Nutty Nutritious Granola Recipe:
Nuts of your choice - We use whole almonds, pine nuts and walnuts… also coconut flakes are lovely for a real coconut flavour.
Seeds of your choice - We use pumpkin seeds, chai seeds and sometimes sesame seeds… however you can use whatever seeds you like.
Dried fruit - I use cranberries, and sometimes raisins.
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2-3 drops of vanilla essence
Pinch of salt (you really only need a pinch!)
Maple syrup - Use as much as you like.
Runny honey - A drizzle to add an extra crunch.
One of the appeals of this recipe is that you don’t need to use measured quantities and it can be adjusted to individual taste. I like to have fun adjusting and changing them whenever I make a batch so its always different and always tasty.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. This includes the whole oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
Now add the coconut oil, vanilla essence and pinch of salt. Break up the coconut oil with your fingers and massage into the dry ingredients. Take your time and enjoy mixing these ingredients, making sure any large lumps of coconut oil have been broken up.
Once all of the ingredients have been mixed, add the maple syrup. Again combine all of the ingredients with your hands ensuring the maple syrup is mixed thoroughly. This is what adds the moist texture.
Once all mixed together lay out onto a baking tray covered with some grease proof paper. Ensure you get a thin and even spread of the mixture for consistent baking.
Once on a baking tray… drizzle over the honey in criss cross lines in one direction and then the other. This is what will add the crispness and ensure you get some nice clusters of granola.
Bake in the over at 140 degrees to cook slowly. It can take between 15-25 minutes depending upon your oven.
Check at 5 minute intervals.
Once baked to your liking remove from the oven and allow to cool. This is very important to ensure the granola has time to dry and crisp up.
Once the granola has cooled break up into clusters in the baking tray and transfer to a sealed container for freshness.
I always serve with natural yoghurt and some fresh fruit. My preferred option is blueberries. Then enjoy!