Thursday, 7 August 2014

Easy Everyday Granola

Granola is the holy grail of breakfast foods. Healthy, filling and speedy, it makes for a super breakfast to keep you going through the long morning ahead. 

However, many shop bought granolas are high in sugar and have many unnecessary added ingredients, therefore a home made granola is the perfect answer. You can control what goes in, swap and change to suit any allergy requirements or food preferences (gluten free oats in place of  regular oats etc).

As a student, cooking and baking on a budget takes priority. Many recipes I found online for home made granolas listed a number of obscure and expensive ingredients, therefore I adapted a few recipes to create a budget friendly, healthy, everyday granola. The main inspiration for my recipe is from Elizabeth Rider.

For my easy, everyday granola you will need:

- 2 cups oats (old-fashioned rolled oats)
- 1 cup fruit & nut mix
- 1/4 cup seeds (I used sunflower)
- 4 TBSP honey
- 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
- 1-2 TBSP milled linseed

Measure out the oats and place in a large bowl.

Now the fruit and nut mix (you can use any nuts/dried fruit you fancy, or have hidden away in your cupboard!).

Next the seeds. Again, you can use any seeds you wish, sunflower or pumpkin seeds go particularly well.

Add the linseed, and drizzle in the honey.

Now for the fun part. Get stuck in and use your finger tips to mix together all of the ingredients, trying to evenly distribute the honey to coat as much of the other ingredients as possible.

Spread the granola on to a lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden and crunchy to bite.

Leave to cool and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks!


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