December 15, 2013

Cacao Nut Flattened Rice Granola

Monday mornings are usually hard on working moms because after a relaxing weekend, you have to drag yourself up for a busy week ahead. Sometimes you wish there was a quick'n'healthy way to fix the breakfast, which is wholesome and convenient at the same time. That is where this granola comes in handy.  This is wholesome, contains multiple sources of good fat (coconut oil, almonds, coconut) which is really essential in your breakfast and contains no refined sugar/oil/flour. This is also naturally gluten free since it is made with beaten rice instead of oats. 

  • Red flattened rice - 2 cups (a.k.a, aval or poha or beaten rice)
  • Puffed rice/puffed kamut - 1 cup (or use more flattened rice) 
  • Virgin coconut oil - 3 Tbs.
  • Raw honey - 1 Tbs (or more if you want a sweet granola)
  • Raw cacao powder - 2 Tbs. 
  • Fresh ginger - 1 tsp (finely grated) 
  • Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp.
  • Himalayan salt - a pinch
  • Raw almonds - 1/2 cup
  • Dried shredded coconut - 1 cup

  • Melt coconut oil and honey over warm water. Add cacao powder, cinnamon, ginger and himalayan salt. 
  • Add the beaten rice and puffed rice/kamut to a bowl, pour the cacao mixture over and mix well with hand. 
  • Add almonds and spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degree toaster oven for 10 minutes stirring/turning once midway thru. 
  • Add shredded coconut and mix well and spread evenly and bake for 3-5 minutes more. 
  • Let it cool completely and store in air tight container. 
  • Serve it as a breakfast cereal with milk/yogurt and sliced fruits or serve it as a snack.

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