I’ve written about this amazing granola before, but now that the weather is finally warm and sunny, it’s so much fun to sit on the patio with a bowl of yogurt, fresh berries, and of course, this lovely crunchy granola on top! I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like yogurt can sometimes be too… smooth? Is that weird? I just like a little crunch in there! So this granola is the perfect addition.
I’m calling it SUPER GRANOLA, because it is simply super for your health! And my kids love that we call it that 😉
All the oats and seeds and nuts and chia have vitamins and protein, and help keep you full and satiated for longer than just fruit and yogurt alone. And because it is only lightly sweetened and not sickly sweet like those store-bought kinds (seriously, I count FOUR separate forms of sugar on the last packet I bought!), you don’t have to feel guilty about chowing down.
In a large mixing bowl combine:
2 to 2.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds, chopped or sliced
1/4 cup sunflower seed
1/4 cup flax seed
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional – any other nut will do as well)
1/4 cup pumpkin seed (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup Alnatura Bio Goldsirup, or Orgabic (Bio) Maple Syrup, or Honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons applesauce (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons smooth nut butter (I use peanut, but use whichever you like best)
Add after the mixture has cooled:
1/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins/sultanas/dried strawberries, apricots or whatever else you like)
Puffed cereal (optional)
Mix together the dry ingredients (do not add the dried fruit). Mix together the wet ingredients, and pour over the dry. Mix well with a spatula.
Spread mixture thinly on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Don’t be impatient and spread it too thick! It won’t crisp up or some will be crispy and some soft… I’m the most impatient cook in the world so I have made this mistake! It took me three batches to do all of mine.
Bake at 170C (325F) for 10-12 mins, mix the granola well, and bake another 10 or so minutes (watch it closely the last few minutes so that it doesn’t burn). Bake longer if it’s not deep golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet. Do the next couple of batches and when it’s all cooled, mix in the dried fruit and puffed cereal, if using. Transfer mixture into an air proof container. I’d say it keeps a good couple weeks in the cabinet, but mine never lasts that long!