I wanted to share one of my favourite recipes with you. It’s my basic granola recipe and since it’s made with whole grains, unrefined oil, turmeric and naturally sweetened, it’s also a pretty healthy granola option.
A simple granola is such a perfect way to pack your breakfast full of goodness and deliciousness. It’s something that can easily be made for the week and can be enjoyed by all the family. You can eat it in many ways—with milk, yogurt, fruit juice, sprinkled over stewed fruit (perfect for autumn evenings) or as more of a treat over a perfect vanilla ice cream.
I call this a basic recipe as you could of course make it your own by adding any nut, dried fruit and spice. You can increase the honey if you like as the sweetness is subtle, and you’ll get more of those yummy clumps!
It’s a simple try and see recipe—and can easily be made in half batches too.
Oats: Whole grain gluten-free jumbo oats are the best. They’re bigger and don’t break up so easily.
Nuts and seeds: These recipes I used a mixture of pecan, cashew, pistachio and almond nuts. You can of course mix this up or use what you have at home. You can use fruit and nut mixed bags if you don’t want to invest in loads of nuts. Also I use seeds in this. Sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds are a great healthy option.
Oil: I used coconut oil which gives this recipe a delicious coconut flavour. It’s pretty subtle in flavour but If you’re worried about your saturated fat intake, use olive oil instead.
Spices: Of course we use our favourite turmeric in this recipe. I also add cinnamon and some ground ginger. The turmeric taste is very subtle and as I love cinnamon I tend to add a little extra to mine as I want the flavour to come through. I also always add a pinch of salt and some crack black pepper, as well as some vanilla paste.
Sweetness: The best thing about this recipe is that all the sugar sweetness comes from natural sources. We use honey, I actually didn’t use our Manuka honey as I feel the heating process wouldn’t be the best for it. An organic honey is a better choice. I do tend to drizzle Manuka honey onto of my granola though with yogurt and fruit. You can also use a maple syrup as well.
Dried fruit: Adding dried fruit adds a delicious sweetness. I've used raisin here but dried apricots and cranberries are also delicious. Flakes of coconut can also be used. I think it’s better adding it in when the granola is halfway cooked as they then mix in nicely but don’t over cook. Try also adding some orange zest which gives it a lovey taste especially when mixed with cinnamon.
- 250g rolled jumbo organic oats
- 60g coconut oil
- 60g organic honey
- 100g mixed seeds and flax seeds
- 150g mixed nuts of your choice
- 80g dried fruit
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- Pinch salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 150°C. In a saucepan, add the coconut oil and honey and heat gently until both are melted and combined. Measure out and mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add in the melted oil and honey and mix well.
- Prepare a baking tray with greaseproof paper and empty the bowl of ingredients onto it. Make sure you don’t separate the mixture too much as to get some good clumps you want it to all cook together.
- Half way through, add in the dried fruit—if using—and mix around to combine. Press down lightly on the mix to help get some yummy clumps.
- Once golden on top at around 30–40 mins, take out of the oven and leave until cool. Break it up, add to a storage jar and enjoy!