A friend of mine asked where do you start when making your own granola? She explained that "it all seemed a little too complicated, she didn't have any fancy kitchen equipment and felt limited on time in her kitchen."
Stepping into the kitchen can seem a little bit daunting and those reasons that you tell yourself to not be there can be easy to listen to but by deciding that you're going to make something can sometimes be the hardest decision, and you've made it.
So we chatted about where to start, when she could make a little time and a quick recipe to use. I've made a little blog to try and help anyone who also wants to start making their own granola too.
Let's make some simple and delicious granola together.
Before you start, you'll have these things in your kitchen...
a sharp knife
a big enough vessel to mix it all together in (I sometimes use a saucepan),
a measuring cup (yes, I've use a 'normal' sized tea cup before too) or scales!
an oven tray/dish,
an oven :)
Secondly, write the ingredients in a list or take a screen shot of this recipe or even save this page to your phone as an icon!! Head to the shops after checking your cupboards to see if you've got any ingredients lurking at the back and if it's at the very back check the date :)
This recipe is filled with awesome ingredients that you can get just about anywhere! I'm currently finding that out by making things in a different hemisphere!!
Time to prepare: 5-10 minutes
Time to cook: 20-25 minutes
You will need...
2 ripe bananas
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp honey/agave nectar/liquid sweetener
3 cups oats (300g)*
1/2 cup mixed seeds (65g) - I used 50:50 pumpkin:sunflower
1 cup sultanas/raisins (175g)
1 cup nuts, chopped (almonds) (100g)
1/2 tsp coconut oil (for greasing)
*If the bananas are big then I add more oats. Adjust according the size of your bananas. I can add anywhere up to half a cup more.
Once you've got your ingredients you get to make this...wooooo!!
Now you could dedicate a little bit of time (half an hour ish) to make this or if you're a little time restricted.... pop all the ingredients into a bowl while you're making dinner and have this baking while your oven is on,
My favourite time to make this is before everyone gets up. A little me time to start my day... while it cooks I put together my packed lunch, pat my cats, wash my one bowl and cut up some fruit to have with my freshly baked granola. The house is then filled with great smells as everyone wakes up.
How to create...
Preheat your oven to 180' - gas mark 6 and grease your tray or oven dish with your coconut oil.
Put the bananas, honey and ginger in a bowl and squish together.
Pour in your oats, seed mix, sultanas/raisins and chopped nuts and mix together. Make sure everything is coated in your banana mix but leave some bigger clumps as these will become clusters.
Pour the mix into your tray or oven dish and bake for 20 - 25 minutes making sure your check it every 5-10 minutes and mix it around to ensure an even bake.
Let it cool down and store in an airtight container for up to a two weeks (if it lasts that long).
Serve with some fresh fruit, some sneaky mouse or some coconut yogurt.
There's one thing I must warn you of. Once you start making granola you'll be hooked!
Hope you find this helpful and have a little fun creating it,
This recipe is plant based, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegan and is full of wholesome goodness. All the ingredients I use I try to use organic, local and fair trade where possible and necessary but it’s up to you to choose what you want to use.
Did you know...
As well as being a great spice to add to many dishes ginger may help to reduce nausea, pain and inflammation. It's also contains a compound called phenolic which may help relieve gastrointestinal irritation (1).