The BEST DIY Granola

A very tasty and healthier alternative to store-bought granola where you can control the ingredients and flavor combinations making a very yummy breakfast topping served with your favourite fruits and yogurt or milk as preferred.

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Breakfast is my thing…It’s the best meal of the day and should set you up nicely, so if you’ve got a scrummy homemade batch of Granola, what can be better right?! The smell of your own granola cooking is the best thing (beside home-baked bread), and knowing exactly what ingredients and love has gone in to make it is even better.

I decided to make my own granola when I learnt and realised that many store bought products are not as good for you as they claim to be… Yes, even products you might consider to be healthy or certainly healthier than many other cereals out there. Many contain hydrogenated oils and processed refined sugar which is what we should try and avoid.

Whereas if you’re making your own you can cut down on the sugar by substituting natural sweeteners like dried fruits, such as cranberries, raisins, apricots, cinnamon, or honey, add more protein with nuts, sunflower and flax seeds and for extra fiber wheat germ and bran add additional fiber to the oat base. Therefore, making it far more beneficial to you to make your own granola adding whatever ingredients you prefer or have to hand at the time for a delicious and healthy start to your day.

Granola doesn’t just have to be consumed for breakfast, and if you’re like me and often need a sweet treat, then this is perfect to just spoon from the jar, or as granola bars or a dessert topping! It is delicious, nutritious and portable for on-the-go breakfasts and treats. My favourite way to enjoy this granola is served with some fresh fruit and thick Greek yogurt or over a warm baked sweet-potato… mmmhmm yummy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you give it a go, leave a comment and let me know or post a picture in  @untaintedtastesinstagram or  facebook and use #untaintedtastes and tag me @untaintedtastes as I’d love to see them 🙂 xo


The BEST DIY Granola
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten-free
Cuisine: breakfast, dessert
Serves: 800g (3 Jars)
Ingredients
  • 160ml agave nectar
  • 90g melted coconut oil
  • 15ml fruit juice (orange, apple, pineapple)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 400g oats (gluten-free if required)
  • 100g pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 40g flaked almonds or your favourite nut
  • 60g toasted coconut chips or desiccated coconut
  • 100g dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas Mark 1. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Melt together the honey and the coconut oil, then add the juice and vanilla. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir through the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the oats, seeds, and nuts. Then pour in the wet mixture and combine really well until all the dry mixture is incorporated.
  5. Spread the mixture onto the tray, making sure it is spread out to ensure even cooking. Stir it in the oven every 5-10 minutes until it reaches a golden brown colour (approximately 45 minutes)
  6. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and harden up then stir in the toasted coconut and dried fruit.

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