I LOVE granola…..LOVE IT! But I can never eat it without feeling slightly guilty as it usually contains a huge amount of sugar and calories. This is my version of basic granola that won’t break the calorie bank.
Granola is basically cooked muesli so oats, nuts and berries are obvious ingredients. I’ve used almonds, cranberries and vanilla for this one but you could, for example, use unsalted roasted peanuts, raisins and cinnamon instead. Play around with a few variations until you find your favourite and then you can make it in big batches and store for up to a month in an airtight mason jar.
Makes 680g (17 servings)
One serving = 40g
100g almond flakes
50g milled flaxseed
4 Tbsp chia seeds
30g sunflower seeds
100g dried cranberries
50g desiccated coconut
2 Tbsp of rapeseed oil (vegetable oil)
1.5 Tbsp of dark molasses (or 2 Tbsp of honey)
125ml pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
NOTE: Molasses are a by product of the refining sugar process. Molasses have a high mineral content and are a good source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron and vitamin B6.
- Preheat your fan oven to 150 degrees celsius. In a bowl mix all of the dry ingredients, except the coconut and cranberries.
- In another bowl mix up your wet ingredients – honey, maple syrup, vanilla and rapeseed oil.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and thoroughly mix until all the dry ingredients are slightly wet and sticky.
- Split the mixture and spread evenly onto two baking trays/dishes so that there is lots of room for the granola to bake. If you overfill a container and then bake it, you won’t get a crispy granola (this is a mistake I have made many times). Bake your granola for 15minutes.
- After 15minutes, remove your baking trays from the oven and then add your cranberries and coconut.
- Bake for a further 15minutes.
- Once cool, store your granola in airtight jars and it will keep for up to a month.
- Serve with your choice of milk or yoghurt. I like to have a bowl of this with a small banana, pomegranate or a pear.
Nutritional Information per 40g bowl with 150ml slimline milk:
270kcal; 30g carbohydrates; 11g fat; 11g protein;
This recipe is a good source of omega 3 and 6 fats and contains a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.