Get your granola on
One of my favourite things on the planet is granola, and nothing beats homemade! It is crunchy, nutty, seedy and packed full of yummy ingredients – no smoothie bowl is complete without a scattering of granola, and it is perfect with some nut milk or yoghurt. I know it seems easier to pick up a pack from your supermarket, but once you make your own and realise how simple and easy it is, I promise you won’t look back! What I love about making my own is that I know exactly what has gone into it and I can pick and choose the bits I like and the bits I don’t like! I try not to include too much dried fruit because it is very high in sugar, so for me a base of oats, nuts and seeds with a little sweetener fits the bill.
- 3 cup oats
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup mixed chopped nuts of your choice
- Optional extras such as dried fruit, goji berries, cacao nibs and/or coconut chips
- Start by adding your oats to a baking tray (you can use a bowl if you want but why create more washing up?), mix your maple syrup, coconut oil and cinnamon in with the oats and stir to coat it all, bake in the oven on a moderate temperature for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice if you are worried they may burn. Next add in your seeds and nuts, mix well and bake in the oven again for a further 10 minutes. Your oats should be golden (not burnt!) and starting to crisp up. Remove from the oven, allow the base of your granola to cool and then add the rest of your ingredients, mix well and you are good to go!