Making your own granola sounds like a bit of a scutter, especially when you can just buy a bag of ready made stuff from any shop. The problem is I really, really like granola. To the point where I buy a bag, eat the lot within 2 days and then cry about it in my PT's office. (True story). So now I just don't buy the stuff. I've been craving it loads lately though so I decided to have a go at making my own. At least that way I know exactly what's in it...
No refined sugar, additives or whatever other nasty crap the shop bought versions are full of. Just oats, nuts, honey and all that other good stuff! Making it is much easier and less awkward than you'd think.
3 cups Porridge oats
1/2 cup Walnuts
1/2 cup Flaked almonds
1/3 cup Desiccated coconut
1/2 cup Dried cranberries/raisins/whatever you like
1/2 cup Organic pure honey
2 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Preheat your oven to 150c degrees. Mix all your dry ingredients (apart from the cranberries) in a large bowl. Combine the honey, coconut oil, vanilla essence and cinnamon in a pan... Let the coconut oil melt over a low heat and stir it all together. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the rest and mix it all up so the oats and nuts are coated in the honey mixture.
Spread it all evenly on a baking tray and pop it in the oven for 15 minutes. The top will start to go a nice golden brown colour. Stir it up a bit as the bits on the bottom will still be pale, add the cranberries and then put it back in the oven for another 10-15mins, until the top turns golden again.
This recipe should make about 8 decent sized portions at 215 calories per serving. (13g Fat, 19.4g Carbs, 4.3g Protein). The granola will keep for at least a month so allow it to cool and pour it into an airtight jar. I love it with Greek yoghurt & fresh strawberries :)