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A healthy granola recipe made with honey, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. This recipe is so easy to make and makes enough for a whole week of yummy breakfasts. Adapt it with your own favourite nuts and fruits and serve it with a dollop of Greek yogurt or milk and fresh berries.
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day….
Although I love nothing more than a long, lazy breakfast usually containing eggs, smoked salmon and a large steaming cup of tea. Throughout the week there is just no time for that, let’s face it.
On weekdays I want to start my day with something delicious but quick to make (I’m talking seconds) and it has to be relatively healthy. Banana on toast, chopped fruit and yogurt, a warming bowl of porridge or this homemade healthy granola.
What’s great about this healthy granola recipe is that you can adapt it with so many different flavours. I went with a mix of whole nuts, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots and blueberries. If you’re looking for some other great ingredients to add to your homemade granola then check out the list below.
What Ingredients Can I Add To My Granola?
- Any unsalted nuts of your choice (walnuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds etc)
- Dried fruits such as raisins, pineapple, figs, ginger etc.
- Goji berries (very healthy and great for the immune system)
- Desiccated coconut or finely sliced coconut (one of my favourite additions)
- Mixed seeds
How To Make Homemade Healthy Granola – Step By Step
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl except for the dried fruit. Tip: If you are using desiccated coconut then add this at the very last stage.
Add the honey, sugar and orange juice to a pan and heat it gently until the sugar has dissolved. Do not let the mixture boil. Add the sunflower oil and stir (photos 2-4).
Add the orange/honey mixture to the granola mix and toss it until it’s completely coated. Spread it out in an even layer over two large, lined baking trays. Tip: rub the baking parchment with a little drizzle of sunflower oil before spreading the granola over to stop it sticking (photos 5-6).
Bake the granola for 10 minutes until just starting to turn golden then toss and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Don’t let the colour go past golden. Let it cool completely then add the chopped dried fruit and toss it until completely mixed together. Store in sealed containers for up to 1 month (photos 7-8).
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Easy Healthy Granola with Honey and Nuts
- 3 cups (300g) rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups (175g) mixed whole nuts
- 1/2 cup (70g) pumpkin seeds , unsalted
- 1 cup (140g) dried fruit , finely chopped
- 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
- 1/4 cup (60g) brown sugar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil plus 1-2 drops for greasing
- Preheat the oven to 180 degreesC/350F/gas mark 4 and line two large baking trays with baking parchment. Drizzle the trays with a couple drops of sunflower oil and brush over the lined trays.
- Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl apart from the dried fruit.
- Place the orange juice, sugar and honey in a saucepan over a medium heat and heat it gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tbsp sunflowers oil.
- Pour the orange/honey mixture over the granola mix and toss until completely coated.
- Spread the oat mixture in thin layers on the baking trays and bake for around 10 mins or until starting to turn golden. You need to keep an eye on the granola so it does not burn. Toss the granola and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely. Add the chopped dried fruit and toss. Store in airtight containers for up to one month.
- Serve with milk or Greek yoghurt and fresh berries.
- If you are using desiccated coconut then add this at the very last stage with dried fruit as it will burn easily in the oven.
- unsalted nuts of your choice (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews etc)
- dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, banana chips, goji berries, pineapple, figs etc)
- Desiccated coconut or finely sliced coconut
- Freeze dried fruits (raspberries/strawberries etc)
- Mixed seeds (unsalted)
- I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
- When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
- All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
- All recipes are tested and developed using a fan (convection) oven
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