I have been dying to get my hands on a good, low sugar granola. I am really picky when it comes to breakfast cereals. Oats are somewhat of a staple food for my breakfast. I tend to enjoy them with an array of fruits and nuts to jazz up the taste, as my lovely Instagram followers will be aware of. Though, I like to change things up a bit and decided to make my own Coconut Almond Healthy Granola. I adapted a recipe I had up on my blog from the early days (the days when it was not even called Grains and Gains!).Getting a good breakfast down you is the key to opening up doors for the day.
The thing about granola is that it is super easy to put together. You can include all sorts of nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Sometimes when we go shopping we see a product and think “I like the blackcurrants in that but not too sure about the peanuts” – right? When I get into those situations, I think to myself “Can I make this myself?”. Being the frugal grandmother nerd that I am, I love to try my hand at making things myself (currently being a Granny and knitting myself a scarf!). I think being able to take a step back into the past, grab those essential home skills and transport them to the present day is something we should all try to do. Imagine a day when the supermarkets are closed and you’re hungry? Then what?!
I digress. Granola can easily be made into a healthy granola bar to pop in your purse so you have something at hand when the hunger gremlins approach. I wanted to make a granola that was healthy and low in sugar. I would most likely add it to yogurt and decorate with a range of fruits, so for me keeping the sugar low in the actual granola is key. I opted to use honey, but this can be replaced with Argave nectar or maple syrup. Anyway, I am not one for long speeches about a recipe (she says after rambling!). I would much rather you stare at the pictures, wonder how it tastes and go off to try it. Here you go with a brand new updated version of my healthy granola recipe.
- 200g oats
- 30g flaked almonds
- 20g whole almonds
- 20g melon seeds
- 40g coconut flakes
- 2 heaped tablespoons of honey
- 25g coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 drops of vanilla extract
- salt for taste
- Optional: dried fruits and nuts (I used only raisins but the options are endless!)
- Combine the oats, almond flakes, salt, cinnamon almonds and melon seeds in a bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil and combine with honey and vanilla extract
- Add the coconut oil mixture to the oat mix and combine well.
- Spread evenly on a baking tray and place in oven.
- Bake for around 20mins, checking every 5 minutes or so to stir around the contents.
- At the 10 minute mark, add in your coconut flakes.
- Once golden brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Once cooled, add in any additional dried fruits or nuts you may wish to crunch on!