Do you have enough of a sandwich or oatmeal tray? Then join this breakfast trend from America. Granola is a healthy granola mix of nuts, seeds, seeds and other food that is in your kitchen cupboard. Just roast in the oven and your healthy breakfast is ready. Delicious with yogurt, with almond milk or as a snack.
Make Your own Healthy Granola
When muesli, cruelly and oatmeal were first on the shelves with breakfast cereals, granola also conquered a permanent place. In America this ‘new’ breakfast is already fully established. It is standard on the menu in hip breakfast tents and on the internet you will find plenty of inspiring photos of glass jars filled with crunchy granola. And also in the latest cookbooks from Runs K ruse and Ella Woodward is a recipe for this healthy breakfast mix. Of course we cannot stay behind!
Is granola not the same as muesli and cruelly?
Yes and no. Granola can not be compared to the standard muesli that you find in the supermarket, because it is not roasted like granola is roasted in the oven. If you roast muesli with sugar and oil, you get cruelly. Like cruelly, granola is a mix of seeds, nuts, dried fruit and other things that you like (from chocolate to coconut). Just because you make it yourself, you can make it as (un) healthy granola as you want. Make your own gluten-free, sugar-free granola or sweeten it with maple syrup or honey. The leftover quinoa or oat flakes in your kitchen cupboard finally get a destination. Granola is tasty with (Greek) yogurt, curd cheese, but also as a topping on oatmeal or with almond milk.
Make your own granola
If you do not feel like following a recipe and want to fill those glass jars with your own granola mix, this basic recipe can help you.
Ingredients for a large stock:
- 175 grams of oatmeal flakes (possibly mixed with regular quinoa or quinoa flakes)
- 1 teaspoon of your favorite herbs or a mix of them. For example: cardamom, cinnamon, gingerbread, clove
- a pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or sunflower oil
- 100 grams of chopped nuts of your choice, such as almonds and walnuts
- 3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or agave syrup (you can omit this)
- pieces of dark chocolate, coconut grater, dried fruit, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, mix and fry until golden brown in about twenty minutes. You can store it for about two weeks in an airtight container.
Chocolate buckwheat granola
Ingredients for a hefty pot:
- 300 grams (gluten-free) oatmeal flakes
- 300 grams of buckwheat
- 75 grams of shaved coconut
- 100 grams of hazelnuts
- 100 grams of walnuts
- 25 grams of grated coconut
- 3 tbsp. linseed
- 100 ml of curable coconut oil
- 100 ml of honey
- 75 grams of cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tab coarse sea salt
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Put the oatmeal flakes, buckwheat, coconut shavings, together with linseed and coconut grater in a bowl. Chop the walnuts and pecans coarsely and add them. Melt the coconut oil in a pan. Add the honey, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and sea salt. Briefly simmer while stirring in the meantime. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with a spatula so that everything is well covered. Cover a baking sheet with baking paper. Divide the granola over the baking sheet and press well with the flat side of a spatula. Drop some extra honey.
Bake the granola in 30-35 minutes without touching the granola (so do not shovel). That way you get the big chunks. The granola is ready when it turns brown and the kitchen starts to smell nice.