orange color is purely down to the preservative. Naturally dried apricots are much sweeter and more delicious.
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- 3 cups of oats (rolled oats, Scottish porridge oats)
- ½ cup of almonds
- ½ cup of brazil nuts
- ½ cup of sunflower seeds
- ½ cup of pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup of flaxseed or golden linseed
- ¾ cup of sesame seeds
- 1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 12 dried apricots
- 8 dates
- approx 150ml of water
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 cup of raisins or chopped dates or chopped dried apricots to add to the cooled (optional)
- Microwave apricots and dates with water in a partially closed container for 2-3 minutes. You want water to get hot and start softening the fruit. Close the container so the fruit can steam and set aside.
- Add almonds and brazil nuts to food processor and blitz until nuts are chopped into the size you like. I prefer part of the nuts to be in big chunks and rest as nutty rubble.
- Mix oats, blitzed almonds and brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 356 degrees Fahrenheit fan. Prepare 2 trays.
- Mash steamed fruit with the steaming water with a fork, add coconut oil. Fruit should be still warm enough to melt the coconut oil. If not, microwave for few seconds to melt the coconut oil.
- If fruit paste is too thick add some more water. You want a marmalade consistency mixture.
- Pour fruit/oil mixture into the bowl and mix with the dry ingredients until well combined.
- Spread the mixture on 2 trays.
- Bake for approx 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice during the baking to get all the granola crispy.
- Cool the granola completely and add dried chopped fruit if using.
* Don’t bake fruit with the granola. Fruit will burn and turn bitter. Chop them and add them to the cooled granola.
* The crucial part is not to over crispify the granola. When you think the granola is almost done take it out of the oven. Granola will keep getting crisp as it cools. If you take it out when it’s perfect it will be too toasted and dry by the time you get to eat it.
* Sub the mashed fruit mixture for 3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey if you prefer.
* I baked the granola on two trays. You can bake the granola in one deeper dish. Baking time will increase to 35-40 minutes and you will need to stir the granola more often during the baking to make sure all of the mixture is nicely toasted.