homemade granola

The best thing about this recipe is that it is super versatile. Once you have your basics (oats, coconut oil) you can start experimenting. Add honey or maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth, nuts and seeds for the crunchiness, cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg to tickle your taste buds and dried fruit for the surprise. You can make it in a big batch and it lasts for a couple weeks. Store it in a container in a cool and dry place. 

If you are bored of the taste and consistency of plain oats or porridge, but you do not want to spend much money on store bought granola (and avoid the hidden sugar) homemade baked granola is the perfect alternative. I use whatever I can find in the pantry! 


 

This granola is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It keeps you full for a while and combined with fresh fruit, yogurt or milk a well-balanced meal. It is perfect for when you are in a hurry but still want a healthy filling breakfast.

If you want to make a GLUTEN FREE version, use either gluten free oats or buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, millet. 

 

Combinations:

Nuts/Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, hazelnuts, poppy seed

Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, lemon zest, orange zest, ground ginger, gloves, turmeric, vanilla, cocoa powder

Dried Fruits: Dates,Cranberries, Goji berries, figs, prunes, apricots, blueberries, sour cherries (they easily burn - I recommend to add them to the granola after baking) 

Natural Sweetener:  Mashed bananas, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, rice syrup, coconut sugar, cocoa nibs    

 

granola

400g plain oats

30g pumpkin seeds

30g sunflower seeds

30g chia seeds

2 overripe bananas

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tsp cinnamon

8 dates, chopped

Preheat oven to 180C

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl

Mash Bananas, add oil and maple syrup and stir until combined

Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until well mixed

Spread out on baking tray

Bake for around 15-20min until golden and crunchy (stir 1-2 times )


 

The recipe below is only my version of it. As I said you can combine any ingredients according to your taste. :) 

have a great Sunday! 

xx JZ