Making your own granola is fairly simple and does not have to take much time. It is not only healthy and delicious; it is probably also healthier and cheaper than ready-made from the supermarket.
You can vary endlessly with the ingredients, and see what you like most, or just make a different combination each time you make it.
If you do not want or cannot eat gluten, oat flakes are your basis, and if you want a mix, you can buy a 5 or 7 grain mix or compose it yourself with flakes of oats, barley, rye, spelt, maize, rice, wheat or buckwheat
You can also use all kind seeds and thus make a delicious addition to your own granola. For example, consider; pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
When having in the house, I sometimes add coconut shavings or grater. As you see in the recipe below.
I stick to the below recipe roughly, each ingredient can be a little more or less each time. For example, sometimes I don’t have that many raisins, then I add extra cranberries or figs.
What is the difference between muesli, granola and cruesli?
I actually call my homemade mix muesli, but actually it’s granola. The difference is that muesli is unbaked and granola is roasted. And often it has added sugars and oil, so that the oat flakes are nicely crispy. Then there is also muesli: It is generally baked but can also be roasted, and has more oil and sugars, whereby the flakes stick together more. Muesli, granola and cruesli can have the same ingredients, with the difference that muesli has no extra sugars and oil.
In my recipe the amount of oil and honey is relatively little, so that the flakes remain separate from each other, but you can of course add more yourself if you want more of a cruesli mix.
Ingredients for your homemade granola
- About 400 gram of oat flakes (or 4 big tea cups)
- 2 cups of mixed, raw, unsalted nuts (e.g. hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds)
- 1/3 cup of sesame seeds
- 2/3 cup of sunflower seeds (or a mix of different seeds)
- 1 cup of coconut grater
- 2 cups of dried fruit mix, such as apricots/bananas, raisins, sultana, cranberries, figs)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 4 hefty tbsp coconut oil
6 tbsp honey
How do you make your granola
- Preheat the oven to about 160 degrees.
- Roughly chop the nuts, for example by putting them in a (clean) tea towel and hitting them with a hammer).
- Mix the oat flakes (or a mix of flakes) with the cinnamon and salt.
- Let the coconut oil become liquid by heating it in ‘au bain marie’ or in the microwave for a few seconds.
- Mix with the honey or maple syrup with the oil, then pour it over the flake mix.
- Grease a silicone baking pan with coconut oil or line a baking tray with baking paper or silver foil and grease it.
- Put the mixture in the plate and put it in the oven.
- Set a timer to 20 minutes. Scoop the granola every 5 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, add the nut mix and the grated coconut flakes.
- Let the mixture bake for another 10 – 20 minutes.
Keep stirring the mixture every 5 minutes and keep an eye on whether it needs to be in the oven for a shorter or longer period of time.
When the granola looks golden brown and is crispy, remove the mixture from the oven.
- Add seeds.
- Add dried fruit.
An idea: I cut dried apricots into smaller pieces.
The reason that I only add the seeds and fruit when everything has just come out of the oven, is that they can otherwise quickly become too hard due to the heat of the oven.
- Mix everything well and now let your granola cool down.
Do not put the mix in a sealed jar until it has really cooled down.
Extra bonus: Just like baking a cake, your house also smells really good!
You can make your muesli, granola or cruesli as richly filled as you want.
I like a lot of nuts and seeds myself. And I eat it mainly in combination with yogurt and I am certainly not stingy with the amount of granola then.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I eat it for breakfast almost every day, but if I’ve had a good hot lunch, it may well become my evening meal.
Nutritious, easily digestible and very tasty.
Enjoy your granola and if you have any tips to make it even more delicious let me know.
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