I love homemade granola 😍 It so simple to make and so much better than the store bought one. Not to mention that it is way healthier.
Just to reassure you, no fancy baking skills are needed – just oath, nuts, fruits and syrup mixed together. And patience, since it does require around 30-40 minutes in the oven. 😅
For the recipe in the picture, the ingredients are listed below but if you are missing some of the goodies I used, do not panic – as long as you keep the balance of dry and wet ingredients your granola is sure to succeed. Keep the measurements at 1/3 of wet and 2/3 dry ingredients to make sure you do get the crunchiness but still create those granola ‘bulks’ we all want.
Start with the wet ingredients: mashed banana, apple puree, peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and so on – are great,, glue,, ingredients to use. I have learned through many try-outs that using only syrups or oils might not create chunks. Hence, I always add in ripe smashed or pureed fruit for extra stickiness.
Don’t be afraid to use spices as breakfasts can’t be boring. Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, pumpkin spices, are only a few of the key elements that can elevate your morning yogurt. Be mindful with the quantity though, use no more then a pinch / drop as we do care for our quality 😉
And now to our final group of goodies : the dry ingredients. These are the elements that will give texture and crunchiness to your granola whilst allowing you to choose your favorite ingredients. Oat flakes are classics to be used in this recipe and will make a great base for it. The instant oat will do just fine, however, I do recommend the old-fashioned oat flakes for best results. Continue with nuts, seeds ( such as flax, chia, sunflower ), coconut flakes.
If you have children, you might want to add a hand full of colorful store-bought cereals – it does take a small bit from the healthy aspect of the recipe, however, your mini-you will for sure appreciate and enjoy it even more 😍
Once you decided on all your ingredients, mix them all in a bowl and combine well. Layer on a tray with baking paper and spread the mixture about 2-3 cm thick. Place in pre-heated oven at 170 degrees for 30 minutes whilst stirring every 10 minutes.
30 minutes might seem long but if your spread is at least 2 cm thick and you do use pureed fruits, the bake is in need of this time frame in order to come together. That being said, if you do see that your granola is baked, you ought to take it out (not to get burned). The quantity does dictate the time it needs to sit in the oven and for my recipe below 30 minutes were just perfect.
As a tip, if you wish to add dry fruits, I would suggest you add some also as a garnish, once the granola is baked and out of the oven. This way you will add texture, flavor as well as color to your granola. After all, we do eat with ‘our eyes’😜
What are other ingredients and tips are guys are using? Let me know in the comments below and let’s make this world healthier together.
Lots of love friends 💕
⏳ 7 minutes prepare, 30-40 minutes bake
Serves: 8-10 serves.
For step 1
- 2 ripe bananas, smashed
- 1 large ripe pear
- 20 ml of maple syrup
- 1 tsp of vanilla essence
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
For step 2
- 200 g of oat flakes
- 75 g of chopped nuts
- 75 g of corn flakes
- 15 g of chia seeds
- 15 g of dried apricots ( optional as garnish )
- Mix all ingredients from step 1 together
- Add the ingredients from step 2 and combine well.
- Layer a tray with baking paper and spread the mixture about 2-3 cm thick
- Place in the oven for 30 minutes and stir in every 10′.
- Add pieces of dried apricots and allow the granola to cool down
- Serve with milk or yogurt and fresh fruits