The great thing about granola, as well as being delicious, is that it’s so versatile.  You can add things or take them away depending on what takes your fancy – or what ever’s in the food cupboard. It’s incredibly easy to make and tastes way better than anything you buy in the shops! It’s also something I’ve found to be very expensive to buy and often packed full of sugar and additives so perfect reason to make your own yummier version!

This recipe has loads of nuts and seeds in it. Why should you eat nuts and seeds?

As well as being packed full of vitamins and nutrients that you need in order to be fit and healthy, they’re also high in fiber. Fiber slows digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer which means you should find yourself snacking less. The result? You looking fab in that wedding dress!

Here’s what you need:

  • 200g oats
  • 2 heaped Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp spoon sweetener (honey/syrup/agave)
  • 2 tbtp hazel nuts
  • 1 tbsp pecons
  • 1 tbsp Walnuts
  • 2 tbsp  Almonds 
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp raisins or dried fruit
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

This will make you 8-10 portions and should last a couple of weeks in an air tight container, though my guess would be you’ll have finished the lot within the first week!

You’ll see I’ve included cinnamon sticks. Well we’ve just hit autumn and its freezing out so I wanted to add a little warmth so I added a squeeze of orange juice and some cinnamon to this batch. The house smelt amazing and the granola was perfect for a chilly, foggy morning. This is optional of course.

The nuts will need chopping, though I always leave one or two whole as an added crunch. You can buy a bag of chopped mixed nuts and throw them in instead if easier. Also don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients and quantities, that’s the beauty of granola, it’s hard to get it wrong.

The first thing you need to do is melt your coconut oil and sweetener (honey/syrup/agave) together. 

Healthy Granola Recipe

Then, are you ready to this next step? It gets a little tricky! (Ha)!

Throw everything together EXCEPT the raisins.

On my first attempt I forgot to do this so had beautiful granola – with tiny little stones in it. You could have broken a tooth on those raisins. Seriously, baked raisins are NOT good!

Bake at 150 degrees c for around half an hour (you’ll see it turning a beautiful golden color, don’t let it get too dark) but give it a stir every 10 minutes or so  if you can. If you like to keep everything separate, bake in a single layer on a baking sheet. If you prefer it more in the traditional granola style clusters, bake it in a deep dish so it’s all forced together. You’ll see from the photo below that this is my preference.

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You have tons of choice when it comes to serving options. I absolutely love it served with natural yogurt and some fresh berries. You could just throw some milk over it or a spoon full of jam if you like though.

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The only essential is a nice dish to serve in. When I first started healthy eating I found it boring and uninspiring but when I started experimenting with new flavours, I soon felt excited to discover new tastes (as well as the added energy boost that went with I)! I started making my dishes look presentable again and soon even my husband and son took interest. I now enjoy serving what I would consider in my biased opinion as restaurant-worthy meals and enjoy eating them whilst pretending to be posh! 

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How will you have your granola? I’d love to hear what you will be adding to yours. 

This recipe is part of my ‘Healthy Brides‘ category. Check it out for more delicious and healthy meals and why this is so important whilst you’re busily planning your big day!