On the surface, granola seems healthy right? I mean, it’s packed full of all the things we’re told are good for us, such as oats (to keep us going the whole day), nuts and fruit. Yet a lot of the shop-bought granola contain a lot more sugar than they let on so before you buy, check out the label. Luckily for us, we’ve got Gourmet Glow on hand to provide healthy alternatives to what’s on the shelves. And you’ll love her homemade granola! Be free and easy with the ingredients and if there’s anything you don’t like, then don’t include it!
If you also like, you can clump the granola whilst it’s cooking to take around with you as a healthy snack. Or to have on the go – it’s delicious to nibble on and great if you’re running from one meeting to another. You can also experiment with quinoa flakes or making it entirely paleo and adding in more nut chunks.
For the granola base:
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- Handful of pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Handful of sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp flaxseed
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 pinch Himalayan Sea Salt
To add after baking:
- Handful of goji berries
- 2-3 chopped dried apricots (without sulphur)
- 1 tbsp raisins
- Handful cacao nibs
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven to 180’C
- In a bowl, mix all the granola base ingredients together and pour over the coconut oil until all ingredients are lightly coated.
- Place on a large baking tray and bake for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to break up the mixture as much as possible and to cook all over.
- Leave to cool and break up if clumps have formed.
- Stir in the additional ingredients and pour into an airtight jar.
- Serve with nut milk.
Store in an airtight jar and keep in a cool place for ultimate freshness.
Don’t forget you can add in or take things out as you want. You could try adding orange zest, dried Cherry Active cherries or blueberries, chopped walnuts or hazelnuts.