Homemade Granola

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OK, is it just me or has anyone else noticed how expensive a packet of granola is at the supermarket these days?! Let alone the amount of added sugar and nasties that go into these store bought products, here is a really quick, healthy and easy recipe that will have you dreaming of breakfast time and save you money at the checkout!

Granola is so versatile; you can literally add/substitute some of the ingredients in this recipe with others that you enjoy such as different nuts, seeds or fruit and spices.

A few health notes before you get stuck into the recipe:

  • Oats are a great breakfast option due to being high in fiber, protein and some great vitamins and minerals such as Manganese (good for bones, skin and blood sugar control), Phosphorus (one of the key nutrients our body utilises to maintain correct pH levels) and Vitamin B1 (a key vitamin aiding the production of energy from carbohydrates and fats as well as playing a critical role in the integrity of brain cells!)
  • I really like sultanas and dried apricots in this recipe but as fruit is high in naturally occurring sugars (and particularly after its dried due to the concentration of sugars once the water is removed during the dehydrating process) I find you really don’t need much more sweetness added. (Side note: I’m on the market for a dehydrator and would love suggestions??)
  • Pair this homemade with love goodness alongside a bowl of natural Greek yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt for a dairy free option), your favourite milk for good ol’ fashioned cereal, or if you’re anything like me dig right in and eat it, as is, for a tasty snack (like popcorn!)

 

HOMEMADE GRANOLA

Servings: 6 (1/2 cup per serve)| Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
2 heaped cups raw, rolled oats (don’t use quick oats)
1/4 cup raw seeds (chia, pepitas, sunflower seeds are all great options)
3/4 cup raw nuts, chopped
1/4 – 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped
1-3 tablespoons raw maple syrup or raw honey (or a sweetener of your choice)
3/4 tsp vanilla or almond extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, mix your wet ingredients. Pour into dry mixture.
3. Mix ingredients together with a wooden spoon (or your hands!) to coat evenly and ensure there are no chunky bits that have stuck together.
4.Spread the mixture on a baking tray in a thin layer and cook in oven for 8-10 minutes, until lightly toasted.
Notes
Store in a airtight container or jar in a cool place for around 2 weeks. You can also keep it in the fridge once its cooled.

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