Pecan & Coconut Granola with Sesame & Dried Figs
You potentially already understood from previous posts that I absolutely, entirely and full-heartedly LOVE granola of any kind! Sweet granola is my daily go-to breakfast, I mean, who would say no to a rich bowl filled with coconut yoghurt and fresh fruits, topped with homemade crunchy granola and peanut butter? Making your own granola is the easiest things on this planet (I don’t know much about making granola on other planets), and it is so diverse; if you have a favourite nut, put it in there. Do you love cacao? A sprinkle of that is allowed too. You don’t only want cacao but also cinnamon? Go for it. Are you a fan of pumpkin seeds and raisins? Be my guest. Do you have a favourite sweeter aka honey, maple syrup, agave, coconut syrup or anything else liquidy? Introduce it to your batch of homemade granola! Today’s recipe is filled with buckwheat, nuts and seeds because I like it extra crunchy. Also, we will add raisins and dried fits to add a chewy texture and make it naturally sweet.
Also, it happens to be fig season so I urge you to go to your local market and buy a batch of big, juicy, purple figs to hide underneath a sprinkle of this lush granola. ♥
have yourself a fig date
Figs are not only delicious and pretty to look at, they are also exceptionally healthy. For example, figs are high in dietary fiber which is great for improving your digestion and preventing sudden cravings. They also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B1 and B2, E and K, potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. Apart from the fact that dried figs are higher in natural sugars than fresh figs, they don’t only keep longer but also enhance their nutritional value. Dried figs are thought to contain compounds that contribute to protecting the heart, support your kidneys and regulate your liver functions as well as lowering blood pressure. Dried figs are exceptionally high in calcium; 100g of dried figs contain a whopping 35mg of it, which is almost as much as we find in a glass of milk! There is also a good amount of antioxidants in either dried or fresh figs, which help to prevent disease by neutralising free radicals in your system. Go get yourself some figs, people!
For this recipe you will need:
2 cups rolled oats (I use the bigger ones)
½ cup buckwheat
⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup pecans, roughly chopped
¼ cup sliced almonds
⅓ cup coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons agave, runny honey or maple syrup
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
½ cup dried coconut shavings (not shredded)
4 dried figs, chopped
½ cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 180°C on fan mode.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, buckwheat, coconut chunks, cinnamon and salt. Give the mix a rough stir.
- In a small pan, melt the coconut oil and along with the agave (or honey/maple syrup), add to the rest.
- Give it all a thorough stir to make sure the liquids are mixed in well. Allow little clusters to form and trust me, we will be grateful for every chunky cluster that ends up in our bowl!
- Line a large baking tray with baking paper and spread the granola evenly across it.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the nuts are crunchy and the oats are golden brown (check every now and then because the coconut shavings tend to burn quickly).
- Once the granola has cooled a little (~10 min), add the chopped figs and raisins.
- Transfer your granola to a jar or other air-tight container to keep fresh and ready to use in the morning.
- Sprinkle this deliciousness on top of your yoghurt, your banana pancakes, your homemade cakes, your chia pudding, your overnight oats, your anything and everything! ♥ omnomnomnom