If you would have told me three months ago that I’d soon be making my own granola, I would have chuckled, shrugged it off and wished I had the time or skill to do so. Throughout my change to healthy, wholesome eating, however, I have learnt that I’m capable of creating nutritious, delicious food on my own. I’m writing this because I want you to know that making pure, nourishing food is not scary or hard—making granola honestly requires little time and little to no skill. So I hope that you not only enjoy making this recipe, but that you also discover how easy and rewarding healthy eating is.
Granola offers a wide range of benefits: it’s high in soluble and insoluble fibre, contain good fats, is high in protein and is low-GI (so you stay full for longer). However, the granola you find on your supermarket shelf—quite often labelled ‘all natural’—is usually loaded with refined sugar, unhealthy fats and preservatives, which negate much of the nutritional benefits granola can offer.
Not only is making your own granola beneficial to your health, but it’s also largely gratifying to create something so delicious from scratch. Plus, the smell of your granola toasting away in the oven is enough to make you dance around the house with your arms out waving in an attempt to bathe in the sweet cinnamon, coconut aroma homemade granola produces.
Note again that these measurements are flexible and that you can swap the ingredients for others. I usually never make the exact granola twice—I mix it up depending on what ingredients I have in my cupboard.
This makes a medium sized jar of granola.
You will need:
- 1 1/2 cups traditional rolled oats (certified gluten-free oats for those who are intolerant)
- 1/2 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/3 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 2-3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup raw seeds (pepitas and sunflower seeds work beautifully)
- 1/3 cup desiccated/shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup sultanas
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional—I personally think the granola is sweet enough without this addition)