Homemade granola – as you like it!

Homemade granola – as you like it!

I seem to have a whole bunch of friends who are either pregnant or have small babies at the moment. This is a little treat that keeps you on the go, it is energy packed and full of goodness. Snack away knowing what you are putting in your body is good for you… actually, just know what you put into your body. I know I say this about most of my recipes – but this can really be adapted to suit your taste, more or less salt, different nuts and fruit and changing how you want to sweeten it. This version is sort of my favourite but it does honestly change a little everytime I make it. I make a big batch of it, it never lasts very long, but seems to keep just perfectly. It is a super breakfast with some gorgeous natural yogurt and perhaps some fresh berries if available for extra luxury. I like putting in a few chocolate chips as a treat for my girls, but be as decadent or as restrictive as you like!

 

Ingredients:

 

3 cups rolled oats                                          ¼ cup raw cocoa power

1 cup spelt flakes                                          2tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup desiccated coconut                             ¼ tsp ground ginger

½ cup sesame seeds                                     ¼  cup treacle sugar

½ cup chopped pecans                                ¼ cup xylitol

½ cup chopped almonds                             ¼ cup raw honey

¼  cup pumpkin seeds                                 ½ cup grapeseed oil

handful dried blueberries                           vanilla powder

handful dried cranberries                           fat pinch of salt

a few dried figs chopped                             2Tbl raw cacao nibs

Method:

 

Set the oven to 180° before mixing together the oats, spelt, coconut, cocoa, cinnamon and ginger in a large bowl. Now mix the oil, vanilla, salt and whatever sweet stuff you’re using and stir into the oat mixture. Spread the mixture into a roasting tray and put into the oven for 10 – 15mins, then take it out and give it a good stir. I like to sprinkle the nuts and seeds over at this stage because I like them to roast a little and release their nutty oils. Put back in the oven for another 10 or 15 minutes, take care not to let it burn as it will go bitter quickly. Turn off the oven, take out and give another stir. Now I sprinkle over the fruit and cacao nibs and pop back in the oven for just a few minutes so the fruit goes a little chewy. But listen, this is not normally done, I just like it! Take out of the oven and allow to cool completely in the roasting tray. I give it a good mix/scraping to loosen up all the bits at the bottom of the tray and give myself an excuse for some tasting. Decant into a sealable glass jar and pride yourself on your domestic sexiness. Enjoy!

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