Wednesday, 17 September 2014

How to make Healthy Granola/Oat Mix

This is probably my favourite breakfast at the moment. I like to add a mix of chopped fruit and natural yogurt :-)
This is a healthier way than just buying it in the shops. It doesn't take too long to do and you can get a few portions out of it depending how much you make and how much you have each portion.

So if you are trying to be more healthier than definitely try this, it is very yummy :-)

You can do any measurements but i like to make enough for more than one portion. I tend to get about 4-5 portions out of this. Depending how much i use really...

I weigh out 150 grams of oats.

I take a mix of different nuts and weigh out 150 grams.
Here i am using cashews, mixed almonds, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds and flaked almonds.

I then chop the nuts up (to the size you like)

Then i take 50 grams of coconut oil and 50 grams of honey and put into a saucepan.
Or you can use maple syrup to be even healthier but honey gives it a much sweeter taste :-) 

I put all of my oats and nut mix on to a baking tray and heat the oil and honey. I melt it about half way then turn the heat off as i don't want it to be really hot or over cook.

Then you can pour over the mixture from the saucepan.

Then i would add cinnamon over the mix. I only had a tiny bit left for this portion but you can add as much as you like. I usually add quite a bit more than in the photo. 

Then i use my hands to mix it up so that all the nuts and oats are covered well. I squeeze clumps together with my fingers too to help stick the oats together (like granola) however honey isn't the stickiest but if we used golden syrup then it wouldn't be that healthy! 

This is the finished result.

I put this in the oven on gas mark 3 on the top shelf for 15 minutes.
I make sure i set the timer on my phone so it doesn't over burn.

I then mix it about and then put it back in to brown again for 5 minutes.
Then again take it out, mix it around, put it in another 5 minutes and then again for one last 5 minutes.

Usually 3 lots of 5 minutes with mixing up in between each time evenly browns it all perfectly. 
That is the best way i found to cook it anyway but you may find a different timing routine, depending on your oven or how cooked you like it.

Next time i make this i think i will chop up ALL of the nuts/seeds together and store in a tupperware so when i go to cook it i don't need to stand there each time chopping because that is the part that takes the longest.

I hope you enjoyed this post and do let me know if you are going to try this out :-)

Carly x

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