Healthy however-you-like-it Granola
Between these random snow showers and the thunder and lightening there has been a glimpse that spring and summer might be in our midst. Which has got me moving on from my big, warming bowl of porridge to something a little lighter...
And to use up the last of those oats, what better than a good-for-you granola!
It's super healthy, with a heck of a lot less sugar (just 3g per serving) and fat (8g per serving) than your standard supermarket staples and the best bit is, you're in complete control!
You can whip this recipe up from whatever you've got in the cupboard (nuts, seeds, dried fruits, oats and the like - maybe not the tinned tomatoes and bags of rice!) or just go out and choose your favourites.
So what went into mine:
Makes about 10 servings:
170g porridge oats
30g coconut flakes
50g flaked almonds
10g seed mix
2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
But as long as you have your base of oats or something similar you can build around it with whatever you fancy; hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds, raisins, dates, dried apricots... The list goes on!
And feel free to switch up the oil for your favourite fat - coconut works fabulously but be wary of anything with a strong savoury flavour such as extra virgin olive oil.
And to make it:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 degrees fan assisted or gas mark 4)
Combine all your ingredients into a mixing bowl (except if you're using dried fruit, you need to add this at the end otherwise it'll burn and become very bitter) and mix!
Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and stick in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Check on it after 5-10 mins and give it a mix around so everything gets an even toasting, check back every 5 minutes or so until golden brown - this can happen pretty suddenly! Everytime you open the door you'll be filling your kitchen with delcious smells, so personally I think the more checks the better!
Allow to cool then store in an airtight container, it should last at least a month - but it's never hung around that long in my house!
I like mine on top of fresh fruit and yogurt, preferably sitting in the sunshine.. Here's hoping!
mouth-watering to share?