Wild Orange Granola
Vegetarian. Dairy Free. Vegan. Refined Sugar-Free. Gluten Free.
Dehydrated oranges not only look delicious but taste delicious too. This wild orange, almond and apricot granola, with hints of cacao crunch, is sure to please any orange fan. I use doterra essential oils to flavour my dishes, however feel free to use any food grade oil you have.
Gluten-free option – 2 cups quinoa flakes + 2 cups puffed brown rice
Non-gluten free option – 4 cups of wholegrain or spelt oats
1/2 cup of pepitas
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup of chopped almonds
1/2 cup of flaxseeds
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1 drop of wild orange essence
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp of cardamom
ADD AFTER COOKING:
1/2 cup of dehydrated oranges/blood oranges
1/2 cup of diced apricots
1/2 cup diced dates
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
Optional: 1/2 cup of cacao nibs
Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees.
Melt coconut oil and whisk it with rice syrup, vanilla essence, sea salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and wild orange essence.
Put dates, dehydrated orange, shredded coconut, apricot and cacao nibs into a bowl and place to the side. We are going to add these after the granola has come out of the oven.
Place the flaxseeds, sesame seeds, pepita’s, sunflower seeds, almonds and oats (if non gluten-free) OR quinoa flakes + puffed brown rice (for gluten-free) into a large mixing bowl, pour the coconut oil mixture over the top and mix until the liquid mixture evenly coats the seeds and grains.
Line two baking trays with baking paper and evenly distribute a layer of the granola mix on each tray. Try not to put too much on each tray as it will prevent the granola from getting a nice even golden tan. Pop the granola in a pre-heated oven for 10-20mins. When remaking this recipe in a different oven I found that cooking times varied. So instead of focusing purely on time focus on the colouration of the mix. When the mixture starts to turn golden brown after 5-10mins, give it a good mix to ensure even tanning and to prevent burning then return to the oven for a further 5-10mins Keep an eye on it as you don’t want to over do it.
Once the mixture is golden brown remove it from the oven, let it cool for 10mins on the trays to allow sections to form clusters and then stir through the hemp seeds.
And there you have yourself a zesty wild orange granola.
Serve with your favourite plant-based or dairy milk or on top of choc banana ice-cream.
Store in an airtight container in the pantry.