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Lucid Granola

“The best granola ever”

When we flew back from the UK recently we were in need of a very early breakfast. I love Pret and was really happy to see one at the airport. As it was so early, I didn’t fancy anything too substantial to eat, therefore went for the Five¬†Berry Bowl.

I enjoyed it so much that I decided to make some granola when we were back home.

Digging through my excessive pile of cook books, I liked the sound of “The Best Granola Ever” in Louise Shafia’s Lucid Food¬†(such a pretty book, btw).

I adapted the recipe slightly and we both agree that this really is the best granola ever! Although I’m tempted to try this one too. Or this one.

The Best Granola Ever
- we made double the recipe and this lasts us at least 2 weeks if we eat it every day for breakfast.

2 cups nuts (we use hazlenuts and walnuts) coarsely chopped
2 cups rolled oats
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon four spice
6 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave, or honey)
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon (homemade) vanilla extract (mine still tastes like rum…)
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, coarsely chopped (we have also tried 1/3 sultanas, yummy too)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 tablespoons cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 170deg

Combine all ingredients up to and including vanilla in a large bowl, reserving one tablespoon olive oil. Stir so that everything is nicely coated.

Spread mixture on a baking tray and place in oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. By this point the granola should feel almost dry.

Add the apricots and remaining olive oil, stir and return to the oven for 5 minutes.

Add the coconut flakes, stir and return to the oven for 2 minutes.

Remove from the oven and stir through the cacao nibs.

Cool before serving. Best enjoyed with yoghurt and fruit in the morning :)

Would make a pretty gift for someone too…

Breakfast granola