I have a serious obsession with granola. I just can’t seem get enough of it! Either served with cold milk and fresh fruit, sprinkled on top of thick Greek yoghurt, or just eaten by the handful straight out the jar…I just can’t stop!
The store bought granolas often have way too much sugar packed into them, and a lot also have wheat and other nasties my body just can’t handle! I’ve been meaning to make my own granola for a while now and I finally got around to doing it this weekend…what a way to spend Valentines Day! Haha!!!
Im not saying my granola is sugar free, but this recipe only uses maple syrup, so although it may not be completely healthy it’s a lot better than some of the other refined sugar versions out there. I’ve also packed it out with nuts, seeds, and fruits, so a little portion of this should definitely fill you up until lunch time…either that, or you can dip your hand in the pot for another quick nibble to tie you over!
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Servings: 10 – 15
- 300g oats
- 40g mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- 80g mix of pecans, hazelnuts and almonds (either kept whole or broken into pieces)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 60g sultanas or raisins
- 80g chewy or dried banana chips
- 1-2 tablespoons goji berries
- 30g coconut chips (toasted if you want!)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking parchment
- On a baking tray, evenly distribute the oats and place in the oven to bake for 5 minutes, then shake to ensure even cooking and place back in for another 5 minutes
- Next, add the nuts and seeds and sprinkle over the cinnamon, then bake for a further 5 minutes until toasted
- Whilst that’s baking, in a small saucepan mix together the maple syrup oil, vanilla and salt until melted, and then take off the heat
- Take the oat mix out of the oven and pour over the maple mix and stir so everything is coated evenly
- Place back into the oven and cook for a further 5-10 minutes, dependant on how crispy and toasty you like your granola!
- Take out the oven and let it cool in the pan, sprinkling over your sultanas, banana chips, coconut and goji berries
- Enjoy your granola for breakfast with milk or sprinkled on top of yoghurt with some fresh berries. The granola will stay fresh for up to a month in an airtight jar