Granola is said to have a number of health benefits, it may help lower cholesterol for example, is high in fiber, provides beneficial fats, vitamins and minerals, and above all it is very yummy! Unfortunately the granola that can be store-bought contains a lot of added sugar, artificial flavours and preservatives. One of the brands I used to buy, contains up to 12 grams of sugar per 50 grams serving…. I don’t think that this is a healthy way of getting energy in the morning… That’s why I started experimenting with homemade granola and granola bars. I made these sticky granola bars before, but now wanted something softer to add onto my yoghurt in the morning, and came up with this:
- 1.5 cups of oats
- 0.5 cups of coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup cashew nuts
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon poppyseed
- handful of cranberries, cut small
- 2 tablespoons honey, mixed with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Optional as per your taste: salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, garam masala, cardamom, other dried fruits or anything else that tickles your fancy
Similar to our granola bars, you first preheat your oven to 175-180 degrees C. Then take a sheet of baking paper and place this on top of your baking tray. On top of the baking paper, you now poor your oats, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, cashews, pumpkin seed and poppyseed. Stir well so it’s all nicely and evenly mixed and spread out over the sheet. When your oven is hot, please bake this for 5-10 min. or until you can start smelling a lovely granola scent. Be careful not to burn any of the coconut flakes, as these can turn brown very quickly.
Whilst your granola is baking happily along, take a cup in which you poor your honey and coconut oil. This is the only sweetening and fats we will add to the granola, together with the cranberries. Set aside until your granola is ready from the first baking round
Take your granola out of the oven, but leave this on top of the baking paper. Poor over the honey-water mixture and add on the cranberries and mix well, in aim to coat as much of the granola that you can coat, with our sweetener. When happy with the mixing, put the tray back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes, to give the granola time to properly absorb the honey mixture. When done, take out of the oven and leave to cool.
You can keep this granola for up to 2 weeks in a mason jar or airtight container. I often take some to work in a glass jar, which I leave at my desk in case I get hungry. Enjoy!