DIY Granola


I’d never really been a Granola fan until one day I bought a delicious looking little bag in a local delicastants. It was so good, nothing like the generic shop bought boxes!

After falling in love with the combo of fruit, fat free Greek yogurt and tasty Granola I decided I would hunt out a recipe online to make my own. Which lead my to one of my blogger friends; Avril who just happened to post a recipe for her Granola just at that exact time. So of course I followed it and made my own, which did not disappoint!

This is the link to this original Granola Recipe here. However since making it I’ve tweaked the recipe a little more to my taste and my LOVE of coconut. So feel free to check out my recipe below, but also the original from Avril. Everyone has different tastes and the good thing about this recipe is that you can add what you want to your basic mix.



Like I said I love coconut so have used coconut oil in mine and added some coconut shavings, however you can leave these out. As I go through the ingredients I’ll explain what are needed and what can be changed.

Ingredients


When I say a cup as a measurement that can either be proper measuring cups or if you don’t have them just use a cup in your cupboard, but make sure to use that same cup for each part of the recipe.

  • 2 cups of nuts – now you can use your favourite nuts and mix it up (in this batch I used macadamia, hazelnut, pecan, cashew and almonds, simply because I like them and it’s what I had in the house) or just stick to one kind, if you aren’t a nut fan you can reduce it to 1 cup or leave them out altogether
  • 250g Porridge Oats –  THESE ARE A MUST – I just use the cheap ones, so whatever ones you prefer or can get your hands on
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut again optional, if you don’t like coconut don’t add
  • 1 cup of seeds, either mixed or the same variety – THESE ARE A MUST (I used pumpkin and Chai seeds in my batch)
  • 1/2 tsp salt – THIS IS A MUST
  • 25ml of coconut oilTHE OIL IS A MUST (it can be any oil you have in the house, however I wouldn’t use one with a strong savory taste like olive oil)
  • 250 ml of maple/agave/honey/golden syrupTHIS IS A MUST (but can be whatever one you have in the house or a mix)
  • Dried fruits – I’m not the biggest fan of dried fruit, so I tend to sprinkle in a handful or so of dried cranberries at the end, but this is where you can add what you want and as much as you want.


Method


1. Roughly chop your nuts and set your oven to 160°C.

2. Mix together in a large bowl all of your dry ingredients apart from the dried fruits if you are using them.

3. Once combined add your wet ingredients; the oil and syrup (or whatever you have chosen).
4. Stir the Granola mixture until all the dry ingredients have been coated with the wet (make sure to get right down to the bottom of your bowl, and don’t worry you can’t overmix it).
5. Line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper and spread your wet Granola mixture out onto it (this mix usually fills two full trays for me, so you can either cook them separately or at the same time).

6. I cook them for about 10-15 minutes at a time, then check them, stirring them about as they start to brown more on the top and around the edges especially and no one wants burnt Granola! Keep doing this until it gets as golden as you like it (don’t worry if it still seems not as crunchy as you’d like it, as it cools it will start to crisp up).

7. Once ready remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled you can add your dried fruit or perhaps some pieces of chocolate (whatever you fancy adding).

8. Store in an airtight tub or in my case I use a kilner jar and mine lasts weeks. Serve and enjoy whatever way you like…


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