I make granola every week so I always have something in the cupboard for breakfast and snacks. I usually add a few spoonfuls on top of my porridge for added crunch and sweetness, or I have some with a grated apple and yoghurt as a snack when I get home from work.
The original recipe I used was the BBC’s Good For You Granola. Now, I have made it so many times that I don’t measure and use whatever I have in the house. Usually it goes something like this. For the dry ingredients I just fill up the jar I store it in until they fit and leave a little extra space for the dried fruit. I eyeball the rest of the ingredients.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- splash of vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon
- 300g-ish porridge oats
- handful of seeds – anything works, I often use pumpkin, sunflower and sesame
- handful of nuts – whatever you like, walnuts are my favourite
- handful of dried fruit – choose your favourite, I like to use raisins and chopped dates
- Heat oven to 180C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan melt the coconut oil, honey until it is runny and then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
- Add the oats, nuts and seeds and stir until coated.
- Pour onto the baking sheet and bake until nice and toasted and some oats are turning golden brown, about 30 minutes. Stir halfway through to ensure even cooking.
- When the granola is cooked add the dried fruit and let it cool together. If you bake the dried fruit they will turn hard as rocks.
- Keep in a jar or tupperware and munch away!