BEST EVER GRANOLA
1 cup (175 g) dates (if dry, soak in warm water until softened, drain) ➔ 1/2 cup (120 mL) tahini ➔ 3 cups (270 g) old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if desired) ➔ 1 cup (140 g) raw mixed nuts (almond and cashew work well), roughly chopped ➔ 1/2 cup (75 g) raisins ➔ 1/4 cup (30 g) dried cranberries ➔ 1/4 cup (35 g) raw sunflower seeds ➔ 1/4 cup (35 g) raw pumpkin seeds ➔ 1/4 cup (15 g) unsweetened shredded coconut ➔ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 150 C / 300 F. Mix dates, tahini and 3 tablespoons (45 mL) water in a food processor and blend until creamy. And all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine. Spread the granola evenly on baking paper and press flat. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown, stopping one or two times to stir and flatten again if needed to prevent burning and to ensure the granola cooks evenly. Let cool and transfer to an airtight container to store. Enjoy with plant-based milk, smoothies, plant-based yogurts or on its own as a snack. TIPS Switch up the varieties of raw nuts, raw seeds, and dried fruit for a different variation. Store in an air-tight container on the counter for up to two weeks.