Nothing tastes as good as crunchy granola in your yogurt, and how it pairs so well with the freshness of fruits. When you make your own granola you pick the plan, you add your favourites and you leave out the rest. The rest being all the unhealthy bits that are hidden in your store bought granola. Have you read the nutrient labels? Sugar levels so high you may as well eat a chocolate bar. How can so many ingredients can be slipped into a recipe and add such a complex flavour profile, be advertised as healthy but be so bad for your health?
So why not make your own? Do you have oats, honey, peanut butter in your cupboards? Do you keep handy all your favourite nuts and seeds? Maybe a little chocolate if you fancy it. Granola is extremely easy to make, it’s extremely delicious and it lasts up to two weeks in your cupboards. Make the entire recipe because chances are when your Mom comes to visit she’ll sneak some into her breakfast too. And any good cook knows its better to share.
1 cup – oats, dry
1 cup – quinoa, uncooked
1/4 cup – coconut flakes
1/2 cup – your favourite nuts/ seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup of peanut butter (all-natural preferably)
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of coconut oil
2 tbsp of brown sugar
Spray your favourite ceramic 9 x 13 with cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350F Toast your coconut, quinoa, and oats on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Once your coconut, quinoa and oats are done toasting add the remaining dry ingredients and mix well. In a small sauce pan bring all your wet ingredients to a boil over medium heat, once simmering, smoother your dry ingredients and make sure everything is evenly coated. Transfer your mix into your ceramic dish and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Let your granola cool, and if you’d like to push your tastebuds into overload heat up some chocolate and drizzle your granola. Continue to let cool for another 2 hours before cutting them into squares or transferring them into jars for granola.
A friendly reminder to not eat all the clusters at first even though they are the best little granola bites on the planet, when you get closer to the bottom you’ll be disappointed in yourself for not leaving any of them.