To buy a good quality granola (or muesli) that isn’t full of rubbish (sugar, preservatives etc.) is really expensive, that’s why making it yourself is such a good idea. It will be so much cheaper than buying it pre-made, and more so, you can make the granola exactly how you want it to be, with exactly the ingredients you like. And if you need 1 more good reason to make your own granola, it is so simple and easy you’ll wonder why you’ve not done it sooner 🙂
This recipe combines all my favourite ingredients I like to have in my granola: nuts, coconut, cinnamon and vanilla. I use a mix of almonds and cashews and they work really well, but you could substitute for walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts etc…. basically any nut, or a mix of whatever you have in the cupboard.
Another great thing about making your own granola is that if you keep it in a sealed container it stays fresh for so long. It will last about a month, but you can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
Aside from eating a big bowl of the granola with almond milk, I like to use it to top my smoothie bowls (like these ones) or on top of porridge. Treat the recipe as a guide and adapt the quantities as you like, for example:
- You could also add ⅓ cup of quinoa flakes
- Experiment with different nuts and seeds and use as much or as little as you like
- Find certified gluten free oats if you are gluten intolerant
- Use maple syrup if you are fructose intolerant or a vegan
- You can increase of decrease the sweetness according to your personal preference
- You can add things like raisins, chopped dried apricot or apple at step 5
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups puffed brown rice (or buckwheat, amaranth or quinoa)
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia etc.)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone baking mat.
Roughly chop the almonds and cashews. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, puffed rice, nuts, coconut, and seeds.
In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the coconut oil until just melted, add the honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine. Pour over the dry ingredients; mix well until evenly coated.
Spread the granola onto the prepared baking tray and bake for 25 - 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow granola to cool completely (the air helps the granola obtain a crunchy texture.
Stir in any dried fruit or optional extras at this point. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, combine with nut/seed milk or yoghurt and whatever fresh fruit is in season. Enjoy!