YES!!!! Many exclamation marks…I know! But last night, I think I discovered something that changed my life ! 😉 In fact, I had no idea that it was possible to make your own granola, but while browsing for some recipe inspiration for some Superfoods that I had selected to cook with, I stumbled upon a couple of recipes for home-made granola. And this made me super excited! Because I just love my granola very specifically, ideally with coconut, with exotic fruits and no nuts please. So well, this idea opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me! How amazing is that – customized granola??
So I went about and compared a couple of recipes I could find on the internet, and basically, most of them have following in common: A oats-seeds-nut base, a mix of a sticky sweetener with a vegetable oil and then all this gets baked. Dried fruits are added at the last few minutes of the backing process. Equipped with this new knowledge, I created last night my very first home made granola mix which is PACKED with Superfoods:
- Chia seeds
- Coconut flakes
- 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 cups of a nut-seed mix – your choice (I personally chose following mix: 2 tbsp flax, 1 tbsp Chia, 3 tbsp Sunflower seeds, 3 tbsp (fine) Coconut flakes, 3 tbsp raw buckwheat groats)
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil
- 1/3 cup of agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Mix the oats and the nut-seed mix
- Add the coconut oil and the agave syrup, salt and vanilla extract
- Mix everything very well
- Put on a baking pan and bake in the pre-heated oven at 350°F (= 180°C) for about 25-30 minutes, stir every 10 minutes, so nothing gets burned
- For the last 10 minutes of the baking process, add the dried fruits and I also added some big coconut flakes that got nicely roasted – hmmm!
- This morning I enjoyed them with some fresh milk – what a great start into the day!! Thank you for this discovery!
- The rest I kept safely in an airtight container and I read you can keep it for about 2 weeks – many happy mornings ahead
And oh, by the way, Happy Swiss National Holiday! Please note the special background below the bowl 😉