We get through a lot of granola in our house and I'm experimenting with recipes to entice the children away from supermarket favourites...theirs not mine! It really is easy and you can mix and match nuts/ seeds/ fruit for what you like and what you can buy locally plastic free 💚 My dry ingredients come from Cupboard Love My other ingredients are mostly local Suffolk Honey, often bought from roadside stalls, Hillfarm Rapeside Oil, Vanilla essence is a store cupboard staple and my only plastic sin at the moment are sesame seeds or cranberries if I use them. I use baking paper on my trays as they're not the best condition but I reuse for multiple batches. Cool completely before storing in airtight containers, should last a month!!! I'll be amazed if mine ever lasts more than a week or two 🤣 Also makes a great gift, when visiting friends or staying overnight 💚 Have fun experimenting
This is my simplest go to recipe:
300g oats 100g chopped almonds 100g chopped pecans/ walnuts 150g sunflower seeds 80ml rapeseed oil 120ml honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon optional
Preheat oven to 150 C In a large bowl, stir oats, almonds and sunflower seeds together. In a separate bowl, mix together oil, honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Add to dry ingredients; mix well. Spread mixture onto two dry baking trays. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes; remove from oven and stir. Return to oven and continue baking until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing in airtight containers.
This options adds in fruit halfway, also I use cups with this one so a great one to do with my little ones, with a lot of brushing up afterwards:
1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup sunflower seed 4 tbsp sesame seeds optional 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup almonds chopped
1 cup raisins/ dried berries 1 cup coconut flakes
Heat oven to 150C
Method Mix oil, maple syrup/ honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and coconut, and mix well.
Tip the mix onto two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins, then mix in the coconut and dried fruit, and bake for 10-15 mins more. Then cool and store/ eat!
This last one is still in experimental stage, next I'll reduce cook time and probably remove flax seed as it has quite a strong flavour. We also use this as an after school/ work snack.
3 cups oats 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1/4 cup chopped almonds/walnuts 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground flax/ linseed optional (I bash mine in a pestle & mortar) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/3 cup veg oil, I use rapeseed 1 medium very ripe banana mashed 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract optional
Optional Add-Ins after cooking chocolate chips dried banana chips chia seeds 1/4 cup dried raisins or cranberries
You can substitute peanut butter and veg oil, for coconut oil and smooth almond butter slightly heated
Preheat the oven to 150 deg C
Method In a large bowl, combine the oats, shredded coconut, nuts, cinnamon, seeds and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the veg oil, peanut butter, mashed banana, honey, and vanilla extract.
Pour over oat mixture and stir until combined and moistened.
Spread granola in an even layer onto a prepared baking sheet and pat down flat with a spatula or your clean hands.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through. (DO not stir granola while baking). If edges get brown you can flip these into the middle without it breaking into too small a pieces
Remove pan from oven and allow granola to cool completely.
Once cool, break granola into clusters, toss in add-ins of your choice and store in an airtight container.