alanna brown nutritionist


My name is Alanna. I am a Nutritionist, Recipe Developer and Food Stylist based in Melbourne.

On my blog I like to share healthy recipes and nutrition tips. 

Businesses can contact me for nutrition consultations, recipe development and workshops.

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Orange and Cinnamon Spiced Granola with Cacao

Orange and Cinnamon Spiced Granola with Cacao

This homemade granola recipe can be easily adjusted to fit in with a gluten free or FODMAP friendly diet. I have filled this heavenly creation with healthy fats,  dietary fibre and the antioxidant power of cacao nibs!

A delicious breakfast when enjoyed with fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt but also lovely as a topping for desserts - apple crumble anyone?? Wrap in cute little jars and they make a great gift for your foodie friends and family!

I like to support Aussie businesses and ethical products at every chance I get! I believe this is essential for creating a strong and sustainable food system! In case you were wondering my nibs are from a lovely Melbourne based business called The Grove, which sources their nibs fair trade from the amazon basin in Peru - "Cultivated by a small group of farmers whose ancestors have farmed cacao for thousands of years..." what is not to love?! 

Orange and Cinnamon Spiced Granola with Cacao


  • 1 teaspoon of fresh orange zest (wash your fresh orange first!)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats (if you cannot eat oats mix through some puffed buckwheat or quinoa with the dates, after the granola has cooled)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup  raw almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dried pitted dates, chopped into small pieces (leave out if following low FODMAP)
  • 2 tablespoons The Grove Organic Cacao Nibs


  1. Preheat the oven to 160˚C (180 degrees fan-forced).
  2. Mix the orange zest, cinnamon, oats, coconut flakes, nuts and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the honey/maple syrup and olive oil and stir until well coated.
  4. Line large tray with baking paper spread the mix evenly across. Bake for 20 minutes and then toss or stir with a spatula and bake for another 25 minutes.
  5. By now your house will smell amazing! Wait until it cools then add the dates and cacao nibs and stir through! Pop into an airtight container!

(1 serving size = 1/4 cup)

Should keep for about 2 months in an airtight container kept cool and dry in your pantry.


Lana xx



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