Yesterday, when I got back from the gym, I decided that I would try and make some home made granola for OH. Why, you ask? Well, next door to the gym, is a really good little grocery store that I often pop into, as they sell the most divine avocado and humous dip that I just can't resist.
This week, we needed some toilet rolls, so I popped in and got them, plus the dip I love and I always stop to look at the huge bags of chia seeds, dried cranberries and blueberries, dates, cacao powder, etc. etc. that they also sell. I have a long list of things that I want to buy from there next month to stock up.
By way of excusing my future haul, (which I'll post when I finally do it) I got to thinking about what I could use all of the ingredients for and decided that instead of buying OH granola ready made from the supermarket, which he often complains is too sweet, that I would start to make it myself.
I already had plenty of ingredients in the cupboard at home, so I set to and started straight away.
I'd seen videos on YouTube before, which showed you how to bake granola in the oven, but when I got in I found a recipe which was so quick and easy and was done by a stove top method, roasting the ingredients in a large frying pan using coconut oil. I tried it out as it looked so easy and only takes 5 or 10 minutes to roast off the dried ingredients, which I added melted butter and agave syrup to.
Here's what it looked like after I'd pan roasted it and was waiting for it to cool down so I could add the dried fruit.
Here's what it looked like after the fruit was added. (I probably added a few too many sultanas, but never mind). I just need to find a jar to keep it in now.
This recipe included the following ingredients all of which I already had:
3 cups of Oats
2 tbsp Wheatbran
2 tbsp Flaxseed mix
80 ml Agave syrup
1 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp Melted butter
1 tbsp Chia seeds
1/4 cup chopped Walnuts
1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup Sultanas
6 Dates chopped up small
Hopefully it should keep OH going for a while. It's also good as a snack to take around in a small container in your handbag.
I'm looking forward to adding to my store cupboard so that I can vary this recipe every time I make it.