I was itching to bake but didn’t have any type of flour, so I decided to go with a staple I always have, a nutritious whole-grain — oats! Love the versatility of this grain and it’s a great option if you are wheat-free.
My husband had just bought some coconut sugar (palm sugar) on a whim from the Thai market in our neighborhood (he was curious) and my kitchen is well stocked with delicious and nutritious coconut: coconut oil, coconut meat, and unsweetened coconut flakes. So it turned out to be a coconut sweetened treat, with a 6-pointed twist. I only had a bit of cinnamon spice left, so I turned to my spice cabinet and found – star anise (in powdered form).
Star anise, my star ingredient, comes from a star-shaped seed pod of an evergreen tree grown in southwestern China and Japan. It’s distinctive liquorice taste adds a pleasant sweet flavor to food. However, is commonly used in more savory-type dishes including eggs simmered in black tea and Indian curries. A digestive aid, star anise may help cure colic in babies. An extract of this seed, Shikimic Acid, is one of the chief ingredient sin the antiviral Tamiflu drug used to fight influenza. This spice can be found in both seed pod and powdered form.
Nut-free Granola with coconut, cinnamon and star anise:
Recipe: (Makes 8 servings)
2 cups oats
1/3 cup palm sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup of coconut flakes (unsweetened)
a pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp of star anise
Melt coconut oil and mix in sugar and spices. In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients: oats, palm sugar, coconut flakes. Thoroughly mix wet and dry ingredients until oats well coated. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Toss with a spatula. Turn oven off and leave for about hour in the heated oven. Remove when lightly toasted brown and let cool.
Cal 150, Fat 8g, Chol 0mg, Sodium 35mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 10g, Protein 2g
Enjoy! I like adding 1-2 tablespoons to my favorite yogurt.
My treat would be using this granola topping on one of the many new flavors of Chobani. I had just received a wonderful bounty via postmaster (on dry ice) the other day. What a yummy treat!! I can’t wait to explore all the delicious new flavors/products. In fact, Chobani is one of my picks (better choices for a healthier lifestyle):