Making your own home made granola is one the simplest yet rewarding kitchen basics. It's as nutritious as it is delicious and is way tastier and healthier than any granola you'll find on the supermarket shelves!

We really love the versatility of a good granola. You can add it to your yogurt or milk of choice, have it as a snack or even try baking it into a delicious slice.

The oats in this granola recipe deliver impressive amounts of fibre and iron, the nuts and seeds add heart-healthy unsaturated fats and protein, while the energy-dense dried fruit is loaded with micronutrients and antioxidants, especially polyphenols.

So what are you waiting for? Get tomorrow's breakfast ready today!

You could make this a Paleo and gluten-free granola by leaving out the oats.

Crunchy Maple & Pecan Granola

ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (NOT desiccated coconut)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional but adds extra sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries, cherries or cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins or sultanas
  • 1/4 cup dates, chopped

method

  1. Preheat oven to 160° and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Put all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the dried fruit, into a large bowl.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients together and pour into the bowl, mix well.
  4. Spread onto the tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and mix well, then return to the oven for another 10 minutes. (this prevents burning)
  6. Remove from the oven, stir in the dried fruit and allow to cool completely.
  7. When cool, add extra coconut flakes and store in a container.
  8. Enjoy!