Healthy, homemade granola

It has come to my interest recently that some store bought, ‘healthy’ muesli’s can contain as much sugar per serving as the well-known, highly processed cereal offenders. So over the weekend I decided to make some good old, healthy homemade granola.

However, when I was looking up granola recipes over the internet, I also found many recipes included refined sugar, fruit juices and a lot of dried fruit. If you’re looking to start the day with a healthy breakfast, the last thing you want is to be loaded up with your daily intake of sugar before the day has even begun, so after browsing through a few recipes, I came up with my own using ingredients already in my pantry. Best of all, there is no added sugar (honey and sultanas are the only ingredients containing natural sugar), so without knowing the actual nutritional value of this recipe, I would say it is quite a healthy alternative to some of the cereals and museli’s available.

Ingredients

2 cups mixed rolled oats, barley and rye (I used Be Natural ‘quick’ variety)
¾ cup regular rolled oats
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. LSA mix (linseed, sunflower kernel, almond)
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger (though fresh grated ginger would be awesome!)
½ cup sultanas
3 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. olive oil

Optional extras
½ cup mixed nuts (as much as I love nuts, I’m not a fan of nuts in cereal)
2 tbsp. sunflower seeds (unfortunately I didn’t have any in the pantry)

Preheat oven to 160°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.  Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl and spread over the baking try. Drizzle with honey and olive oil, combine well with a wooden spoon and spread evenly over on the tray. Bake for  12 – 15 minutes until golden, checking every 5 minutes by taking out of the oven and mixing with a wooden spoon.

Take out of oven and sprinkle with sultanas and allow to cool.

Serve with ½ cup milk and a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt, or sprinkle ½ a cup over 2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit. Delish!

This granola will keep in an air tight container for up to two weeks.

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