Recipe: Homemade Granola

I feel like I spend my whole life striving to be healthy and eat well, and then end up eating crisps and chocolate and bread like they’re going out of fashion. Being a good cook and knowing my way around the kitchen means that when I am in the mood for something healthy and nutritious, it’s more than likely that I’ll be able to whip something up pretty quick.

One of the easiest things I’m able to make, and one that will last for a long time, is easy to make, homemade granola. I have granola at any time of day and it’s the perfect little pick me up to get me going in the morning or to give me a boost late afternoon.

It lasts for so long as well, I make it in a big batch and keep in stored in a cool, dry place, meaning it will stay good for at least two weeks. I based my recipe on a few different versions and just mixed and matched them until I found one that ended up being really, truly perfect. It’s way more healthy than store-bought thanks to the reduction in sugar and preservatives and additives and it’s so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before!

So, without further ado, here is my homemade granola recipe in all its glory.

Ingredients:

old-fashioned oats – these keep their shape and are the best thing to use to keep the body of the granola.

Nuts/seeds – pecans and pumpkin seeds are super tasty while walnuts are rich in omega 3. Other good options are almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds.

Healthy fats – you need to put some form of fat in the granola to make it crispy and crunchy. I always use coconut oil.

NAtural sweetener – maple syrup or honey is top of my list

Salt and spice – don’t add too much salt, but using a little can help bring the flavours out, and cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin spice help to make the flavours irresistible.

Dried fruit – these will give the granola a pleasant chewy aspect to them. Pretty much any can be thrown in but I like to use sherries, cranberries and apricots.

Optional – for a guilty addition add some chocolate chips after the mix has dried or coconut flakes for a tropical zest.

Method:

  1. Set the oven to 200 degrees celsiusĀ and line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the oats, nuts, seeds, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and stir it to blend
  3. Pour in the oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix it really well until all the dry mix is lightly coated.
  4. Pour the granola into the pan and spread it evenly.
  5. Bake until golden and stir it halfway. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look crispy, it will do so as it cools.
  6. When it is cooled completely, break it up and stir in the dried fruit and any of your optionals.
  7. Make sure you store it in a sealed container somewhere dry.

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