Crunchy and Healthy Home Made Granola

30 Apr

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To me, a granola should be coarse and crunchy and not too sweet. I hate it when it doesn’t form clusters and really all you have at the end is some slightly crisp oats and fruit. I use mine to top my morning smoothie so I like to keep it less sweet but you could easily add extra honey to this recipe and it would sort that out in no time. I like to put a fair few different types of dried fruit and nuts into my granola and its great because you can just use what you have on hand at the time. If you want a really plain granola then you could leave out the fruit and nuts or just put in a minimal amount. The first time I made this I had a bit of a eureka moment because it was the only time I ever made granola that it came out how I had always imagined granola should look like. The secret to this is a banana. I know it sounds ridiculously simple and it really is. The banana has the perfect level of sweetness and stickiness to hold the mixture together to form the clusters, it doesn’t taste like banana unfortunately but just has a subtle sweet note. As an extra bonus this granola is super healthy for you because it doesn’t have all the nasty fat and sugars that most granolas usually do, honestly you can’t really lose with this granola 🙂

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Crunchy Home Made Granola

200g rolled oats (Not instant)

1 ripe banana

3/4cup water

1tbsp honey, or more if you like your granola to be quite sweet

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

30-60g nuts of your choice, I used almonds, cashews and hazelnuts

30-60g dried fruit, I used raisins

2tbsp shredded coconut

  • Preheat the oven to 190°c/375°f and line a large baking tray with non-stick baking parchment.
  • Place the banana, water, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a food processor or blender and blend until it forms a smooth liquid, 15-30sec.
  • Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl then pour in your banana liquid. Mix to combine, if it is a little dry just add another splash of water.
  • Spread the mixture out in an even layer on your prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30-40mins, checking on it about every 10mins, giving it a good mix and breaking up the larger clusters.
  • Don’t worry if it seems a bit soggy, it will crisp up as it cools. Remove from the oven when its all golden brown and let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Transfer to a container and use whenever you like.

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