Vanilla & Figs Almond Granola

This granola has been lately my breakfast obsession whenever I am in a hurry or I can’t be bother to whiz up a smoothie or a bowl of porridge. The flavour combination between the dried figs, One Earth Vanilla Zilla blend and almonds is just to die for. By using dried figs to create a sticky paste you don’t need to add any extra sweetener and you will also get all the goodness from this incredible dried fruit (high in calcium). I personally love adding some coconut chips (extra crunch and flavour) and some goji berries (skin loving antioxidants and a lovely pop of colour, but you can totally leave them out if you don’t have them on hand, the granola will still taste delicious.

My favourite way of serving it is with some coconut yogurt and fresh berries.

Ingredients: Makes a large jar

1 cup of jumbo oats

½ cup of roughly chopped almonds (you can use other nuts too, I just love the combination between almond and figs)

½ cup of pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil

3 tablespoons of One Earth Vanilla Zilla

2 tablespoons of almond butter ( for this recipe you want to use a runny almond butter as it will helps to create a silky consistency)

6-7 dried figs (if your figs are a bit dry make sure to soak them in some warm water for ½ an hour)

To add after the granola has been baking:

½ cup of raw coconut chips

½ cup of goji berries

Start by preheating the oven at 150 degrees Celsius.

Roughly chop the nuts. You can also use a food processor, just make sure they are not turning into flour, you still want to have quite generous size pieces.

In a food processor add the dried figs, almond butter and One Earth Vanilla Zilla. Blitz everything together until you have a smooth paste, similar consistency to a nut butter.

Place the oats, chopped nuts and pumpkin seeds. into a mixing bowl. Add the nutty creamy mixture and mix everything together. Pour over the melted coconut oil and mix again. Give it a good stir until everything is nicely coated.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spread the granola mixture onto the baking tray using a spatula or the back of a spoon. You should have a “flapjack” kind of consistency Bake the granola for 1 hour. Every 15-20 minutes make sure to give the granola a good stir so it will bake evenly. This is very important as it will be prevent the granola from burning. If you like the granola more crumbly

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