Despite our best efforts at wanting to make a creative breakfast, in the middle of the week, late for work, you want something quick. Breakfast cereal is the go-to solution. Healthy homemade granola is filling and super easy to make. Bought cereal is not particularly filling or nutritious and is undoubtedly expensive/lousy value for money.
Making up a batch of homemade cereal is easy and not expensive. The only drawback is it does need baking in the oven for 20 minutes, ideally on the back of the evening meal or when you are baking something else. You can put the granola in the oven – even after it’s turned off and leave it for a little longer.
Granola Recipe Template
Below is a recipe for a healthy granola mix with several options so you can customise it. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, and the fun part about homemade breakfast cereal is that you can change it up and make it your own!
Shop-bought granola is often chunky; however, making homemade granola chunky is tricky without adding extra honey or syrup and perhaps melting in some sugar. The Kitchn suggests adding an egg white to the mixture before you put it into the oven. The key is not to overcook it – if it is overbaked, it won’t crisp up afterwards. Maybe worth a try if chunky is essential.
Choosing Your Ingredients
Go easy on your choice of spice, be it cinnamon, vanilla or pumpkin spice. I think it only needs a little, or it is too overpowering.
Many recipes call for pecans, but they can be expensive, so choose something in your price range. Walnuts and almonds are always good but so too are hazelnuts, all of which are in season.
Ditto with dried fruit; go for something in your price range that you like. Dates and figs are delicious but in moderation. Raisins and sultanas are a little less overpowering, as are apricots. Dried apple and ginger or orange zest and cranberries are great combinations. If you love coconut, use coconut oil with coconut flakes.
Homemade granola must be kept in a sealed jar or container for at least two weeks. Remember to pack it only when it is cool, or it will give off condensation and go mouldy. This batch fills a 500ml Kilner jar, approx ten servings.
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Healthy Homemade Granola
- 300 g traditional rolled oats (3 cups)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp table chia seeds optional
- 1 tbsp wheat bran optional
- 50 g edible seeds of your choice, for example; pumpkin, sunflower, or pine nuts
- 50 g nuts for example; walnuts, almonds, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts
- 50 g dried fruit, for example; raisins, chopped, apricots, cranberries, dates, figs, or golden raisins
- ½ tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice or vanilla
- ¾ tsp sea salt (fine)
- 60 ml maple syrup or honey (qtr cup)
- 60 ml light oil (olive oil) or coconut oil (qtr cup)
- Measure out all the ingredients. Put everything except the dried fruit into a large bowl. It is intended to be a highly flexible recipe. I have highlighted the ingredients I used but please adapt the recipe to your store cupboard and your preferences.
- Whisk together the cinnamon, honey, salt and oil and pour all over your dry ingredients, stirring it well.
- Lay the mixture evenly on a lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at 150°C. Keep an eye on it – you want it lightly golden.
- Once out of the oven, mix in the dried fruit and press down with a back of a metal spatula to encourage it to form clumps. If it is not clumpy enough – drizzle over a little more honey and press down again. Leave to cool.
- When cool, store in an airtight jar for up to 2-4 weeks.