I have always loved granola, but stopped buying it as most of the granola in the supermarkets are healthy oats, grains and seeds baked in sugar, palm oil etc. It kind of defeats the point to take healthy superfoods, lather them with cholesterol-laden, processed gunk and bake it.
I was really happy to find this granola recipe which I could modify to my liking. I made this for a family breakfast a few weekends back and everyone loved it. I eat this for breakfast along with my fruit yoghurt. (If you haven’t made my fruit yoghurt yet, you simply must!) I also love it as a snack – just dry – it is so crunchy and delicious!
Ingredients (Makes a large jar full)
- 2.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans/walnuts or any other nut you have on hand
- 0.5 cup almonds
- 0.25 cup flaxseed
- 0.25 cup buckwheat groats
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup raisins
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup if preferred)
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2-3 handsful goji berries
- 2 handsful dried cranberries
- 2 handsful of dried figs (chopped)
- Feel free to add any optional extras of your preference – coconut, dried apricots, cacao nibs etc
Put pecans and almonds into your food processor and pulse a few times until broken into pieces. (You don’t want nut flour! Just big chunks instead of whole nuts.) Pour nuts into a large bowl and add oats, flaxseed, buckwheat, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Mix well. In a small bowl, heat the coconut oil and honey/maple syrup until the coconut oil is liquid so that you can mix the two together. Stir in cinnamon. Drizzle this gorgeous liquid over the nut/seed mixture and mix through thoroughly using your hands. Pour this mixture into a baking tray which has been sprayed with non-stick spray or greased with coconut oil. Bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC until toasted and golden. Check on the nuts every 3-5 minutes and give a good stir to prevent any from burning. You want roasted, fragrant granola – not ashes:) The time in the oven will vary according to your oven, but mine took about 20 minutes in total.
When done to your liking, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then add raisins, berries, dried fruit or any other extras you would like to see in your granola.
This recipe is just a basic guideline – play with the nuts combinations, try maple syrup vs honey, add different extras every time until you find what does it for you:)