EASY HOMEMADE GRANOLA

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I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make my own granola before? It is sooooo ridiculously eeeeasy to make and moreish. I guess I just fell into the habit of buying packaged granola because it was easy, but I always grimaced when I read how high the fat and sugar contents were. For these reasons, I only had granola as a guilty snack and not as a main meal………until now.

I decided to make my own granola after I had a craving for some one day but only had rolled oats at home. The the lightbulb above my head slowly, slowwwwwwly, brightened as it dawned on me that I could actually make my own. After a quick internet search I landed on an easy granola recipe by Elizabeth Rider, who by the way has an amazing inspirational blog so check her out. It took me about 5 minutes to mix the ingredients together ( I added my own tweaks of course) and then I threw it into the oven for ten minutes and that was it! After just one bite I was in love with the results and since then I’ve been making my own granola. I highly recommended making your own because it’s so much healthier and also cheaper. So use your creativity and experiment by adding sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, orange juice/extract or even dark chocolate. You can either use the original recipe (click here) or my version below. I hope you enjoy it and do let me know how it turns out.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted  cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit (I used craisins)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil (you may need to melt this in a microwave if it’s solid at room temperature)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 1 large pinch fine sea salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150º C.
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix very well to ensure everything is coated with the coconut oil.
  4.  Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until very lightly toasted. Be careful not to burn it otherwise it will taste nasty! Trust me, I’ve done it.
  5. Cool before serving or storing. ( You can store in an an airtight container for up to 2 weeks).

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2 Comments

  1. 26th November 2016 / 8:29 am

    I am definitely going to make this! Yum

    • MSA
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      26th November 2016 / 7:55 pm

      A word of warning- this granola is highly addictive . Enjoy!

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