Macadamia and Honey Ginger Granola

Before the boy and I left for Canada last year, we took a road trip up the east coast of Australia. We went from nearly the lowest point, just outside Melbourne, and didn’t stop until we literally ran out of road to travel on up at the very top of the country in the Daintree.  We hiked and ran hundreds of kilometers, drove thousands more, and lived out of the back of an SUV for 6 weeks with an air mattress and a couple of sleeping bags. We cooked on our “stovemate” (yes they even call their  camping stoves mates), on the side of the highway, in rain storms and through so many heat waves , and ate more fresh mangoes and tropical fruits from roadside stands than I have ever eaten since. I can’t buy mangoes here any more because I’ve been so spoiled by the fresh ones straight off the tree in Australia.

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We were also spoiled by fresh macadamias!  They sold them on the side of the road at farmstands like you would see apples and potatoes sold here, bags full of fresh nuts that you just wanted to sit down and crack open . We didn’t have a nut cracker with us, but after buying a bag, I was so desperate to eat them, I cracked them open by banging on them with rocks on the ground. There were orchards upon orchards of macadamia trees just lined with these beauties, the shells filled with this milky, soft, creamy macadamia.  You can’t compare them to the ones you find in the store, but somehow using them in this granola brings back so many fun Australia memories and makes me giddy with nostalgia. And longing for fresh macadamias.  For now, I’ll just eat the granola.

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Macadamia and Honey Ginger Granola

Crunchy, nutty granola with a hit of ginger and a subtle sweetness. Perfect for breakfast on top of smoothie bowls or straight out of the jar!

Ingredients (3 cups)

  • 2 cups large flake oats
  • 1/3 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 cup golden raisins

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine oats, buckwheat groats, cinnamon, salt and nuts.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat coconut oil and honey until melted and then stir in ginger.
  • Leave on low heat, making sure not to boil and stir often for 10-15 minutes to let ginger infuse into the honey and oil.
  • Remove from heat and pour over oat mixture. Add applesauce and stir until completely combined and oats are fully coated in liquid.
  • Pour oat mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove and flip the granola, baking on the second side for 15 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove from the oven and leave the granola to cool completely. This allows it to clump together and go crunchy.
  • After an hour, break up the granola and store in an airtight container or jar.

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 Grab yourself some oats and macadamias and get this granola into your oven.  You won’t be disappointed regardless of the macadamias!

Link Love

Feeling inspired and grateful this week after reading and seeing some of the stories below. and so happy to share them with you as always.  I love that blogging lets me be part of this community that is constantly blooming with new news and knowledge and inspiration and chocolate recipes.  Chocolate on a Tuesday never hurt any one.  Curl up and have a look at some of the great reads below.  Enjoy!

//Check out this article on 3 Herbs for Fitness Fanatics!

//An inspirational video on body image . . . Why Would you Change?

//How some of the world’s most creative structure their day. Sometimes creativity comes at the strangest of times . . .

//What only your runner friends know.

//We have the choice. On choosing joy every day.

//Superfood popcorn? Yes please.  Loaded with protein, goji berries and chocolate, how could you not?

//Preventing overtraining. How to figure out your running fuel needs to run your best and be your fasted.

//Need a new resource for health inspiration and recipes? Check out One Green Planet!  It’s packed with healthy ideas, creative inspirational posts and lots of recipes like my delicious caramel slice recipe! If you haven’t tried it, definitely give it a go.  One of my fave raw desserts!

//A good read on finding what fulfils you and seeking out your life’s purpose for yourself.

//We made these sweet potato fries this week. Twice. So crispy and a perfect accompaniment to any multitude of dips. Or just by the handful.

And in the theme of showing kindness and gratitude today for all of this week’s love:

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Hope your week is off to a fantastic start and see you tomorrow for a recipe I’ve been dying to share with you for weeks . . .