As much as i love oatmeal, I love granola just as much. Granola is generally a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, seeds that can be eaten with milk, yogurt, smoothie or chia pudding for a healthy energizing breakfast.
Homemade granola is one of my favourite things to make.
And why homemade and not store-brought? I mean I like store-bought granola but it often has too much sugar added. Making homemade granola reduces sugar consumption and allows you to include only your favorite ingredients, it’s totally customisable. You can customize flavors, use whatever ingredients you have on hand (nuts, seeds and dried fruits) and it’s so easy to put together. The other thing I love about making homemade granola is it fills your house with the most amazing aroma when you bake them.
I am quite a big granola-eater. 1 batch of the granola rarely lasts for 3 days. I always bake extra batches so I’ll have some on hand for quick breakfast and snack. So feel free to double or triple the recipe. It keeps well for up to a week stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
Homemade granola (Vegan, gluten-free & refined sugar free
- 2 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats or regular rolled oats
- 1 cup mixed nuts i used pecans, almonds, hazelnuts and cashews
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C.
In a large bowl, whisk together oil and maple syrup and vanilla. Add oats, nuts, chia seeds, salt and cinnamon. Turn out onto a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for 15 mins or until golden, tossing occasionally.
Remove from the oven and toss in the dried fruits (if using) while the granola is still warm. The granola will dry out and crisp up while it cools. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use.