R2theB Cooks - Coconutty Granola

 Don't let that sweet little face fool you. He will tip that entire baking tray over his own head if you turn your back for a split second.

Don't let that sweet little face fool you. He will tip that entire baking tray over his own head if you turn your back for a split second.

R2theB was my old username online before I changed it to (the, I hope you all know, very tongue in cheek!) Flynnfluencer, it's Jim's nickname for me, it works well when spoken but made for a very confusing and easily forgotten online handle so I changed it. But I have long had a cooking hashtag on Instagram called #R2theBCooks, I use it as a way to keep the photos easy to find seeing as I have posted so many, so I can revisit and get inspiration for dinner from something I cooked before. Feel free to check it out and if a dish piques your interest, write a comment or DM me, I'll root out a recipe or if it's something I made up myself (often the case, and can never be recreated!) I'll try and share that with you too. With that hashtag in mind, I thought I'd keep the name for recipe posts on here.

My first recipe is one I make ALL the time, and one I made up myself and had the wherewithal to actually write down what I put into it before I forgot (obviously though, it's granola, there's not a huge amount of variation between recipes - what makes this one different is the coconut oil and how crunchy that makes it, this happened by accident as I was trying to make oat bars, I totally screwed it up so smashed it all up and ate it with yoghurt... and so it was that the most delicious granola known to mankind was born unto this earth - no you're not modest). This recipe is quick, super tasty, but what makes it really special is, it's so basic you can get your kid to help make it with minimal intervention (although, if you're like me, your version of minimal intervention is standing right over them, vice grip on their tiny hand going "why. don't. we. do. it. together. darling" through pretend smily gritted teeth knowing you will fucking lose the plot if one single glob of oaty goo goes on your kitchen tiles). Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups oats

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

  • Handful cashews

  • Handful almonds

  • Handful pecans

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or runny honey (if using honey zap in microwave with the coconut oil otherwise it's too dense to spread on the oat mix)

  • Dried fruit (for adding after toasting in oven - I use golden sultanas and dried cranberries)

    METHOD:

  • Mix all ingredients together until everything well coated. Flatten into even layer in baking tray. Bake at 180C for 15 mins. Take out and give a good stir then shake to even mixture out and toast for another 15 mins. Let cool, add dried fruit. Keeps in a container for 1 week.

 It's going into the oven: mammy can start breathing again and begin working on healing our now clearly broken relationship.

It's going into the oven: mammy can start breathing again and begin working on healing our now clearly broken relationship.