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Homemade Granola

Granola generally contains dried fruit and nuts so will always be fairly high-calorie choice.

However, this is not a bad thing if you know you will be exercising and working off the energy – there are lots of health benefits of dried fruit and nuts.

Shop-bought granola on the other hand tends to be jam-packed with bad sugars and contains far more nutritionally poor calories.

Make a batch of this absolutely delicious granola at home, keep it in an airtight container, and on a day you need lots of energy it’s a ready-made breakfast that’s hard to beat!

You can swap the dried fruit and nuts/seeds listed below for any of your favourite alternatives.

INGREDIENTS (makes one large batch):
350g rolled oats
50g raisins
50g chopped dates
50g chopped apricot
50g almonds, chopped or flaked
50g pecans, chopped
25g sunflower seeds
25g pumpkin seeds
2 tbsps. coconut oil
1 tbsp. runny honey
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt

Heat your oven to 180degrees

Pour the oats into a layer on the bottom of a large baking tray with sides.

Sprinkle the cinnamon and salt evenly across them.

Melt the coconut oil for a few seconds in a small dish in the microwave, then drizzle across the oats.

Toss the oats so that they are evenly covered in the oil then place into the oven.

Cook for 8 – 10 minutes, tossing the oats halfway through so they toast evenly.

Add the nuts and seeds, then toast for a further 4 – 5 minutes or until the oats just start of brown at the edges.

Remove from the heat and mix in the dried fruit.

Drizzle the honey across the top of the mix and toss together to mix evenly.

Leave the granola spread evenly on the baking tray to cool gently – it will become more crunchy as it cools.

When fully cooled place into an airtight container.

Serve at a 40g portion with milk or almond milk, or 30g on top of a bowl of yoghurt and a handful of fresh berries.