I made this granola this morning, using a mixture of various granola recipes I have seen on the internet, and can testify that it tastes almost exactly like it's shop bought! Why make granola if you can just buy it in a shop anyway I hear you ask? Well it gives me a lot of pleasure to make something from scratch, you know exactly what you're getting and how it was made.
Secondly, things like granola are often packaged so nicely that I'm not sure whether you're actually paying for the branding or the stuff inside! This version is definitely going to be much cheaper than any fancy organic health shop granola, and it's so easy!
2 cups rolled oats (I bought a huge bag in Sainsbury's for £2 which still has tonnes left in it)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 cup of soaked and chopped almonds (or other nuts)
1 cup of dried fruit (I used raisins, cranberries and chopped dried apricots)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground dried ginger
Pinch of salt
Before you start, you want to soak the almonds overnight so that they are softened and easy to chop
Preheat oven to 180
In a pan on very low heat, melt the honey and the coconut oil together - make sure it doesn't boil!
Add the ginger, cinnamon and salt
Take off heat and stir in the oats and nuts
Spread on baking tray and roast in the oven for about 20 mins, stirring every so often
Wait to cool, and combine with the dried fruit
This recipe is really versatile... you could try adding peanut/almond butter into the coconut oil and honey, use maple syrup instead of honey or add coconut flakes and dark chocolate (yum), next time I'm going to experiment with using apple sauce instead of coconut oil, as I've got some apple sauce I made last week in the freezer, so will probably be posting another recipe soon!