Is this the best granola ever?!

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This granola makes for the perfect start to your day! Full of essential nutrients, it will keep you feeling full and satisfied! The added cacao gives you a natural energy boost that doesn’t result in a crash a few hours later. Plus, its refined sugar free, unlike many store bought varieties. The combination of the coconut and cacao pairs perfectly with the nuts, seeds and cinnamon, it seriously melts in your mouth!

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Makes approximately 10 servings


2 cups organic rolled oats
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup almonds (chopped roughly)
½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup 100% maple syrup
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup goji berries
¼ tsp. sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 130°C.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except goji berries) in a large bowl until well combined. Spread evenly over two lined baking trays. Bake for 30 minutes, turning half way. Set aside to cool.
  3. Once cooled, add goji berries and serve with unsweetened almond milk and fresh fruit!
  4. Variation: to make gluten-free granola omit rolled oats for coconut flakes or quinoa flakes.
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Melanie Davis
Melanie is a driven creative with a passion for health and fitness. As a trained graphic and textile designer, Melanie specialises in layout and composition, design for web and print media and visual communications. She also enjoys photography and styling. Health and wellbeing has always been an important part of Melanie’s life. She is a dedicated runner, yoga enthusiast and ocean swimmer. Mixing up workouts and including resistance and interval training helps to keep her fit and strong. She also has a passion for nutrition and loves to develop recipes that are free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar.