Sometimes I just want a bowl of cereal…
But as I no longer eat grain of any description that means Vanilla Almond Crunch or Mini-Wheats are out of the question.
I saw some recipes for homemade grain free “granola” but there were a lot of ingredients I wasn’t going to bother with like coconut, hemp and chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil, etc.
I have nothing against coconut – I am just not on the coconut oil bandwagon.
And I wasn’t going to process it in a food processor either.
But in reading the various recipes I decided I would invent my own mix. I have to say it is bloody fantastic! Crunchy, nutty, satisfying and with cream you really think you are eating a bowl of “cereal.”
When my sister was here looking after me after my surgery she ate a bowl of it everyday and asked for the recipe.
The amounts are approximate, basically adjust to suit your tastes – use your favourite nuts and seeds, increase/decrease the spices, use other spices, etc. If I buy the nuts in bags, I just toss in the whole bag.
This makes quite a big batch of 4 cups and keeps in the cupboard in a sealed container.
Cinnamon Ginger Nut “Cereal”
Preheat oven to 350F.
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Put all the nuts in a mixing bowl.
- Melt the butter and add to the nuts, stirring very well to coat all the nuts.
- Add the vanilla to the nuts and stir well, making sure that the nuts are all evenly coated.
- Add the cinnamon and ginger and stir really well, making sure that everything looks evenly distributed.
- Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and dump the nut mixture onto it. Spread out evenly on the sheet – ideally the nuts should be in a single layer with gaps.
- Bake at 350F for 5 minutes – then check and stir the nuts. Return to oven as necessary to have the nuts starting to turn golden brown – you can really start to smell them toasting at this point. Keep a close eye on them as it is a very fine line between well toasted and burnt! It will depend on your oven how long it will take to get them where you want them. Taste one to check!
- Once the nuts are as toasted as you prefer, remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet.
- Once the nuts are cool, place in an airtight container to store.
- Eat as is, or add cream or milk of your preference.