Healthy Homemade Granola

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I thoroughly enjoy making my own granola.  Homemade granola is tons better than the store-bought ones.  When I make it, it is like I am on my own play ground,  strange analogy, but true.  I get to use whatever nuts I want, whatever seeds I want, whether or not I want to add dried fruit or not, it is great, and I get to use whatever quantities I want! Basically I use whatever I have at hand, but more often than not I have to buy more nuts when I know I am planning on making it, as I am a nut freak of note!  I also, like to keep them as whole as possible in my granola, I just love that crunch 🙂 . This homemade Granola is just pure health (except for the butter), packed with goodness, crunch and even gluten-free oats!

With this batch of Granola, I used some butter which I melted with a little vanilla extract.  I know most people are on a health kick these days and coconut oil has become a firm favourite in their kitchens, I am no different, but I needed a change this time.  The difference in flavour was not huge (lets not talk about the nutrients…).  I found using the butter gave it the obvious slight buttery flavour which was enjoyable.  I usually always use coconut oil, melted with other granola recipes and it works just as well, so I am positive it will work just as well with this one.  I always use raw honey.  It is a thicker consistency and it is more natural, so melting it is a necessity when making granola.  I would recommend melting whatever honey you choose to use though, to give it a thinner consistency.

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Healthy Homemade Granola

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Cooking time:  35 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Makes just over 3 cups (900 millilitres)

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked oats *

1 cup of mixed nuts  (I used a combination of raw almonds, macadamia, peanuts, pecan and walnuts)*

1 cup of mixed seeds (I used a combination of pumpkin and sunflower seeds) *

a sprinkling of cinnamon (approximately 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 millilitres)

95 grams butter, melted

100 millilitres raw honey, melted

1/2 teaspoon (2.5 millilitres) vanilla extract

1 cup chopped dried fruit (I used a combination of prunes, apricot, pear and cranberries) *

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C/170 degrees C (fan oven) / 356 degrees F

Chop the dried fruit, and set aside.

Mix the oats, nuts and seeds together in a bowl. (Do not add the dried fruit)

Sprinkle over the cinnamon.

Melt the butter, honey and vanilla extract over a low heat and stir to combine.

Add the melted butter mixture to the oats, nuts and seeds and stir to combine all the ingredients.

Spread the ingredients out on a lined and greased baking tray approximately 37.5 x 25 centimetres / 14.5 x 9.5 inches in size and place in a pre-heated oven to cook.

Stir the granola every fifteen minutes, so it cooks evenly.

Allow to cook for about 35 minutes or until a light golden brown.  (I used a thermo fan oven and mine were done in 20 minutes)

Once the granola is out of the oven, stir in the dried fruit.

Allow the granola to cool.

Transfer into a sealed jar or container and store in the refrigerator.

Serve either on its own, with added fresh fruit and or yoghurt.

Enjoy 🙂

*  I used Gluten Free Oats.

*  Any combination of nuts will do.

*  Any combination of raw seeds will do.

*  Any combination of dried fruit will do.

 

 

 

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