A low-cost granola: no overpriced “superfoods”, just cheap, easy available ingredients: oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, cocoa. I used blackstrap molasses as a sweetener to “glue” these different ingredients together. Blackstrap molasses is extracted during the process of sugar production, in which all the beneficial nutrients of the sugar cane are concentrated into the molasses. It tends to be quite cheap, even when it’s organic, because it’s basically a by-product of the refining of sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar. It contains less calories than sugar, 280 kcal per 100 g (against 375 kcal per 100 g for sugar), as well as significant amounts of several minerals (calcium, potassium, iron).
It’s a dark syrup with a pronounced, bitter flavor. Everybody will not be a big fan, but it isn’t that bitter here when associating it with cocoa.
Mix all ingredients together with a fork. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Spray the mix with cooking spray. Bake at low temperature (150 degrees Celsius) about 10 minutes (the granola tends to cook quickly and can easily start burning).
– If you use more molasse, you can form a dough out of it and turn this granola into crunchy biscuits.
– You could add chocolate chips or dried fruits after the granola is baked, but beware of the total amount of added sugar.
Nutrition facts for 30 g of this granola: 136 kcal, 3.8 g protein, 13.3 g carbs, 3.6 sugar, 8.2 g fat, 2.4 g fiber.