Granola. Who doesn't love the sweet, crunchy yumminess on their yogurt, on their smoothies or on well anything your heart desires! For example, today, as a little snack, I had an apple with homemade almond butter and this granola - it was so a PERFECT snack! So, just a little sample of an alternative way of using granola - when not in your breakfast bowls.
I've been struggling for a while now trying to find a granola that tastes great but isn't filled with sugar and bad oils. Which is possible to find but the one I found wasn't that great and the price was crazy. So just as the almond butter, it is cheaper to make it at home, as well as allowing me to know exactly what is in my food.
This granola is also an easy recipe and will take you about 20 minutes to make. 20 minutes and then you have some delicious, healthy granola to enjoy throughout the week. Cinnamon, honey and coconut oil work as the perfect sweeteners for this recipe. Truly proving that sugar is so no necessary and especially not in the ridiculously large amounts that get thrown into some granolas. Some granola is equivalent to eating a piece of cake... Like what!? If you were trying to eat and live healthy, you wouldn't eat cake crumbled on top of your breakfast in the morning, right?
Give it a try and feel free to mix up the ingredients you use. The seeds and grains I have chosen to put in are just a starting point or an example. You can use whatever you happen to have at home or you can choose some of your personal favorites. It is completely up to you and is, as many of my recipes, open for you to experience and play around a little bit! Just have fun with it!
- Preheat the oven at 150 C
- On low heat, melt the coconut oil
- Chop the almond and pecans roughly - you can also use pre-sliced almonds if you would like
- Add all of the ingredients, except for the popped quinoa (which gets added in half way through baking, when you mix around the granola) together in the bowl and mix it all around
- Pour in the coconut oil and the honey and mix again
- Then add the cinnamon and the sea salt and mix again
- Spread thoroughly on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, after the 10 minutes stir around the granola slightly - and add the popped quinoa
- Bake for another 5-10 minutes - it depends on your oven and how the oats toast but just keep an eye on it and look for it to become golden brown
- 2 cups oats (of your choice)
- 1/3 cup pure organic coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 - 1/2 cups pecans
- pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- sunflower seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- shredded coconut
- popped quinoa
P.S Your kitchen is going to smell AMAZINGGG! xxx