Being creative with your Granola
Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Granola is actually really easy to make, you just need to get yourself organised and for the effort you’re better off making up a large batch. It keeps for at least a month in an airtight container so no worries there.
Do not be fooled into thinking that this is such a healthy option. Granola should be consumed as a treat, say at the weekend or now and again. Try to make your own so you know exactly what’s in it as most commercial granolas are very sweet and full of processed sugar.
Heat the oven to 150c - You will need two baking trays lined with non stick baking parchment.
300g Rolled oats (gluten free if preferred)
150g Quinoa flakes (buckwheat if preferred)
80g Pumpkin seeds
80g Sunflower seeds
80g Sesame seeds
250g Mixed nuts - almonds - skins on - Brazils (some halved) - Macadamias - Cashews (large pieces are fine) Pecans - Pistachios
4tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
120g Brown Rice Syrup (or sweetener of choice)
100g Coconut sugar
200g Apple purée (or purée of choice)
2tsp Cinnamon (ground)
1tsp Ginger (ground)
Large pinch of salt
Remember that you could make a seeded granola leaving out the nuts or reducing the nuts and add more seeds. Cheaper and less calorific - your call.
Use two bowls unless you have a very large one. Put all the dry ingredients together and then add the melted coconut oil, brown rice syrup and apple purée and mix everything together thoroughly with a large spoon.
You will need two baking trays lined with non stick baking parchment, add half the granola to each tray. Put in the oven for 30 minutes turning the mixture half way through. Once the granola is lightly golden take out of your oven and leave to cool. Some of the mixture will have clumped together and that’s great.
Dried fruits. You can play about with this a lot, choose the fruits that you enjoy most. You can also add coconut curls to go into your granola and maybe chai seeds or cacao nibs.
Some dried fruit ideas for you. Use about 200g of dried fruit or more if you’d prefer.
Dried cranberries (sweetened in apple juice)
Add the dried fruit once your granola has cooled. Store the granola either in Tupperware or large Kilner jars.