Granola

Homemade granola is a great way to cut out some of the nasties many of the shop bought versions have. Many are often high in sugar and use unhealthy fat as well as unnecessary fillers. Homemade versions can be customised to personal taste and be full of nutritious and satisfying ingredients.

Nuts and seeds add texture and flavour and are high in protein and micro nutrients like calcium, zinc and magnesium. Oats are full of soluble fiber, iron and folate. The coconut oil adds the healthy fats making this a great recipe to support a healthy heart to help balance blood sugar.

MAKES: 11 (80g portions)

NOTES: Enjoy with your favorite milk or use to top, chia pudding, overnight oats or fruit and yoghurt

ALLERGENS: Nuts, Sulphur Dioxide (in preservatives esp dried fruit)

Ingredients

150g mixed nuts chopped

200g coconut flakes

200g rolled jumbo oats (gluten free)

50g pumpkin seeds

50g sunflower seeds

25g golden flaxseeds

2tbsp chia seeds

100g unsweetened dried fruit chopped if necessary eg raisins, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, chopped apricots (optional)

1tsp ground cinnamon

1 medium banana

6tbsp apple puree

100ml melted coconut oil

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C.
  2. Place the chopped nuts in a mixing bowl and add the coconut flakes, oats, seeds, dried fruit and cinnamon.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and add to a small blender with the banana and apple puree and blend until smooth.
  4. Mix the puree into the oaty mixture with a wooden spoon until everything is well coated.
  5. Tip the mixture onto a lined baking tray and spread out in a thin even layer (you may need to use two trays).
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to get an even colour, or until the mixture is crunchy and golden brown.
  7. Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container or kilner jar.