October 06, 2011

Sugar-free coconut granola


Hi friends!

Thank you all for the feedback regarding my little sugar-free trial diet. My first week of strictly no sugar (including fruit, honey, agave, coconut sugar, etc.) is going really well and although I feel more conscious about what I eat, I don't feel like I'm missing or craving anything. I suppose the change hasn't been too radical for me, as the only change I've had to make on a daily basis is to give up fruit. Instead, I've now been embracing the spring greens, including rhubarb, spinach, celery, asparagus and avocados, and enjoyed spiced herbal teas with a healthy dash of full-cream organic milk. What is there to miss when I can have all this??

For some people, going sugar-free might feel like an overwhelming thought. Taste is a funny thing, however, and we can greatly affect it by getting those taste buds used to new flavours and a new diet. Once you get used to having no sugar in your diet, you'll realise that some things you used to eat actually taste very sweet - even fruit! The excuse of "having a sweet tooth" is merely a consequence of you feeding that "tooth" with sugar and the more you feed it, the more it'll crave it. Cutting all sugar out for at least a couple of months will adjust those taste buds and chances are you'll never go back to eating as much sugar again.

This delicious coconut granola is another new favourite of mine. Natural coconut flakes combined with almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and spiced with ground cinnamon and roasted wattleseed - it's a combination that requires zero added sweetness. A good quality coconut oil is a must. I like this brand and have been using it for my skin as well.

I hope I've been able to inspire at least some of you to join me on my sugar-free experiment! I'd love to hear from you!


Coconut granola
(recipe inspired by Sarah Wilson)

100g natural coconut flakes
100g walnuts
30g almonds
30g chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground, roasted wattleseed (optional if you can't find it)
30g coconut oil

1. Preheat oven to 120C and line a baking tray with baking paper. 

2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and spread the mixture evenly on to the baking sheet. 

3. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn everything around with a spatula. Continue to bake for a further 10 minutes or until just golden. Cool on a wire rack immediately and store in an air-tight jar in the fridge for 3-5 days. Serve with a healthy dash of full-cream organic milk, home-made brown rice milk, nut milk or coconut milk.

Buy Sarah's Book "I Quit Sugar" : Here
 

38 comments:

  1. That looks lovely, what a great way to kick start the morning!

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  2. i've not had wattle seed in my life (sad i know) but it sure looks like a great addition to the granola!

    and thanks for the link to the website where you get the coconut oil, I've been looking all over for coconut oil and flour! Just wondering though, is there any brick&mortar store in sydney that you can get coconut flour from?

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  3. I just love your photos Maria - this looks divine.

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  4. Yum! Beautiful as always. I've never tried wattleseed. Nahji from Miss Chu used it in last nights episode of Poh's kitchen. I must try it.

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  5. I love the fact that this granola is sugar-free. I'd have problems going totally sugar-free, so kudos to you. That granola looks really scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. This granola has an amazing flavour combo - I love the chocolately coffeeness of wattleseeds here!

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  7. We are definitely trying to cut down on our sugar, and have always been conscious of refined sugar.

    You absolutely have a point when you say that some things taste "too sweet" once you've made the switch. I can't really eat commercial cakes or pastries anymore, because I find they ONLY taste like sugar. Apple cake? Blueberry muffin? All I can taste is sweet.

    It's not such a curse though - it just inspires us to do more baking, right? :) Glad your dietary change is going so well.

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  8. What an interesting granola! I love the flavor of coconut so I'm sure I wouldn't even miss the sugar in this!

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  9. You are my hero, Maria - I don't think I can avoid sugar for that long. Your granola looks so good! Beautifully golden - I love coconut!

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  10. Too good looks awesome, gonna make it for sure and will let you know.

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  11. I been pondering that question to myself. Do I want to give a try to a healthier lifestyle totally skipping sugar for a month?. Honestly, I haven´t found the strength :( but recipes and more importantly testimonies like yours are making me feel closer to the idea.

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  12. Looks delicious! And sugar free is even better! My tastes changed drastically after living in Europe (France and Italy) for so many years but it took me a long time to realize it. When I go back to the US there are very few processed or packaged foods I can eat - from yogurt to cereal to cookies - because they are simply way too sweet. Even the same brands and products sold in Europe have less sugar added. Your granola is a great recipe!

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  13. Your sugar free diet sounds really interesting to me! After reading this post I feel like I eat a TON of sugar. I am quite tempted to try something like this at-least for a week to see what it can result in! I feel I will not be able to do it but I might surprise myself!

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  14. Yum! I've been experimenting with my wattleseed a little - I had it in pavlova the other day, which was lovely and reminded me of Oz :)

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  15. I love low sugar recipes, as I find too much sugar = rapid weight gain for me, so I limit the amounts I consume. This looks like a perfect addition to a bowl of yoghurt and raspberries.

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  16. That looks absolutely divine! The sweetest thing I eat regularly is one piece of fruit per day. Unfortunately people with poor health and overwhelming fatigue, as well as people going thorough intense emotional stress often feel they cannot survive without sugar!

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  17. This looks like a bowl of toasted deliciousness! I love those golden coconut flakes.

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  18. All of last week I did one week of sugar free hehe.. actually it's not as hard as it seems, cutting out sugar. I ate lots of vegies instead, same as you and protein and veg for dinner. For me though, I do like to enjoy some sugar so I kindly let it back into my life :)

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  19. It looks & sounds fantastic just as it is. I have never had wattleseed but keen to give it a go :)

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  20. I agree with you that it is all a matter of habit; since i try not to salt too much, I am very sensitive to salt in cheese and cold cuts and can't eat too much of these foods, the same goes true for sugar. Love this granola you made.

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  21. Mmmm The granola looks so good! And coconut? That's like one of my favoritest things ever!

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  22. I've just discovered your blog - and I'm so glad I did! Your photos and recipes are stunning and so inspiring. I'm always trying to come up with ways to make baked goods and desserts a bit healthier without compromising on taste, and just looking at your recipe index has made me very happy. I'm a big granola fan but would never have considered it without any sugar at all - I like sugar-free cereals but usually add some fried fruit for sweetness. Might have to try this though as it looks wonderful.

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  23. I have never tought of going sugar free --I think I need some ready to consume energy for my studying and daily activities. But I never eat so much sugar anyway, on,y fruit and a glass of red wine, some honey in yogurt from time to time, that's it really. Maybe I can try in the future and see how it goes...wish I had your persistence! I love the idea of this granola and will try to find coconut flakes!

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  24. Great stuff! Can't wait to try this. I'm always happy to learn new sugar-free recipes. I'm constantly inventing my own as I've been on a sugar-free diet for three years and going strong :) This gave me nice ideas. Kiitos!

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  25. Looks delicious and would make for a lovely topping for fruit crumble

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  26. i love coconut flakes, but they rarely seem to be a component of store-bought granola. ah, the list of advantages of making your own at home continues to grow! :)

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  27. I think the hardest "sweet" to give up for me would be fruit, as well. I'm keen to know what sorts of results you see from this from a health and lifestyle POV. Definitely agree on the adjustment of tastebuds or re-setting, as I like to call it. I've not had any poultry or meat since March and I don't crave either at all!

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  28. Looks really yum! I can't seem to find organic coconut flakes anywhere in Brisbane, and the online varieties are far too expensive. Could the flakes be substituted fir shredded coconut? (no sugar added)

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  29. Thank you!

    You could try it with shredded coconut, just not sure how the texture will be like. Also, Honest to Goodness has an online store with very reasonable prices.

    www.goodness.com.au/

    Maria
    x

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  30. I made this last night. It smells delicious, but I had it with milk and it was a funny texture to get used to. I think I'll have it with yoghurt tomorrow. Where do you buy wattleseed from, and what taste does it have?

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  31. Hi Vee,

    Wattleseed is a native Australian spice, so it might be difficult to find outside Australia. It has almost a coffee-like flavour. If you're interested in giving it a go, you could try ordering it online.

    Thanks!

    Maria
    x

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  32. I didn't know that people give up fruit when on a sugar free diet. It's great that you're able to do that but I absolutely hate all vegetables (other than potatoes and corn, which don't really count) so I rely on lots of fruit to help me get my vitamins. Anyway, your coconut granola is gorgeous. :)

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  33. everything i love is in here!

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  34. i've been off sugar for 9 days now. first 2 days were really hard and i had massive headaches. i feel fantastic now and my stomach looks and feels great too x

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  35. this looks sooo delicious! how can i get this recipe in (cups, tsp, tbsp) version?

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    1. Thank you! Please try a conversion website for measurements in cups.

      Maria

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