Homemade fruity granola

This homemade crunchy granola is easy to make, packed full of fruit and is a much healthier option than any you’ll see on the supermarket aisles.

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You just can’t beat freshly baked granola packed with delicious and good-for-you ingredients. Most of the shop bought stuff is high in sugar and contains unhealthy fats and oils. This recipe does not contain any added sugar making it a much better alternative. You can put it together it no time so why settle for average unhealthy supermarket granola ever again?!

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The main ingredients are oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit. The healthy fat in this recipe is coconut oil which is full of nutrients and produces the perfect texture. This granola doesn’t contain any sugar, instead I use honey which is a natural sweetener. Other ingredients include salt (necessary to bring out the flavours), vanilla extract, cinnamon and desiccated coconut.

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Whipping up your own granola at home is super easy, quick, and allows you to control the amount of sugar and quality of ingredients. The added bonus it that it gives your flat/house a lovely baking smell!

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Though you might want to, you don’t have to eat this granola all at once. You can keep it in an airtight container for a few weeks. I’ve kept mine in the jar pictured above and you can even freeze it in sandwich bags if you wish.

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Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 50 mins or until golden brown Quantity: depends how you’re having it. Around 4-6 servings with milk but I mainly have it as a topping on my porridge so it lasts me ages!

Ingredients:

  • 300g oats
  • 100g dried fruit (I used a mix that contained sultanas, cranberries and apricots)
  • 20g sunflower seeds
  • 20g pumpkin seeds
  • 20g desiccated coconut (also added a couple of coconut shavings)
  • 20g nuts, chopped (I used almonds and walnuts)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • Dash of vanilla extract

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan. Line a large rectangular baking tray with grease proof paper.
  • Place the oats, seeds, nuts, cinnamon, honey and vanilla extract into a bowl.
  • Melt the coconut oil and add to the bowl, mix well.
  • Pour onto the baking tray and flatten with the back of a spoon.
  • Cook for 20 minutes and then take out and stir through the dried fruit and coconut. Flatten again with a spoon.
  • Bake for a further 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let the granola completely cool before breaking it up and transferring it to an airtight container.

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I encourage you to get creative with this granola. If you don’t like one of the ingredients I have used then substitute it for something else or add to it if you think something is missing. It’s flexible and can be easily adjusted to suit personal tastes!

Hope you enjoy this recipe! And as always, please do let me know if you decide to make it, I’d love to hear what you think.

KP x

 

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