Supermarket granola rarely comes without a little flack from the health conscious among us. Although the cereal probably means well, the addition of preservatives, sugars and excess salt unsurprisingly often leads to a cause of concern and – although I am no expert on foods and, indeed, processed foods – my instinct tells me that this is not worth the convenience of having them at the tip of our spoons.
Another argument against granola that I’ve come across a few times is that – whether processed or homemade – it’s just too fatty to be entertained, whatsoever. I will admit that tasting supermarket granola has sometimes left me wondering whether the recipe even contains some of the ingredients granola was first based off, because they’re too sugar-coated to be recognised. I’m not going to be negative and say this is the case for all granola products you can get off shelves because there are certainly better types with more wholesome ingredients in them, but I think if we could just try to make it from scratch more often, we’d easily be able to tear down some of the flack around one of the west’s most popular cereals. You have no idea how simple it is to make homemade granola.
Without further adue, yes, I’ve made a granola recipe and all from what ingredients I found lying around the house on that particular day. There are absolute millions of granola recipes floating around on the internet these days, which is a great way of seeing people getting a bit more considerate and health-conscious for the most important meal of the day, and I hope ye will enjoy my take on it.
I’m aware that my ingredients in no way shy away from the ‘fatty’ category, but it’s sometimes to be remembered that things like nuts contain the good fats, or even the brilliant fats which can help improve cholesterol levels and may even decrease the risk of type II diabetes. Coconut oil, which I’ve also used in this recipe, is one of the healthiest saturated fats we can consume and it’s easily metabolised and used as an immediate source of energy; something that could never go amiss in the morning. 😉
- Jumbo oats, 200g
- Desiccated coconut, 60g
- Walnuts, 50g
- Cashews, 50g
- Almonds, 50g
- Pistachio nuts, 30g
- Almond flour, 30g
- Flaxseeds, 20g
- Goji berries, 3 tblspns
- Cinnamon, 2 tblspns
- Nutmeg, 1 tblspn
- Pinch of sea salt
- Coconut oil
- Organic honey
- Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
- Into a large mixing bowl add the jumbo oats, desiccated coconut, walnuts, cashews, almonds, pistachio nuts, almond flour and flaxseeds, followed by the goji berries.
- Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of sea salt.
- Melt 6 tblspns of the coconut oil with 3 tblspns of the honey and stir all ingredients together.
- Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for approx. 20-25 mins, mixing halfway. The granola should be ready when it all reaches an even golden brown colour. Make sure to cool before storing.