We are delighted to share a recipe from one of our most favourite recipe books “YUM” by Dr Theresa Nicassio. YUM is a collection of plant based recipes and contains so many awesome recipe ideas. YUM won the 2015 Canadian title as the best diet book for the public and has been shortlisted as a finalist for 2016 Gourmand International’s Best in the World competition. Dr Cabot loves this book and thinks it is a masterpiece!
If no other recipe in this book transforms your life, this delectable granola will! Once dehydrated and cooled, it can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks — if it lasts that long. Enjoy it as an instant breakfast cereal, a travel snack or as a topper for ice cream or other desserts. You can even pour a little boiling water or warmed non-dairy milk on top for a quick hot cereal that your kids (and everyone else) will love.
Makes 6 cups
4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
2 cups finely diced apples, firmly packed
1 cup unsweetened shredded (or ribbon) coconut
1 cup crumbled nuts (e.g. walnuts, pecans, almonds or Brazil nuts)
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup coconut sugar or favourite dry sweetener, or to taste
¼ cup maple syrup or favourite liquid sweetener
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
½ cup apple pulp* (optional)
Stir together all ingredients until well combined and spread out on 2–3 dehydrator trays or cookie sheets (if drying in the oven). Set the dehydrator to 40°C and allow the granola to dry for 24–48 hours, or until completely crisp.
For the oven method, place the cookie sheets in an oven set to the lowest temperature (usually around 65–75°C) and dry the granola for 2–4 hours, or until completely crisp.
Feel free to experiment with adding to and switching the ingredients in this delicious cereal. Try using not only different nuts and/or seeds, but also different fresh and dried fruit. If you’d like to create a completely raw variation, you can also replace the maple syrup with mashed bananas or puréed mango or persimmons to naturally sweeten and also gently bind the granola together nicely.
*Good way to use the pulp left over after juicing fruit. Chop finely if it is not already pulverised.