I love discovering new products and coming up with different recipes and ways to include them into everyday dishes! This granola actually uses honey with Reishi- which is in fact a type of mushroom! I guess I could have titled this mushroom granola, but I feel that that heading may have been slightly off putting to some of you! I feel that mushrooms are something that’s slightly underrated by most people.. In fact, I know lots of people who really don’t like mushrooms at all. Personally, they’re one of my favourite vegetable (or fungi.. not sure if you would classify them as a vegetable?) and I find that they just work so well In such a wide variety of dishes.
My favourite ways to cook mushrooms are definitely sautéed in garlic with breakfast or added into stir-fries. They’re also so delicious blended into mushroom soup! So, I’ve used a lot of mushrooms in savoury cooking, but never in the powdered form or in any sweet recipes. I’ve been working closely with a wonderful company called Hifas da Terra who specialise in mushroom production and have created an incredible range of mushroom products. You can read more about the company and what they do here. They offer a wide range of nutritional supplements, superfood powders and food products, like the honey that I’ve included I this recipe. I’ve been trialling two of the products from the Reishi page; the Reishi honey and powder and for now I’m going to focus on the honey. I was so excited upon discovering this, as I’ve been absolutely loving using honey in my baking and raw dessert recipes lately and I just think it has such a delicious flavour! I do really like a lot of the natural sweeteners on the market, but I find honey to have the greatest diversity when it comes to flavours; as you can get SO many different varieties, which can taste so different from one another! In terms of this Reishi honey, I think that this is a really innovative way to introduce more people to the Reishi mushrooms, whilst still being able to enjoy something sweet that can be easily incorporated into every day meals and recipes! I think that if you just told someone to put mushrooms or mushroom powder in their breakfast cereal, then you might not have too many takers! I’m always a huge fan of introducing people to knew things and showing how you can so easily incorporate nutritious ingredients into every day life, without having to live off plates of plan salad leaves and superfood powders all day long! I’m not saying that I don’t love salads and superfood powders, but you don’t have to eat just those things or lots of plain, bland foods to nourish your body. – That’s just my view and how I eat at the moment really. Admittedly there have been times when I would live off plain chicken, prawns and courgette noodles with a few berries and bananas for dessert.
You may have guessed from my multiple posts and recipes, that granola is something that I just love to bake at home! It’s super quick and simple, I honestly believe that it’s something that everyone can bake- you really don’t need to be a culinary expert. It’s also one of those recipes where you can pretty much toss in whatever you have lying around in the cupboard (within reason of course haha!) But most of the ingredients are usually really interchangeable, so you can switch out different types of nuts, dried fruit for your favourite things or what you have on hand. It’s also a pretty fab option for meal prep, as it’s really easy to cook up a large batch of the stuff to enjoy for on the go breakfasts and snacks throughout the days ahead.
Okay, so before we get onto the recipe, let me tell you a little bit about the honey and what I think of it etc. So first off, it is quite a strong flavoured honey, but I actually really love the taste! It’s also a raw honey, which is something that I always try and look out for if possible! The Reishi powder sits at the bottom of the jar and you will need to mix this through before using, to insure that it’s distributed throughout the honey. Other than using it to sweeten dishes, their site also recommends using this to help with colds and sore throats. I find that this worked really well in terms of baking the granola recipe and mixed nicely with the coconut oil to coat the other ingredients. It’s not a super thick consistency, but isn’t really runny either.. it sits in the middle of the two- so could be used as a condiment, as well as mixing into baking etc.
- 1 1/2 cup jumbo oats
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp Reishi Honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp ceylon cinnamon
- Pinch of pinch Himalayan pink salt
- Preheat your oven 180c and line a tray with baking paper.
- In a saucepan, gently melt the coconut oil and Reishi honey until completely melted.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir everything together until well combined.
- Pour over the melted honey and coconut oil mixture and stir until all everything is completely coated in the honey mixture.
- Pour this onto the lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for around 16 minutes. Toss half way through to ensure that it doesn't burn.
- Once your granola is a gorgeous golden brown colour and the kitchen smells amazing, allow it to cool then serve and enjoy!