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Eat Well with Elissa & Stef: Easy Peasy Granola

Granola is a breakfast favourite amongst many, but the shop bought pre-made stuff is often full of sugar and sweeteners which defeats the supposedly 'healthy' element of having granola for breakfast. Elissa & Stef are here to help you enjoy the satisfying crunch of granola the healthy way.

Perfect with fruit, yoghurt or even just milk if you prefer a quicker breakfast, this granola recipe can be made in bulk and stored in air tight containers in your cupboard to grab and go whenever you feel like it. 

Ingredients 

Oats - 4 large handfuls

Nuts and Seeds of choice - chia seeds, pecan nuts and almonds are some of our favourites, but you can literally add anything you like

Coconut Oil - enough to coat all of the mixture (around 2 tablespoons)

Honey or Maple Syrup - 2 tablespoons

Pinch of Salt 

Ground Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

Ground Ginger - 1 teaspoon

Dried Fruit - like with the nuts, there are loads of options here and you can add whatever you fancy. We like raisins and dried cranberries in our granola.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line a large, rimmed baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt, ginger and cinnamon - mix until these are all combined into one mixture
  4. Soften your coconut oil slightly and add to the mixture
  5. Add maple syrup/honey and mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated with the sticky mixture.
  6. Pour the granola onto your baking tray and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer.
  7. Bake until lightly golden for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway
  8. Set aside the baking tray and the granola will further crisp up as it is left to stand 
  9. Let the granola cool completely for around an hour
  10. Top with the dried fruit and break the granola into rough pieces with your hands if you want to retain big chunks, or stir it around with a spoon if you want more of a fine texture. 
  11. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature.
  12. Serve with fruit, yoghurt or milk for a delicious healthy breakfast. 

You can also freeze granola and it will last up to 5 months in the freezer - this is perfect if you'd rather cook one big batch every so often.

 

Author: Ellie-Jo Johnstone (E&S Blog Editor)

@elliejoj

 

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