On Instagram this week I spotted a post from Liz who was on the lookout for good granola recipes. My love affair with granola goes back to my 29th birthday. I make a big batch of granola which lasts us about 10-14 days. It’s my go-to breakfast for so many reasons:
- It fills me up for aaages. I swim most mornings before work and so when I get to work, I’m definitely ready for breakfast. I have my tub of granola and some fresh fruit and it gets me through til lunchtime.
- I can adapt my recipe depending on what I have in the cupboard. Mr B likes granola too but can’t have some types of nuts, so I make the same recipe for both of us.
- It’s a lot cheaper to make granola on a large scale than to buy it from the shops
- There are so many health benefits – being low in fat (if you stick with dried fruit) and being high in fibre (especially if you bulk up the oats with a variety of seeds).
- I top mine with blueberries, and yoghurt rather than milk, which gives you a whole new world of flavours to choose from!
So here it is – my current go-to recipe for granola!
Susan's Go-To Granola
- 450g oats
- 75g sunflower seeds
- 75g pumpkin seeds
- coconut oil – mine had solidified but I melted 3 heaped teaspoons (equated to almost 40ml)over a low heat in the microwave.
- honey – 30ml
- sunflower oil – 60ml
- maple syrup – 25ml
Preheat your oven to 130c fan/140c and line a baking tray or two with greaseproof paper.
Combine all of your dry ingredients (include nuts here if you want to, they can be toasted) and stir in your wet ingredients (you can use more if you want your mix to be more clustery).
Once completely mixed in, divide the mixture in half and spread across the two trays (or cook one batch at a time if using one tray). Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
While the granola is baking, make up your fruit mix. I use a few different fruits, for flavour, texture and colour. Chop/cut up fruits such as apricots or dates. I probably use around 300g of dried fruit per batch of granola.
Once your granola is golden brown, leave to cool.You can either combine your granola mix with your fruit mix or leave separate, but do ensure it is in an airtight tub to ensure freshness.