Not only is homemade granola super easy to make, but it is also a healthier alternative to pre-made store bought varieties – and granola is one of those magically delicious things that makes serving up a nutritious and tasty breakfast so easy. Even if you are on the go – for the road, simply layer a jar with granola, yogurt and fruit (in as many layers as you like) and simply take it with you as a grab-and-go treat – perfect.
Making granola at home not only ups the freshness (and flavor), but as you will discover, it’s just THAT easy. And just maybe reason enough to give up buying it.
Granola also makes for a fabulous snack in its own right — a trail mix so to say, and one that goes beyond just good old raisins and peanuts. So next time you are out hiking be sure to pack a little bag of this along.
Nutty Coconut Granola
Yields enough to fill a 1.5 liter jar.
3 cups rolled oats (375 g)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (25 g)
1/2 cup slivered almonds (50 g)
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped (50 g)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (50 g)
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds (35 g)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped (50 g)
1. Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
2. Mix the oats, coconut, nuts, seeds, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
3. In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm the coconut oil, honey, maple syrup and vanilla powder and pour over the dry ingredients; mix well until combined.
4. Spread the mixture evenly onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until it starts to turn golden, be sure to give it a little stir near the halfway point. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tray.
5. Stir in the chopped cranberries and let the granola fully cool in the tray before serving or stowing away. To serve, create a delicious breakfast parfait (described below) or combine with nut/seed milk and whatever fresh fruit is in season. Enjoy!
TIP: Feel free to play around with the amount of spice, and substitute whatever nuts you prefer – I tend to just use whatever is in the cupboard at the time. Can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks. But I guarantee it won’t last that long! :)
Breakfast Parfait with Bananas and Berries
A breakfast parfait also makes for a great breakfast on the run, just layer the ingredients in a jar and you’re ready to go!
banana, sliced thinly
natural yogurt or Greek yogurt
a mix of berries (either fresh or frozen)
1. Put a layer of granola on the bottom of a glass, and cover with the sliced bananas, add a layer of yogurt. And then top it with a little bit of honey to sweeten the parfait a little bit.
2. Repeat with the layers until you run out of bananas, that usually makes up about 3 layers, sometimes more sometimes less depending on how thin your banana slices are and the size of the glass.
3. Top off the parfait with the berries and enjoy!