I LOVE granola! Not the shop bought stuff which is often loaded with unhealthy fats and made up of mostly oats, but homemade delicious healthy stuff packed full of things that you love and nothing that you dont! Making granola is SO easy and so cheap … you will never buy granola again!
I have spent a fair few hours ‘perfecting’ my recipe and although I have a few favourite ways, this is currently number 1
It takes about 2 mins to put together and another 15 or so to bakc. Believe me it is super easy!
40g coconut oil
2tbsp date syrup
200g rolled oats
150g total combination of the following: dessicated coconut, raisins, golden linseeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chopped dried (unsulphured) apricots.
Preheat the oven to Gas 2/130C
Melt the coconut oil and add the date syrup to it, mix well until smooth and combined.
Mix together the dry ingredients in a large-ish bowl and stir in the oil/syrup mixture. Mix well until the dry mixture is nicely coated with the coconut/date syrup. It will look slightly reddish because of the date syrup.
Now spread this mixture out onto a baking tray, don’t pack it down like flapjack, just leave loose and crumb like.
Pop into the oven and bake for 15 mins. Turn the oven off and leave to dry out in the oven for another 15-30mins.
When you take it out, break up the larger chunks and store it in an airtight container where it will last for about 2 weeks (although I doubt you will have any left after a few days!!).
Remember that you can change ingredients around and just add whatever you fancy. Try using some or all of the following: dried apple, dried papaya, dried mango, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries (with a touch of cinnammon for a Christmassy granola!),flaked coconut, flaked almonds, pecans, walnuts, dried banana flakes, maple syrup instead of date syrup (although not as nutritionally beneficial) and whatever else you might have to hand. Let us know any favourite combinations that you have!
Give it a go and then serve with ice cold milk or some greek yoghurt or just as a portable snack!