I’ve been making Granola at home for over a year now, its so much more delicious than anything you can buy from the shops and even better than that, you know exactly whats gone into it! It’s gorgeous sprinkled over fresh fruit and yoghurt but my favourite way to eat it is with ice cold milk as the cacao magically turns the milk chocolaty!
Here’s what you’ll need…
2 cups of whole rolled jumbo porridge oats
1 cup of raw nuts, I use almonds, brazils and cashews
1/2 a cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup af chia seeds
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/3 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil (you could substitute with rapeseed oil or melted coconut oil)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup carob fruit syrup or agave nectar
1/4 cup cacao powder
1tsp cinnamon powder
And 1/2 a cup of dried fruit to add at the end
(I mesure the ingredients in cups as I find it easier, a good sized mug would be perfect!)
Preheat the oven to 160c/Gas mark 3 and line a large baking sheet with grease proof paper.
In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients…
In a separate bowl or jug mix together the wet ingredients until you get a smooth dark paste (which you will be very tempted to taste… you should…. its yummy!)
Next pour the lovely chocolatey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well (I use two spoons) until all of the oats and nuts have a gorgeous chocolate coating…
Then pour the mixture onto your prepared baking sheet and pop into your preheated oven for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and give it a good mix, making sure to put the granola from the outside of the tray into the middle and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, repeat this once more (so the granola will cook for a total of 45 minutes), remove from the oven, stir in your dried fruit (I like sultanas) and leave until completely cold.
You can then pop it into an airtight container where it will store for up to a month but I promise you it won’t last that long!
If you aren’t keen on any of the dry ingredients listed you can definitely substitute, I’ve changed the sunflower seeds for pumpkin and instead of sultanas I’ve used dried cherries which are absolutely heavenly!
If you make this please let me know, I’d love to know if you like it!