Home made Granola


Ingredients:

3 cups oats

1 cup puffed millet

½ cup raw almonds

½ cup macadamia nuts

¼ cup brazil nuts

¼ cup flax seed

¼ cup pepitas

¼ cup chia seeds

½ cup shredded coconut

¼ cup dried cranberry

¼ cup dried blueberry

¼ cup organic honey

¼ cup organic maple syrup

Method:

  1. Turn your oven to fan bake 150 degree celcius.  Line an oven tray or dish with baking paper.
  2. Put all of the nuts into a blender or food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds so that the nuts break into small pieces.  You don't want them to be fine and crumbly so be careful not to overdo the blending/processing.  Once broken into pieces place in a bowl.
  3. Measure out the oats and millet, place into bowl with the nuts. Add in the seeds, shredded coconut and cinnamon.  (leave out dried fruit, this goes in at the end).
  4. Pour maple syrup and honey over the dried ingredients and mix thoroughly so that the maple and honey are combined thoroughly.
  5. On the oven tray pour the raw granola mixture so that it is evenly spread.
  6. Place into the oven for 12-15 minutes.  Depending on your oven you may need to keep the granola in the oven for longer.  Keep an eye on it and turn the ingredients at the 7 minute mark so that nothing burns on the edges.  Burnt granola does not taste nice!
  7. Once cooked take out of the oven and let everything cool.  Once cool put into a storage container or glass jar, add in the dried fruit and shake around.

As a kid I used to love Cocoa Pops at breakfast time but now cringe at the thought of eating them.  They are full of refined sugar, artifical colours and preservatives.  Breakfast is supposed to be nutritious, set you up for the day - not make your blood sugar spike and then half an hour later fall asleep.

In my house there are no packaged cereals.  I have learnt to not be fooled by clever marketing - "low fat", "high fibre".  According to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand cereal can be labelled a "good source of dietary fibre" if the cereal contains 4 grams of fibre per serve.  I don't know about you but 4 grams per serve is not a lot when you also have to factor in the sugar and other additives that outweigh the good.  In Cocoa Pops there are 11 grams of sugar per 30 gram serving, that's huge! On the Cocoa Pops box the labelled claims are "high in carbohydrates" "source of calcium", I think they missed the part "high in refined sugar".  There is more sugar in them than cocoa... Sugar pops anyone?

All of this investigating packaged cereals made me think, why not make my own? Cut out the preservatives, additives and refined sugar, add in good fats, minerals and fibre.

There are a lot of ingredients in this granola as my cupboard is packed with seeds and nuts so if you don't have everything on hand that I have included it wont be an issue.  Again make this recipe your own, if you aren't a fan of brazil nuts leave them out; if you can't find dried blueberries in the supermarket replace with dried apricot.  Nuts are expensive so bulk this up with more seeds if you are not able to obtain large quantities of nuts.  My granola is a bit fancy pants due to me getting over excited whilst ingredient shopping for this blog post.  Keeping it simple is perfectly fine and one of the reasons for me adding so many different foods is to give examples of what you can add.  If you want to splash out do so with the organic honey and maple syrup.  Steer clear of the fake honey as it is going to be full of refined sugar!

The granola will last for a week to 10 days depending on how air tight your container is.

If you would like a gluten free version substitute the oats for buckwheat groats or quinoa flakes.  These ingredients can be found in your local health food/organic store.

I serve my granola with fresh banana, almond milk and Co-Yo.  SO GOOD!

J x