I have always had a rather hearty sweet tooth…actually, “teeth” would be more accurate. I especially enjoy something sweet in the evenings after dinner. Wishing to avoid excessively sugar-laden treats, I’ll often rely on homemade granola. It satisfies my sweet tooth (teeth), yet it’s still nutrient-dense with lots of vitamins, minerals, plant-based protein and fats and fibre. My boys really enjoy it on its own, I like it with almond milk, and Robb loves it on dairy-free yogurt. Like the vast majority of my recipes, this one is based largely on what I had on-hand, so I encourage you to do the same. Have fun!

Grain-free, soy-free, gluten-free….almost perfect!

Grain-free Granola
2 cups slivered almonds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
1/4 cup white or black chia seeds
1/4 cup golden flax seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil – warmed to liquid
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins or other dried fruit – add after baking

Combine almonds through flax seeds in large bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup and salt. Pour over dry mixture and mix well. Evenly place mixture on parchment-line baking tray. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Watch carefully as it’s easy to overdo. When lightly browned, remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cool, add your favourite dried fruit. Store in air-tight container. Enjoy on its own, with non-dairy or dairy milk, yogurt, fresh fruit…..endless options!