I love granola. I love eating it for breakfast, I love it as a snack with some coconut yogurt, and I love it as a desert with some stewed apples.
I also love making it myself. Homemade granola is so much better for you than store bought versions and it is so easy to create unique flavour combinations to please everyone.
I have tried many granola recipes over the years. Some have been tasty, some not so tasty. This recipe I am sharing today is my no fail granola recipe that is packed full of goodness. I love the addition of pumpkin and sunflower seeds as well as the chia seeds and ground flaxseed as it is a great way to pack your breakfast bowl full of nutrients.
This is such a great recipe to modify to your own tastes. You can use whatever dried fruit takes your fancy, I like cranberries for their tartness. Don’t like almonds? Easy, swap them for cashews, macadamias, pecans etc. You can also add whichever spices you like, I like cinnamon, but I also like to mix it up at christmas time by adding a little nutmeg.
This is so easy to make and I whip up a batch in the weekend and it lasts me a good couple of weeks. It is filling and keeps me satisfied and energized until lunch. I have mine in a bowl with some oat milk and it is delicious!!
Simply add the oats, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, half of the nuts and half of the seeds to a mixing bowl, combine well, then spread on a lined baking pan. Bake at 150°C for about 30mins, tossing every 10mins.
Once golden let cool, then add the remaining nuts, seeds, the coconut and the dried fruit.
I like having half of the nuts and seeds toasted and the other half fresh. You can choose if you want them all toasted or all fresh, as well as the shredded coconut, I like mine fresh but you could toast yours. This recipe really is so versatile.
Author: Everyday Nourished NZ
- 4 cups wholegrain oats
- 1 cup nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans etc)
- 1 cup seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, dates, apricots etc)
- 1/4 cup runny honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/8 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 Tbsp spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice etc)
- Preheat oven to 150°C and line a large baking pan
- In a large bowl combine the oats, half the nuts, half the seeds, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and spice. Mix well
- Spread evenly on lined baking tray
- Bake for about 30mins or until golden, tossing every 10mins for even cooking
- Once golden remove from oven and let cool before adding the remaining nuts and seeds, shredded coconut and dried fruit
- Store in an airtight container
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do,