Easy recipes for difficult days – DIY Granola.

I started this series when I was ill at home. All I wanted to do was to stay inside and to curl up in a bowl. Being depressed robs you of your energy, pleasure in life, the will to take care of yourself and of going outside the door. A little silver lining (I you can call it that) could be that I was ‘inspired’ or ‘forced’ to make some things at home. I preferred to try to work with what I had instead of going out to the store. Because, you know, there are just too many people. I remember that I once ran into my former drama teacher and all I could do was to ugly cry in the flour section.

Long story shorter, I thought about all things that I could make myself without having to leave the comfort (again if we can call it that) of my own home. Bonus point was that you can be in pyjamas while making your own healthier and cheaper granola that store-bought.

Why I like this recipe.

  • It allows you to use up some seeds you bought to add to a salad once and you don’t know what to do with them. Or you tried to make chia pudding and it came out bwekkie.
  • Nuts are more healthy to eat when roasted. All plants have some form of defence against predators. Nuts have that too against birds, it makes them less appealing to be eaten. Therefore when you eat raw nuts it is slightly more difficult for our digestive system to absorb all the healthy contents that nuts have. On the other hand, when you roast them that will have also an impact on some nutrients. As always, do a little of both and take the middle way.
  • You’ll have something to snack on in between. And granola makes for a perfect breakfast when eaten with yoghurt or oats. It keeps you full and all you need to do is to add it.
  • It’s totally adjustable to your taste buds: you pick the kind of nuts, seeds, extra’s…..

What you’ll need

(before I was ill I really liked to cook, so I was lucky to have a lot ingredients in the pantry already).

  • oat flakes, 150 gr
  • nuts, unsalted but the kind you like, also 150 gr
  • seeds, think sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseeds, chia and so on. Put a mix together of 50 gr
  • 4 tablespoons of something sticky like honey, dates syrup, rice syrup, agave, …
  • if you happen to like coconut, throw 50 gr coconut flakes or grated coconut in your bowl
  • coconut oil, 3 tablespoons. Melted.
  • cinnamon, cacao, ginger, chocolate chips (not the healthies option but it’s possible)
  • dried fruit like dates, figs, apricot, … Look out for added sugars here!

Gathering the ingredients

Take one bowl and start adding …..
I forgot to include the date syrup in the first picture, so here it is.

How to make it.

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 °C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Yes, this will save you of a lot of sticky-ness while you’re doing the dishes.
  2. Take a big bowl and put the oat flakes in. Mix them with the nuts and the seeds.
  3. Proceed by making it sticky with the syrup of your choice. Add the coconut if you like.
  4. Pour 3 tablespoons of coconut oil through the mixture and stir so that the ingredients become coated with syrup and the oil.
  5. To finish your bowl you can adjust the flavor with cinnamon, cacao, ginger, … let them all mingle!
  6. Put the granola on your baking tray and shove it in the oven for 15 minutes. You can leave it longer to add more crunch but watch out that it doesn’t burn. I would say max 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Take it out and let the granola cool off.
  8. Add dried fruits cut in small pieces like dates, raisins, apricots, … whatever you like.

Ready to go into the oven

Cooled down and with added dates

How long will this last?

Store your granola in an airtight container and this batch will last you two weeks. If you can leave it alone for that long that is. Enjoy it as a topping on your yoghurt, add fresh fruits and have a wonderful start of your day!

11 thoughts on “Easy recipes for difficult days – DIY Granola.

  1. This sounds delicious! I used to make my own granola from time to time, but these days I don’t have enough seeds lying around. 😅 I recently discovered dried cranberries and cheese make a great quick snack, though.

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