Almond and Cranberry Granola
Its January, I'm sure many people (including me!) have made many new years resolutions.. especially choosing to eat a bit healthier! This granola is a great way to start the day! So many shop bought granolas have so much sugar in them and can be deceivingly unhealthy and full of bad stuff, where as when you make it yourself, you can control what goes in it therefore making it a healthier and nutritious alternative for breakfast.
What ingredients do we need?
OATS I recommend using coarse cut oats instead of as they are larger and provide a better crunch!
COCONUT OIL You can use any oil for this. (maybe not olive oil unless you love the flavour!) It is purely to coat the oats so that they become crunchy and you need fat to bind the granola together! In order to keep it healthier, I recommend using coconut oil instead of butter to reduce the saturated fats.
MAPLE SYRUP AND HONEY This is for sweetness. If you want to make it vegan, you can make it with just maple syrup. This quantity can be increase or reduced depending on your preference.
SALT In my opinion, salt is one of the most important ingredients! It enhances the flavours of the granola as well as balancing the sweetness from the maple syrup and honey. Please don't leave it out!
DRIED FRUIT, NUTS AND SEEDS This is where you can put whatever you like in! I've put in a mixture of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and dried cranberries. However you can alternate with dried apricots, apple, hazelnuts... the list is endless!
300g Coarse Cut Oats
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
100g Maple Syrup
1 tsp. Salt
100g Dried Cranberries
25g Sunflower Seeds
25g Pumpkin seeds
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan and mix with the honey and maple syrup. Add to the oats and salt. Mix together until all combined.
Pour onto the prepared tray, making sure it is distributed evenly across the tray. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes.
After the 10 minutes, add the almonds and seeds. Use a spatula to mix the granola to that it cooks evenly.
Place in the oven for another 10 minutes. It should look golden brown. Remove from the oven and add the cranberries. Leave to cool completely.
Put in an airtight container or jar. It should last for a couple weeks. Enjoy with yoghurt and berries or some milk!