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.
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.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- Line a large, rimmed baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- 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
- Soften your coconut oil slightly and add to the mixture
- Add maple syrup/honey and mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated with the sticky mixture.
- Pour the granola onto your baking tray and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer.
- Bake until lightly golden for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway
- Set aside the baking tray and the granola will further crisp up as it is left to stand
- Let the granola cool completely for around an hour
- 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.
- Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature.
- 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)