This dish is your answer to good cholesterol health. Oats contains beta-glucan, a specific type of fibre that has beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. They are also uniquely endowed with avenanthramides, antioxidant compounds that help to prevent LDL cholesterol from being damaged by free radicals, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular illness. Phytosterols which lower cholesterol levels are potent in this dish as sesame seeds have the highest phytosterol content amongst nuts and seeds. Not to be outdone, cashew nuts contain high levels of good fat and no cholesterol, making it an indulgence one can get easily addicted to.
- 4½ cups oats
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup cashew nuts
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup palm sugar syrup
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup water
- 3 teaspoons white sesame seeds
- 1 cup black raisins
- Fill a large mixing bowl with the oats, shredded coconut and cashew nuts.
- Combine flour and cinnamon together.
- Toss the oat mixture into the cinnamon-flavoured flour.
- Stir in palm sugar syrup.
- Use both hands to knead and bind all the ingredients together.
- Slowly add in coconut oil and water. Continue kneading.
- Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking tray. Take care not to press down too hard or create too thin a layer.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 150°c for 45 minutes.
- Turn mixture over every 20 minutes to keep it from burning.
- When baked, take the tray out of the oven and leave the granola to cool.
- Break the granola into bite-sized clusters.
- Add raisins to the granola just before serving.
- Keep leftover granola in an airtight jar. It will stay fresh for two weeks.