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April 12, 2018

Make your own crunch-sprinkle…

..in less than 5 minutes!

I love a bit of crunch in my breakfast bowl and granola used to be my go-to. Over the years I’ve experimented with different DIY blends as well as different store bought granolas and muslies, but of all the different blends I’ve eaten this is hands down my favourite. It’s also the cheapest and fastest one to make so *ding ding* bonus points!

It’s simple. Four ingredients levels of simple!

So let’s make some vegan crunch sprinkle (that’s its name now, I’m powerless to change it).

What you’ll need:
A baking tray (no need to oil or line this is a dry toasting situation)
A griller or oven
A container or jar for storage
An appetite for crunch

Ingredients:
Shredded coconut
Raw Oats
Pepitas
Sunflower seeds

Step 1:
Sprinkle each ingredient onto the tray into rows - I don’t measure, I just pour from the jar onto the tray til they look even!

You can also experiment with changing the balance of ingredients for taste or to get added health benefits 🙂

Need a high protein start? Add more pepitas
Need to treat yo’self to luxury crunch? Add more coconut 
Need to stabilise your blood sugar or cholesterol? Add more oats 
Need to boost your mood? Add more sunflower seeds

Step 2:
Pop it in the oven or under the grill and cook one of two ways: high and fast or low and slow

High and fast:
Preheat your grill on mega-high (250C is my go-to high temp!)
Place tray on the top shelf and keep a close eye on it - things can go from delightful to disasterous very quickly on the fast track!!
Give things a stir around after about a minute - watch the colour of the coconut, you want light to mid brown - it gets more bitter the darker it gets
When I toast using this method it takes around 2 minutes

Low and slow:
I use this method when I make the granola while preheating the oven for another meal. The timing changes depending on the temperature of the oven so I let my nose tell me when it’s time to check on things.
Turn oven onto 160-180C or whatever temperature you’re preheating to 
Place tray onto the middle shelf of the oven immediately - don’t wait to preheat
When you first start to smell things getting toasty and delicious open the oven and give things a stir
Again, use the the colour of the coconut as a guide to how close to finished it is - light to mid brown is the goal

Step 3:
Once toasted, remove from oven and let cool on the tray for a few minutes

Step 4:
Mix it all up and pour it off into an airtight jar or container

Step 5:
Use as a crunch sprinkle over smoothie bowls, mashed banana or plant-based yoghurt or the winning combination of all three!

Storage:
Store in the pantry. It should keep for several months in an airtight container or jar, but I’ve never kept any for that long because I sprinkle this on a banana almost every day for breakfast!

Enjoy!

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