WARNING!! This will make your house smell amazing and cause possible invasions of neighbours, or squirrels, or both!!
But seriously, have you ever tried making your own Granola? There is simply no comparison to the shop bought sugar laden, cardboard flakes stuff! I first happened upon the idea from a friend many years ago in Bolivia. She would make hers with honey, which of course is better for you than sugar, however I really wanted to try one with no added sugar.
Now I am sure that there are a plethora of recipes online, I saw one or two myself. There are those that literally have no sweeteners added at all and are not baked so would be more of a raw granola. But this one is one I have adapted from various recipes and of course thrown in my own ideas for good measure!
The sweetness in this recipe comes from agave nectar/syrup, which is a natural plant extract that has a low gi (low effect on blood sugar levels). You can choose to use something else, but for my first attempt and not wanting to compromise too much on the level of sweetness, yet not affect my blood sugars too much, this works perfectly for me! Feel free to research and experiment with your own alternative!
So enough talking! Here is my REEcipe! In true REEcipe style, please note that all measurements approximate and a little adjusting (to your taste) shouldn’t cause too many problems!
Oh p.s I use cups as they are SO much easier to measure ingredients with! You can buy them from most supermarkets for a few pounds, or try using a small mug.
(Greek Yogurt and berries topped with Homemade Granola)
2 Cups Oats
1/2 Cup Chopped Mixed Nuts
1tbsp Raw Coconut Oil
1 tsp Cinnamon
1-2 tbsp Agave Nectar (or to taste, I suggest starting with 2)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 Cup Dessicated Coconut (unsweetened, unless you want the sugar :))
Throw all of the ingredients into a bowl except the dessicated coconut and mix well.
I used my hands for this part, one because I like it and two because it helps to melt the coconut oil if it is in solid form!
Once mixed place on a baking tray/tin and bake at a low to medium temperature (I use approx 150-160 degrees Celsius) for approx 12 mins or until slightly toasted/golden.
Remove from the oven and then immediately add the dessicated coconut. This helps to toast it slightly.
Leave to cool.