Pumpkin, Cacao & Cinnamon Paleo Granola

          Pumpkin & Cacao Granola

          This gut-healing recipe is taken from British nutritionist and chef Christine Bailey's book The Gut Health Diet Plan: Recipes To Improve Digestive Health And Boost Well­being. We love the combination of Super-Cacao and pumpkin - a great way to sneak vegetables into a chocolatey breakfast! 

          "Coconut and nuts form the base of this tasty grain-free granola with puréed pumpkin. If you use tinned pumpkin, check that it doesn’t contain sweeteners or sugars. We also like to add a spoonful of raw cacao powder for chocolatey goodness, plus baobab for its vitamin C content which is fabulous for adrenal health" - Christine Bailey. 

          Makes 12 servings


          1 tbsp Aduna Super-Cacao Powder
          2 tsp Aduna Baobab Powder 
          55g coconut flakes
          120g ground almonds
          100g flaked almonds
          60g walnuts, chopped
          120g cup pumpkin seeds (or mixed sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds)
          2 tbsp ground flaxseed
          125g pecan nuts, chopped
          100g tinned pumpkin purée (or steamed/baked and puréed pumpkin) 
          60g coconut oil, melted
          2 tbsp maple syrup (or yacon syrup, coconut syrup, honey) 
          1 tbsp vanilla extract
          a pinch of sea salt
          2 tsp ground cinnamon


          Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Put the coconut flakes in a large bowl and add the almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed and pecans. Mix well.

          Put the pumpkin into a blender or food processor and add the coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and superfood powders. Blend to combine.

          Pour the pumpkin mixture over the nut mixture and stir, using a wooden spoon, until thoroughly coated.

          Spread the granola in a thin layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Leave to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


          Recipe by Christine Bailey

            The Gut Health Diet Plan: Recipes To Improve Digestive Health And Boost Well­being. By Christine Bailey, Nourish Books. May 2016. ISBN-10: 1848997337.

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