In response to the smug thought that entered your brain when you saw the pretentious title – no I do not have my own kiln, nor do I weave my own dresses out of wheat.
I’ve been experimenting lately with creating my own granola, purely due to the fact that I’m a fresh graduate living off the remnants of my last dose of student loan. And with supermarkets charging ridiculous amounts for a small box of granola, I decided to take it upon myself to create the same thing, but tastier, healthier, and far cheaper.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can add or take away any ingredients dependent on your preferences or available food.
SERVES 1 • PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES • COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
- 50g of rolled oats
- 15g of chia seeds
- 20g of sunflower seeds
- 20g of almonds
- 10g desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2tsp mixed spice
- 2tbsp of maple syrup/ flavoured coffee syrup*
Optional extras: pumpkin seeds, sultanas, cashew nuts, walnuts.
*I often like to use sugar-free flavoured coffee syrups in my baking (like those ones they put in your coffee at Starbucks), which I usually buy from TK Maxx. These add delicious flavour and sweetness to your recipe.
- Add all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well.
- Transfer to an oven-proof dish.
- Bake on 180°C for 20-25 minutes, stirring half way through.
- I like to serve this with a soya yoghurt (Tesco’s Free From Range are absolutely delicious), mixed in with whatever Alpro milk I have in the fridge (it also works really well with Alpro Coconut milk). This creates a lovely, thick and creamy ‘milk’ to pour over your cereal, flavoured from whichever yoghurt you’ve chosen.
- Top with any fresh fruit that takes your fancy, and enjoy!
“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ”
– Paulo Freire