Here it is everyone *smiles* I finally managed to make a batch of granola.
This isn’t like the ordinary; it’s a healthy granola recipe that’s homemade, awesome huh? I thought so…. I’ve been studying the granola range for quite some time now.
Since I am a self-confessed perfectionist, you won’t find me jumping into things head first. I have to do a few rounds of trial and error to tweak things to my liking. Granola wouldn’t be perfected without adding my signature style – the theme being healthy.
The commercialised granola tends to be saturated with refined sugars, honey, oils, and fats which compromise the nutritional content. I find this to be most disappointing to say the least, which led me to seek out an alternative that is healthy, lightly sweetened with crispy oats.
The best part about making granola is how creative you can become, once you lay down the base of the recipe (old fashioned oats). Then next step is to be as innovative as possible almonds, pumpkin seed, hemp hearts, coconut, apricot kernels, brasil nuts, dried fruit etc…
Simply subtle with a low glycemic index with an abundance of nuts, dried fruit and old fashioned oats. Light weight and perfect to eat for breakfast or a snack – a popular food amongst westerners.
- 3½ cup of old fashioned gluten free oats
- 1 cup of mixed nuts/seeds (I chose Apricot kernels, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
- ⅛ tsp of himalayan pink salt
- ¼ cup of hemp hearts
- 1 cup of shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp of flaxseeds (ground or whole)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of coconut nectar (or maple syrup)
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of ginger
- ½ tsp of nutmeg
- 1 cup of apple sauce (see my recipe)
- Dried fruit
- 1 cup of mixed dried fruit cranberries, raisins
- **fresh banana for topping
- Preheat oven 350 degree (Gas mark 4)
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, seeds, nuts and other dry ingredients (excluding the dried fruit) together
- Fold in the applesauce, coconut nectar and oil, mix until everything is saturated.
- Spread out on parchment paper and cook in the oven for 45 minutes, turning every 10 - 15 minutes.
- Once cooked remove from oven and set aside to cool.
- Add the dried fruit and store in airtight container - should last for a few weeks.
** 1 cup of applesauce is suffice for subtle sweetness, can add more sweetness if desired