For some time now Han and I have been looking for a healthy granola to have in the mornings. The issue is, all of the shop bought granola is loaded with hidden sugar, additives and more. Clever packaging and healthy messaging hides what is really quite unhealthy product. So, we looked at making our own healthy homemade granola. Here’s how we got on…
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I’ve got to admit, at first I was a bit skeptical. I mean, the reason the shop bought stuff tastes so good is because of the amount of sugar and additives it contains. Sure, some of the more basic stuff is healthy, however, it generally tastes like the cardboard box it came in. Therefore, I wasn’t exactly sure just how well our healthy homemade granola would turn out. Luckily I was wrong…
- 280g rolled oats – whole
- 65g mixed nuts (if you struggle to eat whole nuts, chop them or pulse for 20 seconds in a blender)
- 40g raw seeds (we got mixed seeds with dried cranberry for a bit of extra flavour)
- 3 tablespoons 100% maple syrup/natural honey
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
How to make it…
- Pre-heat your oven to 150º C
- Throw all the ingredients into a mixing bowl
- Mix all of the ingredients together – use your hands to mix – it will be messy but that’s part of it
- Using your hands allows the coconut oil to melt – make sure it coats all of the mixture and no blobs are left
- Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper
- Spread the mixture ion the baking paper and chuck in the oven for 15 minutes – until very lightly toasted/golden brown.
- Cool and eat! – Or,put it in an air tight Tupperware container.
*The granola will keep for up to 2 weeks if kept in a cool/dry place.
Why it’s so good…
Well, firstly, you know exactly what’s going into the healthy homemade granola. Obviously it is higher fat than say plain oats, however all fats are healthy, natural fats. The higher fat content will also help with satiety levels so you won’t need to eat as much.
Secondly, it doesn’t actually cost that much more than the equivalent supermarket bought granola. Buying cheaper ingredients will make it cheaper, that doesn’t need explanation. However, the if you were to put the same ingredients into a supermarket product, you’d be looking at £4 – £5 a bag. This healthy homemade granola costs about £2-£3 per batch which saves you £2 – £3 every time you make it – That means for every one supermarket bought bag of granola you can make two healthy homemade granola batches!!!
Thirdly, the granola is versatile. If you get bored with one flavour you can swap out some of the ingredients. Want a specific nutty flavour? Go for one type of nut like almonds. Fancy more of a fruit flavour? Take the nuts out and add in dried fruit. Anything goes here really.
Finally, it tastes amazing! The coconut gives a really creamy texture and flavour to the granola whilst the mixed nuts & seeds add a wholesome taste. The cranberry was a good option as it gives a sweet kick to it. In addition, the maple syrup gives the healthy homemade granola a real caramelised flavour after being baked in the oven.