Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kalamata Fig & Toasted Almond Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan) #DetoxJanuary


If you're doing a post-New-Year-healthy-eating-detox-cleanse-resolution thingie, or you know, whatever you are calling it, breakfast can be hard. It is SO easy to either skip it (a problem in this house), reach for some sugary, carb-y pastry, or fall into a rut. I am guilty of the latter, while others in this household are chronic breakfast-skippers. We're all trying to reform though. 

Granola to the rescue! 

Granola gets a bad rap because the stuff you buy at the grocery store tends to be excessively calorie-dense and basically coated with sugar. Not so of homemade.  This entire recipe is sweetened by only two tablespoons of honey - not even sugar! - plus a tiny bit of cane sugar in the almond butter. It's worth it, I think, but if you are trying to avoid sugar, you can definitely swap the almond butter out for the unsweetened kind. 

Speaking of swapping ingredients out here, you may not be the kind of person who keeps their pantry fully stocked with such quotidien ingredients as Kalamata (I want to go to there) figs. The horror! Just kidding. I'm not either, and I don't know anyone who is. These figs were left over from Christmas cookies and I have been giving them the side eye ever since, wondering what I am going to do with them. I basically created this granola specifically to accommodate these sad/delicious leftover figs. If you can get your hands on some, it's well worth the extra effort to find them, but no need to run around on a wild goose fig chase. Feel free to swap it out for any old kind of dried fig, date, or apricot. (I would recommend cherries too, but we already did that one.)

No matter what kind of "___ and toasted almond" granola this becomes, it's a perfect quick and filling breakfast, snack, half-of-a-yogurt-parfait, or middle-of-the-night-when-I'm-too-hungry-to-fall-asleep nosh. Guaranteed.






12 comments:

  1. YUM! I just made granola a couple weeks ago - love making it but I don't do it nearly enough! Your version looks delicious! Homemade is the way to go :) The addition of figs makes this one so unique!

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  2. I love sprinkling granola on my yogurt in the morning before I head off to school! You definitely hooked me in with the figs. I come from a long line of fig obsessed people. I think it's in my blood to constantly crave a good one!

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  3. I know what you mean. it's so much fun to be creative with and make different version of...but it never lasts as long as you'd like it to!

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  4. Same here, Graham. Figs are such an unappreciated fruit!

    (PS: you'll like this, I think: http://www.buttercreamfanatic.com/2013/08/fig-and-almond-cake.html)

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  5. Cate @ Chez CateyLouJanuary 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    I've never heard of kalamata figs - they are gorgeous! Definitely worth making a recipe around! This granola looks delicious! What a great option for breakfast - I am not a breakfast skipper, but I am guilty of reaching for a pastry a bit too often...

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  6. This granola looks so great! I love the addition of figs.

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  7. Honestly, I had not heard of them either until my mom bought them for some Christmas cookies! I've seen figs that look like these called many things, but honestly, as long as you have figs, life is good right?

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  8. Thanks so much! Figs make everything just a little tastier, don't they?

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  9. Yummy! Granola is one of my favorite snack foods, and you're right that most store-bought brands pack it full of sugar and calories. I'm so glad that I can now refer to your recipe for a healthier homemade version. I've never tried figs in granola but I'm sure it tastes amazing (: Have a great day!

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  10. I'm so glad this recipe will be a good reference for you! I highly recommend the figs, but they can be hard to find and/or expensive. I've made this with raisins and walnuts, with dates and almonds, and it comes out great every time. Feel free to be creative!

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  11. Fig lovers unite! Dried figs are a really unexpected taste and texture in this granola. I think you'll love it!

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  12. Yum! We love dried figs around here (and always have them in the pantry- haha), but I've never thrown them in granola. Great idea! I've also never used almond butter in my granola..very intrigued.

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