Sunday, 23 November 2014

Homemade Granola



 Breakfast is probably one of my favourite meals of the day and I love to experiment, particularly with healthy foods. Smoothies, pancakes, oatmeal, chia pudding.. the list is endless! I use to be such a cereal lover but since becoming a little wiser nutrition wise, I've realised just how full of sugar those innocent looking cardboard boxes are. It can be extremely pricey to pick up cereals that are actually good for you, so why not try whipping something up at home? I love getting busy in the kitchen but for mornings when time just does not permit, it's great to have something healthy in your stash that you can put together in minutes and enjoy.

This recipe is a mix of ones I've seen online but there's really no hard and fast rules. It's extremely customisable, use whatever nuts, dried fruits and seeds you've got hanging around and you enjoy. Same thing goes for spices, if you're not a cinnamon fan you could always experiment with nutmeg or even pumpkin spice- don't be afraid to try something different.

Everything included is super healthy and nutritious. Oats for long-lasting energy, flax seed for all important Omega 3's, pumpkin and sunflower seeds for all kinds of vitamins and minerals, cinnamon for stabilising blood sugar levels, coconut oil for a little healthy fat and agave syrup because it's a much healthier alternative to sugar. I also like to mix up my additions but sultana and almonds are a personal favourite.

I top mine with oat milk, chia seeds and any fresh fruit I've got hanging around, berries are particularly tasty, and you've got a yummy, nutritious breakfast in just a few minutes. Plus this stuff lasts really well in an airtight container.

2 1/2 cups of oats
1 cup almonds
1 cup raisins 
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup flax seeds
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
4 teaspoons of cinnamon (add more or less depending on how much of a cinnamon fan you are)
3 tablespoons agave syrup (you could also use good quality maple syrup)

Start by preheating your oven to 180C and blitzing almonds in a food processor or chopping by hand to make small chunks. Mix together in a large bowl with all the other seeds and oats. Next up time to melt the coconut oil with the agave syrup and cinnamon. You can do this over the stove or simply pop in the microwave for a few seconds. Once all melted, mix through with the dry ingredients you've already prepared. 

Spread the mixture out over a lined baking tray and pop into your preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes. I like to check back every 10 minutes or so to give things a little stir and make sure it's not getting too crispy. Regular stirring will also help minimise the chance of burning the top bits. 

Once it's cooked to your liking remove from the oven, I don't like mine too crunchy so usually only leave it in for about 25 minutes. You can now stir through any dried fruit and once cool, pop into an airtight container to keep fresh. It keeps well for at least 3 weeks, I think that's the longest I've ever managed to keep a batch going for! It really is that yummy!


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12 comments:

  1. mmm looks delish! I tried to make granola once, didnt look as nice as yours though! haha

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  2. Ooh I was looking for a Granola recipe the other day! I'll definitely be making this when I'm home for Christmas :)

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  3. oh yum! my mum makes this all of the time, but i really need to try it myself

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  5. Haha that's a shame! Give it another try, I'm sure it will be great this time x

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  6. Thanks, Lux! x

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  7. Yay! Let me know how you get on, I'm sure you'll love it x

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  8. Definitely a must try! But lucky you've got your Mum to whip up a batch for you x

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  9. Thanks, Sabrina! x

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  10. Ooo yummy! I love making granola, so easy to change things up depending on what's in the cupboard and what you're feeling. I'll have to check out your recipe x

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  11. homemade granola, though not necessarily cheaper, is healthier than most store bought varieties. assuming you go light on the sugar. i like making my own sometimes and my boyfriend makes a good one too!

    Jenn

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