I love a decadent granola, a little bit of lush treat that is on the wholesome side, but those tiny designer bags with their designer price tags just don't work for me. Then I discovered just how simple it is to whip some up myself and have it on hand in the pantry for whenever the children want to graze on something sweet and crunchy (and it disappears by the handful) or when I want a special yet healthy breakfast I have it under yogurt and fruit. Delicious
And, of course, the bonus of making it yourself is you get to load it with your own favourite nuts and fruit (and you can go organic and local if you wish).
3 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of wholewheat flour
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
Handful of crushed nuts of your choice (almonds, pistachio, brazil for example)
Handful of seeds (sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste (so about a teaspoon of each)
Sprinkling of sea salt
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of manuka honey (or maple syrup but I am in the land of manuka honey)
This recipe is super easy. First mix all your dry ingredients together.
Melt honey and coconut oil (I melt in a bowl over boiling water).
Mix into the dry ingredients until they are all incorporated.
Layout the mixture onto a tray (I like to use a silicon nonstick reusable liner), pressing firmly down (the more you press it down the better clumps and clusters you get).
Bake at about 150 deg for about 40 mins, turning half way.
Allow to cool in the tray and then toss in some dried fruit and more nuts (I love dried papaya, and cranberries, and more nuts).
Tip: Double the batch- not sure what happened to this batch I made a couple of days ago but it seems to have vanished.
(The original inspiration, which I've adapted to my taste, comes from Beauty that moves, my kids also love her rolled oats and banana pancakes. I'm thinking that I might play around with the recipe some more and see if I can come up with a raw version in the dehydrator).