Homemade Granola

At the weekend I heard from someone that this week is breakfast week! I’ve never heard of it before but it’s basically a week long campaign to highlight the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

So with that in mind I decided to make up one of my favourite breakfasts, granola! I find it can be hard to buy a good one as so many are now full of refined sugars and flavourings so it can be difficult to tell how healthy it actually is. So why not make up your own! It’s really easy to make and it’s good for you. Oh and most importantly it tastes great!

Ingredients

2 cups of jumbo oats

1/2 cup each of almonds and pecans

1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

1 and a 1/2 cups of mixed dried fruit – raisins, cranberries, dates, goji berries, apricots

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1/4 cup of coconut oil

The best thing about granola is that you can add whatever you like to it. The nuts, seeds and fruit I have used here are just my own choice, you can of course change it to your taste.

Instructions

Firstly, preheat the oven to 170 oc then melt the coconut oil in a pan over a low heat until it is completely melted. In a large mixing bowl, add the coconut oil and maple syrup before mixing in the oats, almonds, pecans and seeds.

Once this has all been mixed together place it in a baking tray, flatting it down with the back of a wooden spoon until it is evenly spread.  This should now be baked in the oven for 15 minutes.

I haven’t added the fruit just yet because if it was baked from the beginning it would go really hard and chewy. The best way is to bake it for 15 minutes, take it out and give it a stir, then mix in the dried fruit before baking for a further 5 minutes.

When it is ready allow it to cool for around half and hour to an hour and place it in an airtight container. The granola will last up to 4 weeks … that’s if you haven’t eaten it all by then!

And that’s that! An easy breakfast you could make up on a Sunday and your sorted for the rest of the week!

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