What could be better than starting your day with healthy, homemade granola? A bowl of granola will give you plenty of energy to face a busy morning and should keep you full until lunch time. Homemade granola is one of my favourite breakfasts and it tastes divine topped with kefir yoghurt, seasonal fruit and berries.
The great thing about making your own granola is that you don't have to be fussy with ingredients. Use what you have on hand including a selection of chopped nuts, rolled oats, maple syrup or honey and coconut or olive oil. Currants and cranberries are a delicious addition to your granola - but if you don't have them in your pantry, then make a simple granola out of nuts, honey and rolled oats.
Make a big batch of granola and store in Mason jars
Yes, there's a little bit of preparation involved in making granola. But, it's easy to make and oh-so worthwhile. Make a big batch of granola and store it in Mason jars. Homemade granola will keep up to two weeks if stored in a cool, dry place.
Save money and make your own granola
The biggest reason for making your own granola is the cost savings. Have you ever been grocery shopping and got sticker shock when you saw the price of buying granola? Ouch!Making your own granola is inexpensive. You can buy rolled oats in bulk and use less expensive nuts like almonds (instead of macadamias or pecans). Swapping maple syrup for honey is another way to make your granola more affordable.
Healthier than store bought granola and no refined sugar
When you make your own granola, you can control the amount of sugar you use. Some recipes include brown sugar, but this isn't necessary. There's enough natural sugars in maple syrup and honey. Depending on how sweet you like granola, you can reduce the amount of syrup and honey you use to suit your tastes. Making your own granola means that you know exactly how much sugar is in your recipe.
Rolled oats are a low GI food, which means that it gives you a slow release of energy. Instead of slumping mid morning, and reaching for sweet biscuits, granola will keep you going until lunch. Oats are a good source of soluble fibre, zinc, iron and vitamins B and E. Adding almonds or other chopped nuts, adds protein, healthy fats, fibre and vitamin E.
Make sure to use whole rolled oats, instead of instant oats. Whole rolled oats have the goodness of whole, unprocessed oats without any added sugars or processed surprises.
25 mins cooking time
Preheat your oven to 160 C. Place your ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until your ingredients (particularly your rolled oats) are covered in coconut oil and maple syrup. If your mixture feels dry, then add an extra tablespoon of coconut oil. Allow your granola to sit for a few minutes. In the meantime, cover your baking tray with baking paper. One of the best baking papers to use is If You Care Baking Sheets. This brand of baking paper is environmentally friendly and contains no nasty chemicals.
Spread a thin layer of granola over your baking trays. Pop in the oven and cook up to 25 mins, stirring every 5 minutes.
Serve your granola with almond milk, seasonal fruit, frozen berries (if you don't have fresh ones) and kefir yoghurt. Delicious!
Store your granola in a Mason jar for up to 2 weeks. Check out our range of Mason jars today!
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