One thing Janice loves to buy is granola and there are so many out there to choose from but many come with a hefty price-tag so she decided to make her own!

Ingredients

  • 250g rolled oats
  • 50g dried cranberries or raisins 
  • 40g pumpkin seeds
  • 40g flaked almonds
  • 40g cashew nuts
  • 40g whole almonds 
  • 2-3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey

After a long weekend in Berlin which consisted of one too many Steins, sausages and I would like to say strudel, but I’m attempting a month without sweets and chocolate, so it was purely savoury food indulgence and a great one at that!

Now it’s back to work and back to 'being good' and not just because my jeans feel extremely tight, but because I blew the budget over the weekend! As with everyone, I find when you’re trying to eat healthily, it’s so much more expensive than if you were to dine out on the euro-saver meal every night.

One thing I LOVE to buy is granola. Turns out, it’s the easiest thing in the world to make and you can rustle-up a decent-sized batch for about €2 – bargain!

This is great to have after a good work-out, I love it with some cold almond milk or a good dollop of Greek yoghurt. The only problem really is restraining yourself from eating the entire thing in one go – it has been done!

You can adapt the ingredients to suit your tastes – so use whichever nuts, seeds or dried fruit you like yourself. I did try making it without honey and just loads of cinnamon but it really needs something sweet in it, so even a squeeze of honey makes a difference.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. In a large baking tray spread out your oats and add in the two spoons of coconut oil. They will be solid at this stage but don’t worry, after about 5 minutes in the oven it will melt and you can mix it around. Sprinkle your cinnamon over the oats and spread evenly. 
  3. Place it in the oven and after about 5 minutes mix everything around on the tray to make sure the oil is well mixed in. Leave in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, checking it along the way. 
  4. I place my nuts, seeds and raisin into a pan on a medium to low heat with a small bit of coconut oil and cook them separately until they are nicely toasts – not burnt! When they are done, place them into a large bowl and wait until the oats are ready.
  5. Remove the tray from the oven and mix the oats with your nut/fruit mix. Add in your honey while it’s warm so it melts in together.
  6. The granola will last for a few weeks when stored in an air-tight container, if it lasts that long!


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