My mum was always that mum who made everything from scratch. No matter what it was, she could make it. Want some apple pie? She’d make it. Want fish and chips? Mum would be at the fishmonger in the morning and whisking up batter in the afternoon whilst chopping potatoes.
So, naturally, I try to make most of the foods we eat, myself. That’s the only way you can truly know what is in the food you are eating. One of my favourite things to make at home rather than buy from the shops, is gluten free granola.
There are so many different varieties of granola in the supermarkets, most of which, claim to be ‘healthy’ but, when you look on the back of the packaging, just reading the sugar content could give you a cavity!
This simple, quick and delicious recipe has zero refined sugar and will make your kitchen smell divine.
To make this yummy, nutty snack, you’ll need:
2 and 1/2 cups of gluten free old fashioned oats
1 cup Almonds
1 cup Peacans or Walnuts
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup or Coconut Syrup
1/4 Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Cloves
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and heat oven to 180c/310f/gas mark 3
Pulse the nuts and seeds in a food processor until they are in pea-size chunks
Mix the nuts and seeds with the oats in a mixing bowl
In another bowl, melt the oil, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves in the microwave for 30 seconds
Pour the melted mixture into the mixing bowl and stir in to combine with the oats, nuts and seeds
Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and spread out evenly
Bake the granola for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through and checking regularly to avoid burning
Remove from the oven and leave to cool before storing in an airtight container or jar
I love this recipe because it’s so easy yet tastes delicious on its own or as a topping. My favourite way to eat it is with 0% fat Greek yoghurt and berries.
My hubs loves to use it as a topping on his porridge in the morning with chopped banana. It rarely lasts longer than a few days in our house, which is fine because that gives me an excuse to make more!
As tempting as it is to buy everything from the store for convenience, I guarantee you that once you make this granola at home, you will never want to buy it from the store again. Give it a try and let me know what you think 😉