Homemade Granola

Like most of us, many years back I used to consume lots of breakfast cereal. That was until I became part of the fitness industry, and discovered just how unhealthy, most breakfast cereals are.

My morning desire for a bowl of something wet and crunchy, still needed satisfying, so after following several ‘Granola’ style recipes, I did lots of experimentation, and finally found one that works just right for me.


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Ingredients:

  • 500g of mixed, natural nuts (mine had walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds cashews, and I also added some pecans)
  • 1-2 handfuls of raisins (add at the end once nuts have been baked)
  • 1-2 handfuls of raw, flaked coconut
  • 2-3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp of agave, or raw honey
  • Pinch of himalayan salt
  • 1-2 handfuls of seeds (pumpkin, flax, sunflower)

Equipment:

  • Food processor
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large baking tray
  • Oven

Method:

  • Start by pre-heating the oven to 150c
  • Next add the coconut oil to a glass
  • Then submerge the glass into a small bowl of boiling water

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  • Whilst the coconut oil is melting start adding the nuts to your food processor (Note, I do this is stages, as our machine is small, and I don’t want to over load the container)

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  • Next, use the ‘pulse’ option on your machine, and blitz for short bursts of 3-5 seconds, until the nuts are broken-up, but not too fine
  • Then add to the mixing bowl

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  • Now add the salt, coconut flakes (seeds if you are using them), and mix it all in

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  • Next line your baking tray with parchment paper (I use the grill-tray that comes with our oven)
  • Then add the melted coconut oil to the mixture

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  • Give the mixture a good coating with the coconut oil, and stir in really well
  • Next add your agave or honey, I do this 1 tbsp at a time, mix it in, and then add the next tbsp, and repeat
  • This should give the mixture I nice, sheen look to it
  • Evenly spread so that the layer isn’t too thick
  • Add to the oven an cook for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown (you should get some wonderful smells coming from the oven)

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  • Once cooked, add your raisins (or any other dried fruit you might be using), and give them a good stir in

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  • This bit can be tricky, use the parchment paper as your funnel, bringing the two sides together, closing off one end, and then pouring the contents into a large glass container (it took me a few goes to get good at making the funnel, but if you place the container on the baking tray, you won’t lose any mixture)

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  • Leave to cool (or have it hot if you like, who cares!?)
  • Serve with homemade almond milk (just a splash will do)
  • Top with fruits of choice (optional)
  • Enjoy!

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This batch usually makes around 5-7 bowls, and that is with me using anywhere from, 5-7 tbsp per bowl.

It does take a little more effort to make healthy food, but once you discover just how good things can taste, and are much better for you, it soon becomes a ‘no brainer’.


Keep training hard, keep moving well, and let’s stay fit & healthy for a very long time to come

JD

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