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Gingerbread Teff Granola

Have you heard of teff? It was only just recently that I discovered it and I am hooked!

Teff is a gluten free ancient grain, similar in size to chia seeds, and a fantastic source of iron, zinc, protein and fibre. It tastes delicious and is super versatile in the kitchen...making a great base for anything from salads or curries to granolas, veggie burgers and baked goods.

Since it's the week before Christmas, I thought I'd stay with the theme and make a Christmassy Gingerbread Granola using teff as the star ingredient, because we all know how much I LOVE anything gingerbread. And what a great idea that was!

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This super crunchy granola is perfectly sweet, warming and spicy, super crunchy and the perfect addition to any smoothie bowl, as a cereal or even just as a snack on it's own. It's sweetened with dates, making it completely free of refined sugar and a nutrient-dense, wholesome granola that's packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and plant protein. I got my Teff from Outback Harvest, and it's Australian grown, which I LOVE.

I love making big batches of this granola to have on hand and add to my breakfast and snacks, and it also makes a great Christmas gift for loved ones if you pour some in a mason jar and add a pretty Christmas ribbon!

Don't forget to tag me on Instagram of you give this a try, so I can see and share you Christmassy creations!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pitted dates

  • 1/2 cup teff

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • 1/4 cup goji berries

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a tray with baking paper

  2. Soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes to soften, then drain and blend until smooth to make a date paste

  3. Combine the spices, teff and buckwheat

  4. Stir the date paste through and mix until all the grains are well coated and it forms a crumbly mix

  5. Spread evenly onto your baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, give it a quick stir and bake for another 10 minutes until golden

  6. Allow to cool, then gently mix through the goji berries

Notes:

  • Store this granola in a sealed glass jar or container

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