There is a simple formula to building a homemade granola that you can store in a jar and enjoy for 2-3 weeks.. but when it’s this tasty, it won’t last long!
3 Cups of Base:
Oats, puffed rice and flaked coconut are great bases for your granola. Use these ingredients to ‘beef up’ your granola as they’re less expensive!
1 Cup of Nuts/Seeds:
Choose from almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, cacao nibs or sunflower seeds and use a variety. Nuts and seeds will give you crunch as well as protein to keep you full.
Half a cup of Dried Fruit:
Blueberries, cranberries, banana chips, goji berries, dried apple.. anything you can think of, really! Make sure to check whether it has any added sugar or sulphides, both things you don’t want in your granola.
Half a cup of Fibre :
Chia seeds, psyllium husk or flax seeds are a good way to sneak in some fibre to your granola.
One Tablespoon of Flavour:
Cinnamon, turmeric, cacao powder, a nut butter.. anything your heart desires.
A quarter cup of Sweetness:
Honey, agave syrup, rice malt syrup and natural maple syrup can be used and are much more subtle than sugar. You can omit this step if need be.
A quarter cup of Oil:
Coconut oil, butter or even olive oil will help bind the ingredients together and give the granola it’s crunchiness!
Combine all the ingredients together and bake on a medium heat (180 degrees celsius) for about 15 minutes. Don’t be fooled if it doesn’t feel crunchy yet – the granola mix will get it’s crunchiness once it’s cooled down, so be sure to take it out of the oven as soon as it gets a golden brown texture. Otherwise, you run the risk of burning your delicious granola! Transfer to an air-tight jar once it’s cooled down, and store in a cool place for 2-3 weeks.
Enjoy your granola with your favourite dairy or non-dairy milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit, or have it as a quick snack on the go!