Homemade granola - using HONEY not sugar - it's so easy
I was grocery shopping the other day and stopped in the health food section as I always do, to see what was new and pick up any of my usual staples that were on special. I came across a bag of granola that looked amazing. It was definitely something I would buy for us to eat. I took a look at the ingredients and nutritional panel. Not only was it $14.80 for the 700g bag, but the sugar content was through the roof! I put the bag down. Intent on going home that afternoon and making my own using what I already had in the pantry.
It was easy!! I cannot shout that loud enough. And of course it's delicious.
One thing I want to make very clear is that we use granola to SPRINKLE on our porridge or weetbix. We DO NOT eat it like a bowl of cereal. I add a heaped tablespoon to my breakfast bowl and believe me, it's elegant sufficiency. You will be satisfied.
I added the things that I have in the house always. My favourite dried fruit nuts and seeds. Feel free to add what you enjoy most.
This truly is a 'hide a lot of goodness' kind of thing. For people that are trying to add some health to a loved ones diet, I guarantee this will work.
These are the ingredients that work for me:
1kg bag of organic 'minute' oats (they are softer and smaller than the steel cut oats, 1/2 cup local jarrah honey, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup dessicated coconut, ground cinnamon, organic coconut chips, 1/4 cup goji berries, 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/2 cup flaxseeds, 1/4 cup pepita seeds, handful of dried apricots quartered, 1/2 cup raw almonds, 1/2 cup brazil nuts, 1/4 cup cranberrys, 6 pitted dates chopped up
Start by setting your oven to 220 degrees (mine is fan forced). Using a metal bowl, mix the honey and coconut oil together well. Add the oats and use your hands if necessary. Mix well.
Empty the oat mix into a lasagne sized tray. Don't worry about it all sticking. You can use a spatula at the end and it will come off. Spread evenly in the dish. Now spread the almonds evenly over the top of the oats. Once the oven is ready put it in for 15 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, take the dish out and use the spatula to move the mix around. It should be looking more crunchy. Add the dessicated coconut and place back into the oven for 10 more minutes. (Reason we do this is because the coconut will burn if cooked for longer)
Now take out of the oven and let it sit in the tray until it is completely cool. (45 minutes)
Add the rest of your goodies once cooled using the spatula to mix. YUM -
Place in a glass jar if you can. It will last a few weeks in an airtight container.