Granola is one of the things I absolutely love to eat, but have never thought to make myself… until now. I don’t really know why, but I think a lot of people feel that way about cereals; it’s just something that you always buy and assume to be healthy. It wasn’t until I threw together this recipe that I realised just how easy it is to make your own granola, and how much more delicious and satisfying it is knowing that only natural ingredients, chosen by you, have gone into it.
You can completely tailor it to your own preferences too, so that the proportions are right for you, which I think is particularly great as I always find store-bought cereals a little off balance with one ingredient or another. Hence why I suggest adding 1-3 cups of oats; it really depends on how oaty or nutty you like your granola!
On top of that, it wasn’t until I actually made this granola that I thought to compare the ingredients to one of my favourite branded ones that I had in the cupboard. It’s safe to say that it landed straight in the bin a few moments later, containing things such as ‘sugar syrup powder, flavouring, sweetened banana chips, rice flour and preservative (sulphur dioxide)’. Having seen how quick and easy, how much cheaper and better for you, it is to make my own granola, I will never be buying store-bought cereals again. I hope you’ll feel the same way after you’ve tried this recipe as, as well as being totally delicious, I now take huge comfort in knowing that my morning & snack granola is pure health and goodness! This particular recipe contains heaps of fibre, plant-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids & vitamins to keep you energized and happy throughout the day.
The sweetness from the banana really comes through and gives the granola a lovely naturally sweet flavour, and I personally absolutely love the variation of textures in this recipe with softness coming from the oats and different densities of crunch from the nuts & seeds. I often eat this by the handful, finding it impossible to resist whenever I walk past the jar, but it is gorgeous in a bowl with any kind of milk or yoghurt, sprinkled on smoothie bowls & porridge, or even enjoyed as a dessert on top of naughty or healthy ice-cream!
- 1-3 cups oats (personal taste)
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup flaxseeds
- 3 (very ripe) bananas
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.
- Place all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Place all of the wet ingredients in a food processer and blend.
- Add the wet mixture to the mixing bowl & mix well with the dry ingredients, making sure all of the dry ingredients are covered in the wet mixture.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Spread the combined mixture on to the lined baking tray & place it in the oven for 15 mins.
- After 15 mins, break up and move the granola clusters around so that they cook evenly & place back in the oven for a further 10-15 mins, or until the clusters have turned a golden brown colour.
- Remove the baking tray from the oven & turn off the heat.
- Allow the clusters to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.