Last week was very busy and I did not have time to myself to sit down and post my newest recipe so decided to write the whole week off and start fresh this week. Today is another simple recipe which you can pick and choose your preferred ingredients to create your own special blend of granola.
I do not eat cereal for breakfast, preferring shakes or the occasional bagel smeared in avocado but sometimes I like to have granola with yogurt as an afternoon snack or on top of ice cream. The problem I find with store bought granola is the amount of sugar and salt added, granola shouldn’t be coated in either and still be called “healthy” so it makes sense to make it at home.
Homemade granola takes less time then it would probably be to go and buy some ready made granola/yogurt cup at the coffee shop and will be less expensive in the long run too. If you have 45 minutes to spare one day you can make your own granola.
As I said above homemade granola has the added bonus of being versatile which means if you don’t like raisins in your granola omit them, want chocolate chips add them ( but do this after baking or they will melt). If you love fruit buy some dried versions to add to the mix.
My favourite combo has to have coconut and raisins but otherwise it changes with my tastes. This time I decided to add quinoa and amaranth for more grains but next time it may be cocoa powder or matcha.
I still have not been able to figure out how to make my own coconut yogurt so for now I will have to but some from the grocery store. This is something that is on my to-do list and hopefully it will soon come to fruition!
- 4 Cups gluten-free oats
- ½ Cup almond slivers ( or pecans/cashews/walnuts/pumpkin seeds/etc.)
- ¼ Cup quinoa (or more oats/nuts)
- ¼ Cup amaranth (or more oats/nuts)
- 1 Cup coconut flakes
- ½ Cup Thompson raisins (or other dried fruits)
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- ½ Tsp salt
- ¼ Cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ Cup honey (or agave syrup/maple syrup)
- 1 Tsp vanilla
- 1-2 Tbsp water
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Combine dry ingredients in large bowl, except raisins and coconut.
- Combine wet ingredients in small bowl.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine, if it still seems too dry add in 1 tbsp water and mix again, add one more tbsp of water if needed.
- Spread on baking tray and bake until golden, approximately 20 minutes.
- Remove and let cool before adding in raisins and coconut.
- Breaking up any large pieces into smaller chunks.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool place.