This granola dust is a bit of a departure from the original Jamie Oliver version because there’s no oats in sight. He originally developed his recipe as a super food replacement for sugar laden cereals, and a good start to the day. I don’t know if you’ve been caught up in the granola dust craze yet but there’s a lot of reasons this is a fantastic idea, and you should make some immediately!
I used coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in my version making it completely grain free. And since I used different ingredients, I’ll just say that my recipe is more of a ‘granola dust method’ than actual dust. You see when you use nuts and coconut the end product comes out much moister – sort of like a crumbling energy bar if you will.
It’s fantastic with yogurt to add a bit of protein to the mix or with almond milk, and of course topped off with seasonal fruit. The original recipe adds cocoa powder in for flavor, but I was more of a Cinnamon Life cereal girl myself back in the day, so I added Vietnamese cinnamon instead.
I made a lot of granola dust while recipe testing and I’ve been keeping it in the fridge and some in the freezer to make sure it keeps for awhile, (you don’t want the oils from the nuts to go rancid – kinda defeats the purpose of healthy).
I did pictures of 2 different version to inspire you to eat this year round. I don’t know about you… but when I see something with winter/summer fruits or veggies, I think ‘I guess I’ll pin that for next season’. But granola dust is year round, and the fruit topping of choice is all about what’s in season! Even though we’re a little ways from berry season yet, it was fun to get some for this recipe. Maybe it’s just enough summer to keep me going through these last weeks of winter.
You can use whatever mixture of coconut, nuts, and seeds that works with your diet.
They get lightly toasted and then set aside to cool.
I used a mixture of dates and dried figs for my dried fruit, and because they’re sweet the granola dust came out perfectly sweetened without any kind of sugar at all.
To make granola dust you add your mixture of toasted nuts along with some chopped dried fruit into a food processor and…
… less than a minute later you have a lot of breakfast cereal!
Since I made quite a bit of granola dust over the last little while, I haven’t tested out any other flavor combinations, but that’s going to be fun to experiment when I finally get to the bottom of all my batches! I most excited about taking this along on our overnight hiking excursions in Glacier National Park this summer. I’m always looking for super easy recipes that travel well, and this one is going down as the official breakfast of the year!
- 3 cups pecans, 12 ounces
- 3 cups unsweetened big flake coconut, 6 ounces
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds, 5 ounces
- 2 cups almonds, 9 ounces
- 10 ounces total dried fruit, I used 5 dried figs and 8 Medjool dates
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 2 Teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon
- Yogurt or almond milk and fresh fruit
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF, and place the nuts, seeds, and coconut on a baking sheet.
- Bake the mixture for 10 minutes stirring once. Turn the heat off, open the oven door and stir the mixture again before putting it back in the slightly cooled off oven to sit for another 10 minutes. This helps everything to toast more evenly without burning.
- Cool the mixture completely before processing.
- When the toasted nuts are cooled, place ½ of them in a 12 cup food processor. Cut any stems off the figs and cut them into quarters. Pit the dates and quarter them too before adding half of the dried fruit to the food processor. Add the half the orange zest and cinnamon before processing for about 30-45 seconds or until the mixture starts to clump and is finely textured. Repeat with the other half of the ingredients.
- Place the granola dust into airtight containers and refrigerate for 1-2 weeks or freeze for 1 month.
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