Home-made Granola

This has been on my to-do list for the longest time and last week I finally got around to making it. Result? Simple, cheap and tasty. Granola (aka CEREAL people) is an easy breakfast option and also versatile for snacking as it’s lightweight and packed with good calories. You don’t need to cover it in sugar either to get a sweet boost as the honey and banana coating are sweet enough, plus if you add fresh fruit to the mix there’s just no way to go wrong. I’ve read other people adding a variety of fruits in the cooking stage so why not mix it up and see what happens!

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Home-made Granola

Prep time: 10m         Cooking time: 30m

Ingredients

Half a cup of at least 3 different types of nuts you like – I chose hazlenuts, whole almonds and brazil nuts
Half a cup of rolled oats
1 ripe banana (I only had frozen bananas so I left one to defrost and mashed that up)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of almond butter
2 tablespoons of honey

Method

Line a small baking tin with grease-proof paper and pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Roughly chop the nuts so they’re at least half their original size, if not a quarter depending how big or small you prefer. I tried putting them in the mini-blender but it turned the nuts more into powder than small pieces.

Put the nuts into a large mixing bowl along with the oats. In another bowl, mash up the banana and add the almond butter, honey and melted coconut oil. Mix well and add this to the dry nuts and oats.

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Ensure all the dry ingredients are coated in the wet mixture. Pour evenly onto the grease-proof baking paper that you have lined a baking tin with. Bake in the oven on a low heat for about 30m, making sure to STIR every so often so that it doesn’t end up as one big flat slab. Stirring also helps the underside cook rather than having a crispy top layer and soggy bottom.

Once the oats and nuts have cooked and hardened to your liking, remove from the oven and leave to cool. Then put the granola in a sealed container and refrigerate until needed. Serving suggestion – Greek yoghurt, honey and berries!

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