6 April 2015

Perfect Granola

Never waste money again and make your own designer granola. As well as being easy and healthy, the granola is vegan. 


Happy Easter everyone! I hope you got a lot of chocolate - I got none! However, I don't really eat chocolate, only chocolate cakes, brownies and hot chocolate but instead, I got some lemons.

Doesn't everyone?

With the lemons, I made a lemon meringue pie which was ah-maz-ing, the best I have made yet! However, it was suppose to be posted on Sunday, I had taken some pictures but as we ate it at dinner time, about 7pm, the best of the sun light had gone and the lighting was terrible. And plus, it was eaten so quick that I couldn't get a picture of a slice. 

Maybe next time....

Maybe a different pie...  


I have been meaning to post this recipe in ages. I absolutely love this recipe, it is so easy - just chuck everything into a bowl, then into the tin and bake. 


It's easy as 1-2-3,

As simply as do-ri-me

a-b-c, 1-2-3

baby you and me!

This recipe is great as you can personalise it to your taste - add different nuts, more seeds, more sweetness. I personally love it with sunflower and pumpkin seeds too but I had just made some muesli so all the seeds were gone, apart from the flaxseed. I eat granola nearly everyday, I used to have it with milk but now, I have to either have it with yogurt (blueberry is the best!) for breakfast or just plain as a snack. 

Oh, I love granola


I made this one day as I was determined not to buy shop-bought granola, ladle with processed sugar and preservatives. Also, a bag of granola can cost up to £6! I was not paying that much when I knew I could make something tastier and more personalised to my taste for a fraction of the price! 

This granola contains plenty of heart-healthy ingredients; oats, nuts and seeds. I like to use two types of oats; large jumbo oats for texture and for the perfect clusters as well as small porridge oats. The porridge oats I use have added bran which I thinks adds a lovely flavour and extra fibre. Oats are known to reduce levels of bad cholesterol as well as containing beta-glucan, a soluble dietary fibre and it boosts heart-health. 


For the nuts, I used walnuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts. I am in a love affair with macadamia nuts - their crunchy but gritty texture and their sweet flavour is amazing. They are completely irresistible roasted and toasted in a pinch of sea salt flakes, yum! 

Again, use whatever nuts you want. 


This is the best granola recipe - perfectly sweet, crunchy and delicious, I hope your guys love this. 


QOTD ~ what is you favourite breakfast?

Perfect Granola
Posted by Eve
Makes 3 cups
Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled jumbo oats
  • 1 cup small oats - I used ones with added bran
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, raw and halved
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, raw and whole
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, raw and whole
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1 heaped tbsp. cashew butter - try to get 100% cashew
  • 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºc/ 160ºc/ gas mark 3 and line a baking tray with non-stick paper.
  2. Put the oats, nuts and seeds into a large bowl and mix well.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt together the nut butter, coconut oil and maple syrup until smooth. Pour this over the oats and nuts and mix well, for about 2 minutes until everything it combined in the syrup mixture.
  4. Spread the granola onto the prepared baking tray and baking for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, stir it well and and bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Once the 5 minutes is up, turn off the oven and leave the granola in there to cool completely. Once cool, put into an air-tight container. 

Enjoy


The granola, in the air-tight container, can be kept up to 2 weeks. 


note ~ I prefer making my granola in cup measurments as I find it more fun and with granola, your do not need to be as accurate as baking a cake etc. If you do not have cup measurements, just use a small teacup - one teacup being 1 cup. 

6 comments:

  1. Honestly I'd take a gift of lemons over chocolate any day. Lemons are so pricey!! Love this granola, it's an addiction for me.

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    1. Lemons just feel so much fresher. I am with you, it is so addictive!

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  2. You are singing my love song with walnuts, pistachios, macadamias, and cashew butter! Sounds so yum, so much healthier than storebought, and love that this is vegan :)

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    1. I just love nuts! Thanks Medha, plus, making granola is much more fun than buying it.

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  3. Homemade granola really is so much better than store-bought. Sure, there's the convenience of buying it, but sheesh, the price? Custom is always better anyway. I'm not big on pistachios, but mmm, sliced almonds? Yes please!

    Thanks for sharing! I'll have to give this a try!

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    1. Thanks Amber! I normally use almonds as I love their crunchy texture but there was none in the stores where I live. Hope you love it!

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