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Recipe: Homemade Crunchy Granola

In this post I’ll share a great recipe with you for your own homemade crunchy and healthy granola!
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Although my diet was already really healthy (fresh vegetables and fruit every day, hardly any processed foods), I’ve been experimenting with my diet for the last weeks to see if that would improve my wellbeing. There’s always this sense of fatigue in my body and I’m not sure if that’s just due to a busy life or perhaps even some food products.

I started with cutting out coffee from my daily morning routine. Caffeine gives you a great kick to start off the day, but it can act like sugar and drain all your energy after the initial rush. The first two days were truly horrible: I had the worst possible headaches and felt tired and feverish. I don’t even want to know what it would feel like to kick off from drugs…
Second thing I cut out was bread and finally also ready-made sauces or any ready-made foods for that matter.
What I added to my diet were green smoothies, more meals with raw vegetables and a better balance of alkaline-acidic foods.

It may sound dull, but it is absolutely not. I experiment with lots of pulses, herbs and spices I had never used before and it makes my food taste better and it’s also so much healthier than using pre-made sauces or curry pastes. The biggest inspirations for my recipes are my own imagination combined with online recipes and the book Honestly Healthy for Life by Natasha Corrett and Vicky Edgson, I absolutely LOVE this book! Their recipe for homemade granola is so easy and the result is super yummy. I bet kids will also enjoy making this. The best thing of this granola is that it contains absolutely no chemical additives or other nasties. I guarantee that you you won’t want to buy cereals or muesli from the supermarket ever again after trying this! It’s very easy to find all the ingredients you need at organic supermarkets as WholefoodsPlanet Organic or online (I highly recommend the website Real Foods). You might be surprised to find lots of them at your local supermarket as well (I always go to Sainsbury’s and their organic section is continuously expanding).

Homemade crunchy granola

From the cookbook Honestly Healthy for Life by Natasha Corrett and Vicky Edgson, slightly altered by myself.
Ingredients (makes 750g granola)
Make sure to buy the organic alternatives for an even healthier result.

500g gluten-free jumbo oats
4 table spoons of olive oil
80g agave syrup
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
20g raw sesame seeds
50g raw pumpkin seeds
50g raw sunflower seeds
45g chopped up raw walnuts
40g chopped up raw cashew nuts
or 85g chopped up raw almonds (or a combination of different nuts)
100g chopped up dried apricots
30g coconut chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2, and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Put the oats into a large bowl and coat them with the olive oil, agave syrup, cinnamon and sesame seeds.
  3. Scatter the oats evenly over the baking tray and bake in the preheated oven. After 10 minutes they should be golden on top. Take them out out of the oven and stir them around so that all the oats become golden. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.

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    Scatter the oats evenly over the baking tray.

  4. Once all the oats are nice and golden, scatter the seeds and nuts over the top and bake for a further 8 minutes.

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    Once the oats are golden, add nuts and seeds.

  5. Remove from the oven and when cool mix in the dried apricots and coconut chips and store in an airtight container (large Kilner jar). This granola keeps up for up to 3 months.
  6. Serve with unsweetened almond milk or (soy) milk and add fresh fruits to the bowl if you wish. Blueberries add a nice soft texture to this crunchy granola.
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    Voilà! Your jar of healthy homemade granola.

    Feeling inspired? Check out the Honestly Healthy website for more recipes and tips!

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5 thoughts on “Recipe: Homemade Crunchy Granola

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  2. Hoi Zarina,
    Ik ben voor Educare op zoek naar een (gratis!) foto van een pot met granola en ik kan er geen vinden. Heb jij de onderste foto zelf gemaakt? Zo ja, mag ik hem gebruiken voor Educare en heb je hem ook in highres? Ik zet je naam er natuurlijk bij ;-). Groetjes, Marcella

    • Hoi Marcella,
      Ja, ik gebruik altijd foto’s die ik zelf heb genomen op mijn website. (Alleen bij hoge uitzondering niet, maar dat vermeld ik dan in de post).
      Uiteraard mag je de foto gebruiken, leuk! Ik mail je de foto morgen in highres (moet ‘m eerst opzoeken).
      Groeten, Zarina

  3. Sounds great and yummy! I hope your changes in food do make you feel better? Maybe there is a shortage of something, like magnesium or one of the vitamins? Even when eating healthy this can happen…

    • Hi Esther, I don’t know yet if the food helps or not. I guess it can take a few weeks too before noticing a significant difference. There are also other factors as stress and sleeping problems, but at least I’m enjoying trying out new recipes and rethinking food.

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