Granola Goodness

I’m definitely not a morning person- it is a widely known fact. I have friends who, no matter how late they go to bed (or how much they have to drink the night before) manage to spring out of bed in the early hours of the morn every single day. I on the other hand, have taken after all the women in my family and have a natural ability to sleep in forever!

So against all my best efforts I’m never organised enough to eat breakfast at home before I go to work in the morning. After years of spending a small fortune buying breakfast from Pret every day or eating really unhealthy sugary cereal at the office I had the bright idea of trying to make granola at home to bring into work.

I also wanted to try to make a healthier type of granola which didn’t have a shed load of sugar/honey/maple syrup etc. After scouring the internet and recipe books for ages and not really finding anything helpful I came up with my own invention which uses Agave Nectar. Agave is a natural sweetner which is much better for you than any of the refined syrups, and it’s low GI!

This is what you’ll need to make my super easy granola:

125ml Agave Nectar
2 tbsps of vegetable oil (or any flavourless oil- sunflower, rapeseed etc)
2 tbsps of honey
1 tsp of vanilla extract
300g of rolled oats
5og of sunflower seeds
50g of pumpkin seeds
100g of flaked almonds
4 tbsps of sesame seeds
50g of flaked or dessicated coconut
100g of dried fruit (I used apricots as they’re my fav, but you can choose anything!)

And this is what you need to do (its so easy!):

Turn on your oven to 150c

Mix all your wet ingredients together in a big bowl (oil, agave nectar, honey and vanilla extract).

Then add into the same bowl your oats and all your seeds (make sure you don’t add the fruit or the coconut yet!) and mix it all together so the dry ingredients are all coated with the wet ingredients.

Then spread your mixture on a big baking tray covered in baking paper and cook in the oven at 150c for 15 minutes.

While your mixture is cooking in the oven, chop up your 100g of dried fruit into bite size chunks

and mix in the coconut…

After 15 minutes and when the tray of nuts and oats is all golden, take it out of the oven and mix in the apricots and coconut. Make sure you mix it in well and turn over all the nuts and oats which have already been cooking, so all the mixture goes golden brown.

Bake the granola for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture is really crispy and golden.

Once its done, take the mixture off the tray and cool on a flat cold tray.

You can then eat it with yogurt or milk and fresh fruit for breakfast. My favourite is to have it with greek yogurt and fresh berries- yum!

The best thing about this is that you’ve made it yourself and you know exactly what went into it- so can be sure there is no unhealthy sugars or preservatives. You’ll start the day feeling very virtuous I promise! Enjoy x


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